History Recap / StarTrekS2E4MirrorMirror

8th Oct '17 8:45:45 PM Angeldeb82
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The ''USS Enterprise'' is in orbit of a planet ruled by [[PlanetOfHats the peaceful Halkans]]. A landing party consisting of [[TheKirk Captain Kirk]], [[TheMcCoy Doctor McCoy]], [[BridgeBunny Lieutenant Uhura]] [[AndZoidberg and Scotty]] are on the planet to convince the Halkans to allow the Federation mining rights. The inhabitants of the planet, however, are convinced that HumansAreTheRealMonsters, and despite Kirk's assertion that if the answer is "no" then they will simply be on their way without troubling the Halkans further, the aliens remain entirely unconvinced.

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The ''USS Enterprise'' is in orbit of a planet ruled by [[PlanetOfHats the peaceful Halkans]]. A landing party consisting of [[TheKirk Captain Kirk]], [[TheMcCoy Doctor McCoy]], [[BridgeBunny Lieutenant Uhura]] [[AndZoidberg [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Scotty]] are on the planet to convince the Halkans to allow the Federation mining rights. The inhabitants of the planet, however, are convinced that HumansAreTheRealMonsters, and despite Kirk's assertion that if the answer is "no" then they will simply be on their way without troubling the Halkans further, the aliens remain entirely unconvinced.



In his quarters, Captain Kirk meets [[GirlOfTheWeek Marlena Moreau]], who introduces herself as "the Captain's woman". He resists the temptation to [[BoldlyComing Boldly Come]], instead subtly pressing her for information. Moreau introduces Kirk to the real source of his evil counterpart's power: [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands the Tantalus field]], a device which he stole from an alien planet, and which allows him to [[OneHitKill evaporate people]] [[BigRedButton at the touch of a button]]. Kirk, naturally, [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo resists the temptation]] [[DontTouchItYouIdiot to push it and see what happens]].

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In his quarters, Captain Kirk meets [[GirlOfTheWeek Marlena Moreau]], who introduces herself as "the Captain's woman". He resists the temptation to [[BoldlyComing Boldly Come]], {{Boldly Com|ing}}e, instead subtly pressing her for information. Moreau introduces Kirk to the real source of his evil counterpart's power: [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands the Tantalus field]], a device which he stole from an alien planet, and which allows him to [[OneHitKill evaporate people]] [[BigRedButton at the touch of a button]]. Kirk, naturally, [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo resists the temptation]] [[DontTouchItYouIdiot to push it and see what happens]].



'''Mirror!Spock''': [[FascinatingEyebrow Indeed]]?\\
'''Kirk''': What will it be? Past or future? [[GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath Tyranny or freedom]]? [[TheOnlyOne It's up to you]].\\

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'''Mirror!Spock''': [[FascinatingEyebrow Indeed]]?\\
Indeed?]]\\
'''Kirk''': What will it be? Past or future? [[GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath Tyranny or freedom]]? freedom?]] [[TheOnlyOne It's up to you]].\\you.]]\\



* BeardOfEvil: The TropeMaker and the TropeNamer. Ironically, Mirror Spock is just about the ''least'' evil person in the Mirror Universe, though his logical mindset still masks a sociopathic indifference to human emotion.

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* BeardOfEvil: The TropeMaker {{Trope Maker|s}} and the TropeNamer.{{Trope Namer|s}}. Ironically, Mirror Spock is just about the ''least'' evil person in the Mirror Universe, though his logical mindset still masks a sociopathic indifference to human emotion.



* FanService: Of both [[MrFanservice male]] and [[MsFanservice female]] varieties. Most notable are Uhura and Marlena in their [[{{Stripperiffic}} barely there]] uniforms, but '60s Shatner had some nice arms.

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* FanService: {{Fanservice}}: Of both [[MrFanservice male]] and [[MsFanservice female]] varieties. Most notable are Uhura and Marlena in their [[{{Stripperiffic}} barely there]] uniforms, but '60s Shatner had some nice arms.



* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: As Scotty needs help, [=McCoy=] says "I'm a doctor, not an engineer.", but Scotty retorts "''Now'', you're an engineer."

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* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: As Scotty needs help, [=McCoy=] says "I'm a doctor, not an engineer.", engineer", but Scotty retorts "''Now'', you're an engineer."



* MirrorUniverse: Again, the TropeNamer, as well as the TropeCodifier.

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* MirrorUniverse: Again, the TropeNamer, {{Trope Namer|s}}, as well as the TropeCodifier.
29th Aug '17 4:45:22 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* DisintegratorRay: The Tantalus Field.

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* DisintegratorRay: The Tantalus Field.Field, the reason Kirk's still in office despite everyone and their dog trying to assassinate him for a promotion.



