Star Trek’s Mirror Universe is 1 of—hell, the—most popular parallel universes in science fiction background. In point, it virtually has a timeline of its possess as rich as the key actuality of Trek alone. So if you have been puzzled by all the Mirror-verse happenings in Discovery—and why would not you be?—we’re below to help set it all jointly.
The get we’ve explored the Mirror Universe in is, just like Trek as a complete, not exactly chronologically linear. As just about every Star Trek collection has jumped backwards or forwards in time, so has our window into this most popular of alternate realities. Some of the “newest” info on the Mirror Universe is two many years old, though new info about its early yrs been exposed consistently more than the system of Star Trek: Discovery’s ongoing initially year, which has invested its again fifty percent on a new Mirror experience. So, for convenience’s sake, we’ll be managing as a result of this chronologically in terms of the Mirror Universe’s timeline, not by the chronological get of Star Trek collection themselves.
Business Era: Origins of an Empire
Just as Business alone demonstrates some of the earliest yrs of Starfleet and the eventual beginning of the Federation, a great deal of what we master of the Mirror Universe in equally areas of the year 4 story “In a Mirror, Darkly” is from some of the earliest times of the increase of the Terran Empire.
Although not explicitly shown, the Terran Empire seemingly rose out of a political faction on Earth just before humanity took to the stars. The Mirror variation of Captain Archer explained the Empire as acquiring been all around for hundreds of yrs, and provided Business is set in the 2150s, it is probable some sort of it existed pre-human spaceflight or even just before the unification of Earth. Either way, the Terran Empire as we know it definitely started in 2063, when Zefram Cochrane manufactured call with the initially Vulcans to land on Earth, as he does in Star Trek’s key actuality. As a substitute of giving a handshake, Mirror Cochrane merely shot the initially Vulcan he met and then pillaged their ship—stealing engineering that sends humanity not just over and above Earth, but on a mission of conquest versus the other sentient species of the cosmos.
Just beneath a century soon after that initially meeting, the Terran Empire was completely set up, and the Vulcans, Andorians, Tellarites, Orions, and Denobulans experienced all been conquered and subjugated by the human regime. And which is when a temporal accident sent 1 of the U.S.S. Defiant—a 23rd-century, Structure-Class cruiser like Kirk’s Business—to the 22nd-century Mirror Universe all through the situations of “The Tholian World wide web.” Although it was briefly captured by the Tholians, the Mirror variation of Archer’s Business crew took it by pressure.
The Defiant was wildly far more advanced than any other ship recognized to the Empire at the time, and Archer prepared to use its huge energy to overthrow the existing, unidentified Emperor and rule the Terran Empire. As a substitute, his previous “Captain’s Woman” Hoshi Sato betrayed him, poisoned him, and became Empress herself soon after threatening to bombard Earth with the Defiant’s advanced weaponry, if the existing ruling get didn’t post to her will. They did.
Discovery Era: A New Hope
Roughly a century later, in the 2250s, not a great deal has changed for the Empire when Star Trek: Discovery enters the Mirror Universe in its presently-ongoing story line. The Empire was still the dominant pressure of the Alpha Quadrant, despite the fact that seemingly the title bestowed upon its ruler experienced turn out to be gender-neutral due to the fact the times of Empress Sato, and the Mirror variation of Phillipa Georgiou was the existing “Faceless Emperor” of the regime. Seemingly the Emperor no for a longer period rules from Earth alone (presumably to prevent situations like, say, another person rolling up with a significant spaceship and threatening to bomb the earth to bits), due to the fact Emperor Georgiou seems on a gigantic cityship that also serves as the Imperial Palace, the I.S.S. Charon, which seems like it is powered by a big, star-like reactor.
What we do know far more about is the Empire’s opponents. The ongoing rebellion versus the Terrans by the races they’d conquered survived the arrival of the Defiant the century prior, and is now joined by the Klingons. Unlike their key counterparts of the exact same period, these Klingons correctly united the ruling Homes of their homeworld—led by the Mirror variation of Voq, who became a popular rebel figure recognized as the “Firewolf”—to sort a single front pushing again versus the Terran Empire alongside the Tellarites, Andorians, Vulcans, and other species.
