First 'In A Mirror, Darkly - Part II' SpoilersBy Christian
January 19, 2005 - 2:22 PM
See Also: 'In A Mirror, Darkly - Part I' Episode Guide
In the upcoming conclusion to "In A Mirror, Darkly - Part I, the Imperial Enterprise crew will discover a strange derelict ship: the U.S.S. Defiant, last seen in the original Star Trek series.
As previously reported, Part I of this story will open with an alternate version of the first contact between humans and Vulcans. In Bozeman, Montana, Zephram Cochrane is unable to provide the first Vulcan crew to visit Earth with a friendly welcome, as a disgruntled mob of humans instead decide to storm and overwhelm the Vulcans by bute force (story). From this point onwards, history apparently takes a much more vicious path, culminating in the 22nd Century in a human-led space Empire, patrolled by warships such as the Avenger and the Enterprise.
In this episode, the Enterprise manages to capture a ship with incredibly advanced technology - presumably, the Constitution-class starship Defiant. In the Classic Trek episode "The Tholian Web," Captain Kirk discovered that the crew of the Defiant had gone mad and mutinied, leading to the death of all crew members. But before Kirk and his away team were able to determine the exact cause of this, the Defiant began to fade in and out of an interphase rift between two universes. Spock and McCoy managed to rescue Kirk just before the Defiant disappeared forever into the other universe, which, as it now turns out, was actually the infamous Mirror Universe.
In the Mirror Universe, the Enterprise is commanded by Captain Forrest, but Archer is still part of the crew, and heads the away team that took over the Defiant. But it's clear that Archer, too, is a mirror version of his usual self. In one scene in the Defiant's briefing room, Archer has Mayweather torture a prisoner in order to learn the identity of someone who attacked one of his crew members. When the prisoner doesn't answer quickly enough, Archer threatens to kill the prisoner himself. Finally, Archer learns who is trying to sabotage his mission: a member of the reptilian Gorn species.
Further on in the episode, Archer will demonstrate he's an expert at the kind of political scheming that mirror universe humans excel in. In a fight between a group of alien ships and the Avenger, Archer comes to the rescue with his U.S.S. Defiant. In a meeting with an Admiral Black and the Avenger's first officer, a submissive version of Soval, Archer wins praise from Black for finding the Defiant. Archer immediately tries to turn Black's admiration into hard currency - could he be rewarded with a battlefield promotion to captain of the Defiant?
Please note that the above plot details have not been confirmed by Paramount Pictures or UPN and until such time you should treat this information as you would any other rumour. The above information comes from early script drafts and the details and the airing order of the episodes are liable to change before the episodes are shown.
"In A Mirror, Darkly - Part II is the 19th episode of Enterprise's fourth season, and will likely air in April or May.