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VIDEO: Star Trek “Mirror, Mirror”

It’s the tenth anniversary of the Agony Booth! In honor of the occasion, we’re finally taking on the Star Trek episode that inspired the site, “Mirror, Mirror”! A transporter accident causes Kirk and Company to cross over into a parallel universe where Spock has a beard, and the crew of the Enterprise is evil and menacing. Meanwhile, a transporter accident in Mendo’s house leaves Mendo reviewing this episode with an evil and menacing version of special guest star Sofie Liv. But surely, that’s all just a coincidence.

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TV Show: Star Trek
Tag: Star Trek (TOS) Episodes
Tag: The Mirror Universe

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  • MichaelANovelli

    Now, this is an episode with an interesting story behind it.  But you’ll have to wait for that…

  • edharris1178

    Good stuff, thanks for tossing in a clip from Deadfall into that montage.  I could also relate to your “balls deep in a Battlefield Earth recap” remark as I took a shot at editing it…I sort of failed in that regard.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Yeah, that thing took forever to come out…

  • YAY! Mendo and Sofie! You two ROCK together!:D

    • MichaelANovelli

      Always…

  • DrWheelz

    The clue was right there all the time, Mendo. Evil Sofie didn’t have a beard.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Well, I know that NOW…

      • FullofQuestions1

        That and evil Sofie would have liked Twilight.

        • MichaelANovelli

          Never!  Us alt-crowd people gotta stick together!

  • For some reason evil Sofie seems like shed have been a good Highlander villian, lol:)

    • either that or a character in one of those unintentionally creepy 1980’s music videos, lol;)

      • MichaelANovelli

        It’s a dead man’s party!  Who could ask for more?

        • The_Stig

          Everybody’s coming, leave your body at the door.

          • MichaelANovelli

            Leave your body AND soul at the door.  🙂

        • Actually, I think dave is saying Sofie could be an extra in this video:

          http://youtu.be/XcATvu5f9vE

  • The ending = What A Twist XD

    • MichaelANovelli

      I know I didn’t see it coming…

    • I’m the new M. Night Shyamalan.

  • Torgeaux

    Speaking as one who was 16 when this episode first appeared I can validate that at the time there was nothing like it anywhere. Up until then we had only a few Space Operas, but they were movies that owed a lot to the 1930’s Flash Gordon serials for the Saturday Matinee movies our parents watched. Accept for a few extreme nerds (we didn’t have that word then and a “geek” was someone who bit off a chickens head in a cheap carnival sideshow) As I recall, nobody at my high school dared to admit they were a fan of the show. It was not considered cool. Well, the first season was considered cool by us, but it got progessively worse until…you know the story.  Forget the costumes and “special effects” This series is a time capsule of what was considered by the TV networks cool and acceptable male fantasies of the white American middle class.  Capt. Kirk owes a lot to the James Bond character who was definitely cool. You dared not miss one of those movies or you would have nothing to talk about for at least two weeks with your friends. OK, this is already too long.  Loved it.  Oh and Sophie..you were just channeling your middle aged self. Best laugh of the week.  Keep it up you two. 

    • MichaelANovelli

      So glad we could make you smile.  🙂

    • Sofie Liv

      Oh maybe that was just all there was left of me after I finished watching Twilight…..

      Any-way, so glad you could enjoy, in difference to my evil counterpart there, I actually do like Original Star trek a lot and I like this episode an awful lot.
      It’s also funny to see, at least for me, all the other tely shows (mostly animated.) that makes a mirror universe episodes and often have hidden tributes to this laying around like.. The buzz lightyear episode where Buzz travels to his own mirror univers and Zurg works at the burger resturant while it’s Buzz’s evil counterpart whom rules the univers while sporting a fancy beard Or the Darkwing Duck episode where Darkwing Duck goes to the “Negaunivsers.” where he meets the good counterparts to many of the villains. (the twist here is that Negaduck his evil twin has been around the show for a while and this episode merely explained where he was from.)

      I can’t help enjoying those stories X)

  • FullofQuestions1

    This was awesome! Honestly, this being my second favorite episode of the original series, I don’t even notice the flaws, but it was still fun to watch you guys point them out. I was twelve the first time I saw it, and I remember getting really freaked out by it.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Hopefully, Evil Sofie won’t give me nightmares…

      • MephLord

        Only Good Cecil should give anyone nightmares…since he’s an evil sort like Dr No and Whiplash.

        • MichaelANovelli

          Never thought of it that way.

          • MephLord

             The mustache would have thought of it.  Oh yes, indeed. *pets cat*

          • MichaelANovelli

            OK, then…

  • Mike

    Evil Sofie reminds me of Pearl Forrester. A young sexier Pearl Forrester.

  • Cecil_Trachenburg

    Evil Sofie sounds Australian for some reason. 

