Jonathan Frakes has leaked secrets regarding some plot points in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery. CBS' streaming show will be the latest in the time-honored Sci-Fi franchise. It will be the first online streamed version of Star Trek. Also noteworthy, Discovery will mark the return of the series to CBS, where the original 60's classic debuted.
CBS has been hush about anything plot related, but it seems Star Trek alumnus Jonathan Frakes, couldn't contain himself and has spilled the beans on a bit related to the storyline itself.
<a href="http://comicbook.com/startrek/2017/09/17/jonathan-frakes-star-trek-discovery-mirror-universe/"> Frakes has revealed</a> that the mirror universe will be a plot point in the <em>Star Trek: Discovery</em> timeline of the upcoming series. During the cast reunion at The Continuing Voyage Convention tour stop in Chicago, Frakes unzipped the lips to let die hard fans in on what had up to then been a closely guarded secret from fans, aficionados, Trekkies and Trekkers alike. Everyone knows the internet doesn't stay in the dark too long about too much though. Especially as far as fandoms are concerned. The information hit Twitter in little time. From Frakes to the fans at the convention to the 5 Year Mission, <em>Star Trek </em>cover band who played at the event.Frakes also stated that the pilot for <em>Star Trek: Discovery</em> is “amazing” and that the “freakouts” about the show are unfounded. All this info was confirmed via Andy Fark of 5 Year Mission to <a href="https://trekmovie.com/2017/09/16/jonathan-frakes-reveals-big-star-trek-discovery-spoiler/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Trek Movie</a>. As for why a former<em> Star Trek: The Next Generation </em>star would have inside information regarding the new series, Occam's Razor would have it that being signed on to direct at least one episode of the show's first season would make him privy to the inside scoop.Frakes is well known amongst Sci-Fi fanatics for his role as Commander William T. Riker on <em><a href="http://comicbook.com/category/star-trek">Star Trek</a>: The Next Generation</em>. He also directed the films <em>Star Trek: First Contact</em> and <em>Star Trek: Insurrection. </em>He also made a cameo in several episodes of <em>Star Trek: Deep Space Nine</em>, and <em>Star Trek: Voyager</em>.
The mirror universe made its first appearance in the original <em>Star Trek </em>series episode "Mirror, Mirror." In that episode, Kir, Uhura, McCoy and Scotty are transported to an alternate universe with mirror opposite versions of themselves. At once the "prime timeline" was entered into the canon of <em>Star Trek. </em>Not unlike <em>Seinfeld's </em>"Bizarro World," the mirror universe is the prime timeline flipped on its ear. In this mirror universe, the Federation of Planets never formed and, as a result, the Terran Empire becomes a warlike aggressor on the galaxy using ruthless end justifies the means methods to spread their empire across the stars. In the "Mirror, Mirror" episode they manage to enact a positive change through appealing to alternate timeline Spock. Whether this would be a violation of the Prime Directive would be a matter for professional space opera ethicists.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">NEWS: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StarTrek?src=hash">#StarTrek</a> TNG's Jonathan Frakes has confirmed <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StarTrekDiscovery?src=hash">#StarTrekDiscovery</a> will get Mirror Universe episode.<a href="https://t.co/LTbhK6G30y">https://t.co/LTbhK6G30y</a></p>— NCC-1031.com (@ncc_1031_com) <a href="https://twitter.com/ncc_1031_com/status/909223232263385090">September 17, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The mirror universe plot device also crops up in <em>Star Trek: Deep Space</em> <em>Nine</em> and<em> Star Trek: Enterprise. </em><em>Star Trek: The Next Generation</em> never featured the mirror universe, but in the <a href="http://comicbook.com/startrek/2017/07/08/star-trek-the-next-generation-mirror-broken-william-riker-mirror/">the IDW Publishing comic book series <em>Star Trek: The Next Generation - Mirror Broken</em></a> features the mirror universe version of the <em>TNG</em>