* HumanAliens: The only thing that differentiates the Halkans from humans is a blue spot on their foreheads
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: In the Mirror Universe, anyway. Spock has his own take on that subject, of course.

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* HumanAliens: The only thing that differentiates the Halkans from humans is a blue spot on their foreheads
foreheads.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The Halkans believe so. In the Prime Universe, they're wrong. In the Mirror Universe, anyway.they're right. Spock has his own take on that subject, of course.



** Mirror Kirk apparently protects himself from hourly attempts to invoke this trope by using the Tantalus Field to kill anyone who might be plotting against them, wherever they are on the ship.



** UnbuiltTrope: This story helped to popularize the MirrorUniverse trope, but showed that [[InSpiteOfANail the universes weren't really that different]] as the later Mirror Universe episodes on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' would show them to be. Even though his mirror counterpart had a BeardOfEvil, Spock was, as the show put it, "A man of honor in both universes", [[AntiVillain and not strictly evil in the mirror universe]] despite clearly being on the side of the angels in the primary reality. Also, the Aliens of the Week, the Halkans, were {{Actual Pacifist}}s in both the 'real' universe and in the Mirror Universe.
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Marlena doesn't need a knife or a phaser when she can use the Tantalus Field to kill anyone long-distance.

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** UnbuiltTrope: This story helped to popularize the MirrorUniverse trope, but showed that [[InSpiteOfANail it didn't take the universes weren't really that different]] good-evil reversal as the far as later Mirror Universe episodes on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' would show them to be. Even though shows would. Spock, despite his mirror counterpart had a mirror-universe BeardOfEvil, Spock was, as the show put it, "A was "a man of honor in both universes", [[AntiVillain universes" (though Mirror Spock definitely had a darker personality than his prime counterpart), and not strictly evil in the mirror universe]] despite clearly being on the side of the angels in the primary reality. Also, the Aliens of the Week, the Halkans, were {{Actual Pacifist}}s in both didn't change at all- the 'real' universe and in only difference with them was that Starfleet wouldn't live up to their fears, while the Mirror Universe.
Terran Empire ''would''.
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Marlena doesn't need a knife or a phaser when she can use the Tantalus Field to kill anyone long-distance. Though it should be noted that said field was originally Mirror Kirk's.


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* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: Girls in the Mirror Enterprise [[BareYourMidriff bare their midriffs]] [[ShowSomeLeg as well as their legs]], and Mirror Kirk's uniform does a nice job of showing off William Shatner's nice chest and arms.
4th Jul '17 3:57:43 PM HeroGal2347
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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: While the crew from our universe are able to blend in fairly successfully, the Mirror crew who were brought over to the Prime universe were immediately caught.
* Mirror Spocks complete lack of understanding why Kirk left him alive is the reason behind him forcing a MindRape on McCoy.

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: EvilCannotComprehendGood:
**
While the crew from our universe are able to blend in fairly successfully, the Mirror crew who were brought over to the Prime universe were immediately caught.
* Mirror Spocks complete lack of understanding why Kirk left him alive is the reason behind him forcing a MindRape on McCoy.
caught.


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** Mirror Spock's complete lack of understanding why Kirk left him alive is the reason behind him [[MindRape performing a forced mind meld]] on [=McCoy=].
4th Jul '17 3:36:53 PM madhatter42
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* Mirror Spocks complete lack of understanding why Kirk left him alive is the reason behind him forcing a MindRape on McCoy.
17th Jun '17 8:24:25 PM JackG
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* ChastityDagger: Not that women in the Mirror Starfleet are chaste, but they're quite likely to have to defend themselves against unwanted male attention.
17th Feb '17 5:37:32 AM katrinahood
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[floatboxright:
Series: Series/{{Star Trek The Original Series}}\\
Episode: Season 2, Episode 4\\
Title: "Mirror, Mirror"\\
Previous: The Changeling\\
Next: The Apple\\
Recapper: Insert Witty Name Here]


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[floatboxright:
Series: Series/{{Star Trek The Original Series}}\\
Episode: Season 2, Episode 4\\
Title: "Mirror, Mirror"\\
Previous: The Changeling\\
Next: The Apple\\
Recapper: Insert Witty Name Here]

16th Feb '17 11:22:57 PM wyattte
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tos_mirrormirrorhd0598.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Now ''here's'' a particularly famous one, and not just for Mirror!Spock's BeardOfEvil. (Although that's up there).]]
2nd Nov '16 9:39:25 AM StarTropes
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* LargeHam: Most of the Mirror Universe inhabitants but in his brief appearance, Mirror Kirk takes the cake (surprise, surprise...)