Sadly, it appears like a great deal of this fleeting rebellion could have been wrecked, soon after Emperor Georgiou callously bombed its main foundation of operations just before Voq and his fellow allies could evacuate. Who appreciates, perhaps we’ll master they survived by the time Discovery’s initially year has occur to an stop?
Speaking of Discovery, the crew, presently trapped in the Mirror universe, invested this weekend’s episode making an attempt to get ahold of the Defiant’s records, hoping to figure out how it mysteriously appeared in the Mirror-verse in the former century in hopes of employing that information to return to the Prime universe. You can master far more about how that went in our most modern Star Trek: Discovery recap.
Star Trek: The Authentic Sequence Era: Modifying Fortunes
Our initially-ever come across with the Mirror Universe in the unique collection episode “Mirror, Mirror” is set just a decade soon after the situations of Discovery. But we still get some new info, like the point that even with the Vulcans experienced been subjugated hundreds of years in the past by the Empire, by the 2260s they could provide aboard Imperial starships—in point, Spock was not just allowed on-board the I.S.S. Business, but served as its second-in-command. His father Sarek, exposed as a rebel versus the Empire in Discovery’s Mirror Universe experience, was possibly whichever the Vulcan equivalent of “royally pissed” is about it.
Or else, everything’s the exact same. The Terran Empire still dominated the quadrant, gleefully putting down rebellions when they come up with an iron fist. It is not until the stop of “Mirror, Mirror” that the seeds are sown for a major transform in the long run of the Mirror Univers. In the vicinity of the stop of the key Kirk and team’s sojourn into the malicious alt-actuality, Kirk managed to encourage Mirror Spock that it is illogical to provide an Empire which is doomed to tumble 1 working day, and that no galactic rule could perpetually sustain alone on fear and cruelty. The phrases stick with Mirror Spock, who went on to overthrow Mirror Kirk and inevitably spark a revolution that would essentially alter the Mirror Universe permanently.
Prime Kirk also gave Spock obtain to a mysterious mystery weapon his Mirror counterpart experienced, termed the Tantalus Subject, which Kirk offers like it can get rid of virtually any person in the universe remotely—which appears like it would be a incredibly practical bit of equipment for any person organizing a violent revolution. Yay?
Deep Space 9 Era: New Foes, New Rebels
By the late 24th-century, the Mirror Universe experienced been through the most dramatic variations it experienced ever seen. Very good news: Mirror Spock took Kirk’s concept to coronary heart, employing his place of energy (and aforementioned superweapon) to increase to rule the Terran Empire, enacting a swathe of reforms that brought about disarmament and a far more peaceful, less warlike variation of alone. Lousy news: That less aggressive and demilitarized Empire got overthrown by an alliance amongst the Klingons and Cardassians, which liberated the worlds dominated by the Empire, and proceeded to enslave the Vulcans and Terrans themselves. The Alliance then became the dominating rulers of the Alpha Quadrant, led by Regent Worf.
Instantly locating themselves dominated rather of ruling, Terrans fashioned a rebellion fairly like the types they’d invested the prior hundreds of years ruthlessly putting down. Motivated by an accidental trip into the Mirror Universe by Dr. Bashir and Kira Nerys in Deep Space 9’s “Crossover,” the Mirror variation of Benjamin Sisko led an structured revolution versus the Alliance forces, hanging out at the earth Bajor, a important member of the Alliance subsequent its liberation from Terran palms, and the Cardassian station it was dominated from. Mirror Sisko fell in fight, and was changed by the Mirror variation of Miles O’Brien. With a small help from the Prime actuality in the sort of options to for a new I.S.S. Defiant, the Terran Resistance inevitably captured Mirror Worf, signaling the downfall of the Alliance’s rule.
However we very last observed the “latest” from the Mirror Universe all the way again in 1999 on Tv, ancillary Star Trek substance has tried to consider and fill in some extra gaps in the alt-reality’s hundreds of years-lengthy timeline. Almost everything from guides, to video online games, to even comics have slotted themselves into the spans of many years remaining untouched by Trek collection, but over and above Deep Space 9, we never definitely have an concept of wherever the Mirror Universe went soon after the Alliance’s downfall.
For the foreseeable long run, which is probable to be the circumstance. The only way we’ll see the long run of the Mirror Universe is if Star Trek’s Tv adventures vacation over and above wherever previous exhibits have gone just before. With Discovery here to continue to be, which is probable not likely to transpire any time shortly.