May 28th, 2013

TOS: NCC-1701

And once again I talk about "Star Trek Into Darkness" in a very roundabout way...

...and this time with only one spoiler. It's behind a cut, so read this only if you've seen the new film or don't mind knowing one crucial detail.
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Before Star Trek Into Darkness came out, I thought If [REDACTED] isn't about [REDACTED], what else could it be about?

OK, I should explain for the non-Trekkers. The new Trek has one of J.J. Abrams's beloved "mystery box" issues that's since been mostly spoiled across the wide reaches of the Internet. A lot of people guessed correctly, before it was confirmed that, yep, [REDACTED] was in the film but used in a much different way than [REDACTED] had been used in previous Treks. Me, before I saw it, I kept trying to think of what else could've been the basis of a film called Star Trek Into Darkness, and it hit me:

What if it involved the Mirror Universe? That's the other big alternate timeline of Star Trek, introduced in a pretty kick-ass original series episode written by Jerome Bixby, where Starfleet is evil and officers kill their superiors to advance in rank. It's Star Trek gone gloriously wrong, and where Spock finds logical reasons to be evil*.

I justified my theory, while admitting I was probably wrong, due to one moment in a trailer when the Enterprise is confronted with a Starfleet vessel that's larger and (ominously) darker. terri_osborne pointed out that the ship looked kind of like the Enterprise-E from the Next Generation films. What if that ship had come over from the Mirror Universe, sent by the Terran Empire to pound the (in comparison) weak United Federation of Planets and take over this universe?

Then I found out thatCollapse )

* Though I get annoyed when people call Spock's facial hair in the episode a goatee. It's a Van Dyke, dammit!