    • Sofie Liv

      Lol, ones again I state, I am a complete and utter derp at accents! I am a derp at recognising them and I am an even bigger derp in speaking them, and I will never ever fool any-body when I try X)

      But, that does sound fun. Lol, Australian X)

      • MephLord

        Australian?  That means you are a Czech neighbour and almost Polish.  Being Evil after being trounced upon by the gypsies is a good reason to be bitter imho.

      • MichaelANovelli

        Actually, I was speaking to one of my fans on Skype the other day, and she though you sounded British…

        • Sofie Liv

           nice!

      • Cecil_Trachenburg

        It didn’t sound bad at all. 🙂

        You should hear me trying to do a British Accent. It’s not good.

        • MichaelANovelli

          I wish to hear this, now.  We must Skype sometime.

          • Sofie Liv

            Fun fact, in my recent reviews such as “Twilight new moon.” and “Alice in Wonderland.” I completely just gave up and didn’t bother to try and aim for any accent but just spoke as I spoke, so that would be my genuine accent there. But up until then, I had been aiming for British!

            For two reasons. A; it’s actually easier for me than any American accent, the soft letters helps a lot B; English is a funnier languet, meaning jokes becomes funnier when a british person says them for some reason X)

            But as I recorded this episode… I honestly had Rowan Atkinson as Blackadder inside of my head and tried to some-what imitate him, so yeah.. I was sort of going for British here.

            I don’t know, maybe I’ll attempt to direct me accent away from Danish ones more in future reviews (certainly the Holmes reviews.) but we’ll see… my accent changes all the time, it’s funny that way X)
            And maybe it’s because I actually do posses absolut musical ear and become affected of what-ever I saw in english most recently, just look at my London Vlog where my accent went completely bananas by the end of it XD

            Some day I have to watch “Brave.” six them in a row and then record a review, just to see what the hell would happen…

          • Cecil_Trachenburg

            After watching one of your other reviews I finally figured out who your regular accent reminds me of. Anne Parillaud from Le Femme Nikita. In Innocent Blood she was speaking english and has a bit of your cadence. (although your enunciation is better)

            I have the utmost respect for people who can speak multiple languages because there are so many people here in the US who can barely speak this one.

          • Sofie Liv

            Aw thanks.
            I have no idea who that is so I wouldn’t know, but I guess we both have European origins then.

            As for speaking a second languet, well, circumstance also makes a difference.
            By far, almost all people under the age of thirty are able to speak some-what english in all European countries.

            Here’s the thing, I grew up with English all around me, I watched American and British television and movies, both things has never ever been dubbed in my country (unless it was animated tely or movies.) but only subtitled, so when I saw lord of the rings as a eleven year old, that was in english! with Danish subs. Same thing with “Fawlty towers.” or “Keeping up appearance.” all though I was even younger when first watching that, and that was and still is prime time television on the prime channels (got two of those and it was the only two channels I had while growing up.) We import english television! a lot of it, always did.
            I grew up with english music. Spice-girls, back-street boys, Britney Spears, ext. Singing their lyrics out loud as a little kid (even if I had no idea what they meant.)
            I grew up with much of English literature, Harry potter was always my favourite book, and the wish to read it in its original languet were only to natural as I was around fifteen or sixteen. (plus with the last three books I wasn’t about to sit around for an extra half year for it to be translated into Danish when the english version is right there on the book shelf!)
            My dad has worked with both Irish, Scottish, Belgium and Hungarian people for much of my childhood, they would often be our house guests and they would communicate in English.

            English is not just a languet I decided to learn at a certain age, I grew up with the languet all around me just as much as I grew up with Danish, I may use Danish when regularly speaking in my every-day life, but English has always been just as vital to get around and it has been part of my life ever since I was born. Not even accounting for all the english web-sites I visit every-day, I still encounter english some-where every day of my life, whether it’s in tely, in the radio, sign reading, visitors. It’s every-where around every-day of my life and always has been.
            Every single child do have english lessons in school from the second grade and it’s an obligatory subject all the way up till the end of college.

            When you life in a country with only five million people, where we don’t have the resources for our own big movies or tely shows. Where we cannot survive by our own business’s and factories or even research departments, but have to work together with other countries, when our riches man makes American riches chuckle in their hand.
            English is not just a fancy skill, it’s a downright necessity for us to survive as a country, we cannot afford to only want to speak Danish.

            So yeah, in that way you Americans got it easy that you don’t ever have to learn another languet, most of you could easily live out a life where a second languet would be an optional fancy skill that doesn’t weigh that much.
            Me how-ever, my english abilities can mean if I get certain jobs or not.
            And yeah, in the creative department to! for also here we work with foreign people all the time, both Germans, French and so on, and we all communicate in English as a collective tongue.
            Just imagine, one of your states are in general ten times bigger than my entire country. In London city alone there life 8 mio people, in my entire country, 5 mio.
            We life in a modern global world where all countries effect each other, my country is very dependent on the ability to communicate and work with all of these countries and being able to produce smart people whom can bring smart new things to the table as we cannot ever compete in the “Big.” department.

