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– by Nick Doll

Star Trek is finally returning to television… sort of. Star Trek: Discovery will debut on CBS on September 24, though all the following episodes will not air on traditional television, instead dropping on the streaming service CBS All Access, in the States. The show is most unique in its proximity to the timeline of Star Trek: The Original Series, set only ten years before the five-year mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise, as helmed by Captain James T. Kirk.

SPOILERS!!! ahead for Star Trek: Discovery. You’ve been warned.

ComicBook.com reports that Jonathan Frakes, the Star Trek legend, revealed the plot of one of the episodes of Discovery on a Star Trek: The Next Generation cast reunion panel. Said information was then shared by the Star Trek-themed band 5 Year Mission on Twitter, as they were performing at the event as well.

That’s right, we’re getting yet another wonderful trip to the mirror universe, which first appeared in The Original Series episode “Mirror, Mirror.” The mirror universe was later also featured in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Enterprise. No word yet on how many goatees will be present this go-around.

If you are wondering why Frakes has such information to share — he was a cast member on Star Trek: The Next Generation, after all — he is directing an episode of Discovery, though he is not directing the Discovery’s trip to the mirror universe. Frakes has directed several episodes of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager previously, as well as the films Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection.

Are you excited for a trip back to the mirror universe? Or are you tired of seeing it across so many series in so many years? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: 5 Year Mission (via ComicBook.com)

  • jonathing

    all hail empress sato

  • Gabbo is Coming

    Long Live The Empire!

  • Nattown

    Someone kind enough to explain to me what the Mirror universe is?

    • Kindofabigdeal

      in the original series there was a transporter error that sent Kirk to an alternate universe. In it, the Federation is an Empire and conquered the alpha quadrant. Kirk left an impression on that universes Spock and we later find out they tried to reform the Federation. By the time of DS9 the Federation was overthrown by an alliance of Cardassian, Bajorans, and Klingons. The convince Mirror Sisko to start a rebellion to free humans. Not sure about Enterprise as I’m only on season 1.

      • Nattown

        Ah, so like a Bizarro world?

        • J’Accuse

          No. Mirror universe is based on a moral inversion. Bizarros just did everything backwards in a totally amoral fashion..

          • Nattown

            I see..

    • Veteran

      Someone explain Wikipedia and Google after that. *Rolls Eyes*

      • Nattown

        I often prefer fan descriptions because a fan description usually highlights the attractiveness – which is relevant in this case. Wiki and Google just tell you exactly what it is without any bias.

        • Weresmurf

          The Mirror universe is an alternate universe where the Federation came to power around 1955, after World War 2, where the USA and other countries banded together to form ‘The Empire’. Later, they landed on the moon, and when venturing out into space, rebranded themselves “The Terran Empire” instead of “The Federation”. Instead of being about peace, they were about war and conquest, officers would progress through killing their superiors and treachery. Essentially a mix of romulan and Klingon ideologies. In normal Trek universe, Kirk once traversed accidentally to their universe, where his doppleganger existed, as did Picard, and Sisko and co. It’s a staple in all Trek series for this to occur. Often their dopplegangers are depicted either by having moustaches, wearing sexualised clothing or warrior like clothing. It makes for some pretty damn good episodes to be honest. KindofaBigDeal elaborates further 🙂

          • Nattown

            I’m not the biggest Star Trek fan obviously, but I am not that unfamiliar with it. What you wrote does sound pretty damn interesting so now I understand why this spoiler is a big deal. Thanks for writing that out bro.

          • Weresmurf

            No worries, always happy to help educate people about Trek 🙂 Thanks to Kindofabigdeal about his input as well, trust me, of all the series, DS9 really fleshed out the alt-universe the most.

  • Moby85

    Frakes was probably one of the best Star Trek directors, certainly of the films, as First Contact would be considered by most to be the best of the Next Generation films. And I consider Insurrection, also directed by Frakes, to be #2.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      You like Insurrection more than Nemesis?

      • Weresmurf

        I like being kicked in the nuts more than Nemesis…

      • Moby85

        Hah…

    • darkwingschmuck

      First contact for sure…but im also a sucker for generations. I love data going crazy and i lost it when the ship is crashing and data says “oh sh!t”

      • Weresmurf

        I rewatched Generations recently, it’s amazing how the more time goes by, the better that movie gets. The acting is by far the best out of the entire lot of the TNG movies. First Contact may be the most cohesive ‘action’ movie, but First Contact has the most heart by far. The amount of character development is stunning, especially Picards moments following his brothers death.

        • darkwingschmuck

          Its a good movie

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I wouldn’t mind if we got Chris Pine to show up as tryant Kirk and kick some arse.

    • Weresmurf

      I’d be 100% down for that.

    • Victor Roa

      just has one of those wigs from Wet Hot American Summer

  • Victor Roa

    DAMN!!!! Already using the best episode…. okay, you got my fanboy attention,