The Dead Live Again In 'Through A Mirror, Darkly'By Michelle
January 28, 2005 - 9:20 PM
See Also: 'In A Mirror, Darkly - Part I' Episode Guide
A sneak peek at the production of "In a Mirror, Darkly", the mirror universe duology set to air in April, reveals that at least one dead character will return as his own nasty alter ego.
A brief report at StarTrek.com quoted Vaughn Armstrong, who played the late, lamented Admiral Forrest, as saying that not only does he return - he gets the girl in the upcoming arc. "In 25 years [of acting], I haven't gotten the girl, but I come back here and I get the girl! This is great," he exclaimed.
Scott Bakula, who plays Armstrong's rival rather than his protege in the mirror universe, joked, "Didn't we kill you already?" In the episodes, Archer starts out as Forrest's second in command but plots to become a captain himself, while Sato plays the two men off of one another and sides with whoever is in command. Armstrong confessed that his character meets a similar fate in the mirror universe to the tragedy that befell him in the Vulcan embassy bombing in "The Forge" earlier this season, "but this death is much better!"
Writer Mike Sussman described the episode as a prequel to the original series episode "Mirror, Mirror", which introduced the universe later inhabited by the Intendant on Deep Space Nine. It's also a sequel to "The Tholian Web" and will reportedly feature interior shots of the Defiant, the starship lost in that 23rd century episode in a spatial rift. "I think the bridge set is remarkable," said Sussman, who described "Mirror, Mirror" and "The Tholian Web" as two of his favorite original series episodes. "I hope fans will be thrilled to see that set again in all of its glory."
For the scenes on the Defiant, director James Conway and production designer Herman Zimmerman worked out a detailed set described as nearly identical to the original series' Enterprise, NCC-1701. The official site noted a debt to Doug Drexler, who did the research to build a Constitution-class ship for DS9's "Trials and Tribble-ations" which was set in part on Captain Kirk's Enterprise as well.
The original production preview is at StarTrek.com.