Long live the Empire!
By now, fans of Star Trek: Discovery know that the Mirror Universe is back in Trek canon in a big way. In the mid-season premiere, “Despite Yourself,” the crew of the USS Discovery determines that they are no longer in the safe confines of a dimension where the friendly Federation exists. In fact, what they’re about to experience is far worse than anything the Klingons could have thrown at them. Now, instead of fighting a war with a merciless enemy, the altruistic Starfleet crew members will have to impersonate evil versions of themselves all while being confronted with people they’ve met before, who are completely different in this reality than they were in the “real” timeline. On the upside, everyone is also getting some crazy new clothes.
Since its introduction in the 1967 original Star Trek episode, “Mirror, Mirror,” the concept of the Mirror Universe presented an extreme answer to the questions of nature versus nurture. In Trek’s Mirror Universe, anyone can become a secret asshole, no matter how nice they seem in our universe. But, unlike “Mirror, Mirror,” this isn’t a one-off. Discovery is stuck in the Mirror Universe for a while. And the showrunners of the series — Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts — have revealed why this was the right direction for the show, and also why it almost happened way sooner.