Jonathan Frakes Reveals Major ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Plot Point


Jonathan Frakes, TNG’s William Riker and director for an unnamed Star Trek: Discovery episode, has revealed that the new show will be doing a Mirror Universe episode. This keeps in tradition with a major recurring theme in the Star Trek universe.

Speaking at Creation Entertainment’s Continuing Voyage Tour in Chicago with his other TNG castmates on stage, Frakes not only opined that he thinks the show’s pilot is “amazing,” but that the show will do a Mirror Universe episode. This comes from tweets issued by the Star Trek-themed band Five Year Mission, who were performing at the event. No other information on the episode was reported.

The Mirror Universe, a reality that reflects the worse in humanity, was first seen in the 1967 episode “Mirror, Mirror.” Since then it has become a staple of Star Trek, appearing in five episodes of Deep Space Nine and two episodes of Enterprise, as well as numerous comics, novels, and video games. While the news that Discovery is addressing the Mirror Universe isn’t totally surprising, it will be interesting to see how the crew reacts to it, as Discovery takes place before Captain Kirk crosses into the universe in “Mirror, Mirror.”

Spock and Kirk in the Original Series episode "Mirror, Mirror"
Spock and Kirk in the Original Series episode “Mirror, Mirror” | Photo credit: CBS Home Entertainment

What do you think the Mirror Universe could look like in Star Trek: Discovery? Tell us in the comments section below.

The cast of Star Trek: Discovery includes Sonequa Martin-Green (First Officer Michael Burnham), Michelle Yeoh (Captain Philippa Georgiou) Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca), Chris Obi (T’Kuvma), Doug Jones (Lt. Saru), Kenneth Mitchell (Kol), James Frain (Sarek), and Shazad Latif (Kol), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Stamets), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), Sam Vartholomeos (Ensign Connor), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Tilly), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell) and Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd).

Star Trek: Discovery is set to premiere on Sunday, September 24 at 8:30 PM ET on CBS. Immediately following the first episode’s release, the second episode will be available in the U.S. on CBS All Access, with subsequent episodes released on Sundays. The first eight episodes will run from September 24 through November 5, with the series returning in January 2018. is your dedicated source for all the latest news on Star Trek: Discovery. Follow @TrekNewsnet on Twitter, TrekNews on Facebook, @TrekNews on Instagram and TrekNewsnet on YouTube.

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