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* LargeHam: [[EvilIsHammy Most of the Mirror Universe inhabitants inhabitants]], but in his brief appearance, Mirror Kirk takes the cake (surprise, surprise...)).
--> '''Mirror!Kirk:''' '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I...ORDER YOU...LET ME GO!]]'''
17th Oct '16 1:22:47 PM Kalaong
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--> '''Evil Spock''': You must return to your universe. I must have my captain back. I shall operate the transporter. [[RaceAgainstTheClock You have two minutes and ten seconds.]]
--> '''Kirk''': In that time [[AnAesop I have something to say]]. How long before the Halkan prediction of galactic revolt is realised?
--> '''Evil Spock''': Approximately two hundred and forty years.
--> '''Kirk''': The inevitable outcome?
--> '''Evil Spock''': The Empire shall be overthrown.
--> '''Kirk''': [[KirkSummation The illogic of waste, Mister Spock. The waste of lives, potential, resources, time. I submit to you that your Empire is illogical because it cannot endure. I submit that you are illogical to be a willing part of it.]]
--> '''Evil Spock''': You have one minute and twenty three seconds.
--> '''Kirk''': If [[GrowingTheBeard change is inevitable, predictable, beneficial]], doesn't logic demand that you be a part of it?
--> '''Evil Spock''': One man cannot summon the future.
--> '''Kirk''': But one man can change the present. Be TheCaptain of this Enterprise, Mister Spock. Find a logical reason for [[AdoptTheDog sparing the Halkans]] and make it stick. Push till it gives. You can defend yourself better than any man in the fleet.
--> '''Scotty''': Captain, get in the transporter!
--> '''Kirk''': What will it be? Past or future? [[GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath Tyranny or freedom]]? [[TheOnlyOne It's up to you]].
--> '''Evil Spock''': It is time.
--> '''Kirk''': In every revolution, there's [[MessianicArchetype one man with a vision]].
--> '''Evil Spock''': Captain Kirk, I shall consider it.\\


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--> '''Evil Spock''': '''Kirk''': You're a man of integrity in both universes, Mister Spock.\\
'''Mirror!Spock''':
You must return to your universe. I must have my captain back. I shall operate the transporter. [[RaceAgainstTheClock You have two minutes and ten seconds.]]
-->
]]\\
'''Kirk''': In that time I have [[AnAesop I have something to say]]. How long before the Halkan prediction of galactic revolt is realised?
--> '''Evil Spock''':
realised?\\
'''Mirror!Spock''':
Approximately two hundred and forty years.
-->
years.\\
'''Kirk''': The inevitable outcome?
--> '''Evil Spock''':
outcome?\\
'''Mirror!Spock''':
The Empire shall be overthrown.
-->
overthrown, of course.\\
'''Kirk''': [[KirkSummation The illogic of waste, Mister Spock. The waste of lives, potential, resources, time. I submit to you that your Empire is illogical because it cannot endure. I submit that you are illogical to be a willing part of it.]]
--> '''Evil Spock''':
]]\\
'''Mirror!Spock''':
You have one minute and twenty three seconds.
-->
seconds.\\
'''Kirk''': If [[GrowingTheBeard change is inevitable, predictable, beneficial]], doesn't logic demand that you be a part of it?
--> '''Evil Spock''':
it?\\
'''Mirror!Spock''':
One man cannot summon the future.
-->
future.\\
'''Kirk''': But one man can change the present. Be TheCaptain the captain of this Enterprise, Mister Spock. Find a logical reason for [[AdoptTheDog sparing the Halkans]] and make it stick. Push till it gives. You can defend yourself better than any man in the fleet. \n--> \\
'''Scotty''': Captain, get in the transporter!
-->
chamber!\\
'''Kirk''': What about it, Spock?\\
'''Mirror!Spock''': A man must also have the power.\\
'''Kirk''': In my cabin is a device that will make you invincible.\\
'''Mirror!Spock''': [[FascinatingEyebrow Indeed]]?\\
'''Kirk''': What will it be? Past or future? [[GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath Tyranny or freedom]]? [[TheOnlyOne It's up to you]].
--> '''Evil Spock''':
you]].\\
'''Mirror!Spock''':
It is time.
-->
time.\\
'''Kirk''': In every revolution, there's [[MessianicArchetype one man with a vision]].
--> '''Evil Spock''':
vision]].\\
'''Mirror!Spock''':
Captain Kirk, I shall consider it.\\

it.
13th Oct '16 4:57:13 PM Ael42
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* DeadpanSnarker: Kirk gets a moment when he returns to his quarters after Mirror Chekov tries to assassinate him.
--> '''[=McCoy=]:''' (touching Kirk's split lip) What's this?
--> '''Kirk:''' It's called "blood."
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