          • Cecil_Trachenburg

            lol sure, I think that can be arranged. I’ll forwarn you though, it’s mostly things like ” ‘ello! Good evenin’ govnah!” Like Austin Powers after a traumatic head injury.

  • Cristiona

    Battlefield Earth?  Oh, come on, Mendo.  Southland Tales had to be worse!

    • MichaelANovelli

      I wrote my part of Southland Tales while I was in Iraq.  It’s a matter of perspective.  🙂

      • Cristiona

        That’s one for the box!

        Southland Tales: Not As Bad As An Iraqi Warzone!

        • MichaelANovelli

          Uwe Boll would use it.

  • Sofie Liv

    Every-body! my evil counterpart is nothing! I just barely made it back to my own dimension and it was…. it was horrible!

    Suddenly Mr. Mendo was wearing bonnet and apron, and he was giving me cookies! COOKIES! while keeping on complimenting me, calling me weird and bizarre things such as “Little Sofie-duck.” “Sweety-pie-” and worst of all. “biggest talent of the site.” he was just being… very very nice. I was frightened to death! Worst of all, his cigar was missing! instead he was smoking fancy filther ciggerate.

    people.. I’m afraid the mirror univers is out to conquer us, and I suggest we all collect surplies and ammunition right away. This threat is real!

    • MephLord

      In the mirror universe I’ll be clean shaven, articulate, and a gentleman to make women swoon.  Good lord that’s a terrible thought!  I don’t want to be in a universe where Mr Mendo is friendly, Sofie is bland, Sursum is Australian, Blockbuster Chick reviews the Star Trek remake, Cecil is boring or Twilight is female empowerment!  Such a universe SUCKS ASSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

      • FullofQuestions1

        In an alternate universe, I have social skills.

        • MephLord

          Actually in that evil Mirror Universe, you’ll probably end up directing movies like Battlefield: Earth or Dracula vs Billy the Kid to espouse your disdain for the human race.

          • MichaelANovelli

            But, wouldn’t those be good movies in the Mirror-verse?

          • MephLord

            Damnit Jim I’m a doctor not a movie critic!

          • MichaelANovelli

            Whereas I’m both of those things!  Well, Doctor of Divinity, but still…

        • You and me both FoQ.

          • Sofie Liv

            Oh you two, both of you! you are both nice persons and got nothing to be ashamed of. So yeah, don’t change. 

    • MichaelANovelli

      Yes, because I NEVER do any of those things.  😉

      • Sofie Liv

        No, you are a sour old grumpy bear to the last. 

        • MichaelANovelli

          I can be a teddy bear, sometimes…

    • you should do a review from the mirror universe some day. That would be a nice companion piece to this review, lol:)

  • Arcadiassx999

    Hah ha, Fun stuff guys!  
    Common Sofie, where was that tantalize young males (between the ages of 12 to 22) “reduce actresses to sex objects” mid-drift outfit, it was a missed opportunity. Think of all the other Agony Booth review female parts you can get with that kind of exposure.  )p

    Fun!

    • MichaelANovelli

      Originally, I was gonna wear it, but I didn’t feel like it.

      • Mike

        There’s always next time.

        • MichaelANovelli

          I do still have that wig.  🙂

          • Arcadiassx999

             LOL, My God Mike you gotta wear that in your next review.  It would be freaking Hilarious!

          • MichaelANovelli

            Well, that one is already filmed, but maybe the one after that?

  • Allison

    Thanks for using the Saturday Night Live clip from when Shatner hosted, there is an even funnier part of that sketch when Shatner gets into a shoving match with the late, great, legendary Phil Hartman. This was agreat review, even though I don’t like Star Trek.

    I’m actually going to my first Stargate Convention in August, and I’m just hoping its nothing like the Star Trek Convention on SNL.

    In an alternate universe, I wouldn’t be this nice.

    Good work! 🙂

    • MichaelANovelli

      I’ve never been to a convention, but I hope to go to MAGfest next year…

      • Allison

        I’m looking forward to it, since I’ve never been to one myself.

        • MichaelANovelli

          Well, we’ll just be having fun together, then, won’t we?

    • Sofie Liv

      I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun, geek conventions tends to be big experiences not matter what subject they are based on. And mostly, what makes them so great, the people!
      every-body will be geeks and you can be free to nerd out or geek out as much as you could ever possible want, and people will think that is actually cool.

      Conventions are great that way :3

      • Allison

        That is what I am looking forward to the most, just getting to be my geeky self!!!! I bet in an alternate universe, I am not this nerdy, but I would never like that version – she is too boring.

        • Sofie Liv

          I’ve just decided that I like you…

          • MichaelANovelli

            And I, as well!

  • In the mirror universe…I’m a proud American.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Just for that, we’re giving you Hulk Hogan’s old theme song…

      • MephLord

        American Made, from his WCW days?

        • MichaelANovelli

          No, Real American!  The original, baby!

          • MephLord

            Whatcha gonna do, brother, when NWO Hogan runs wild over you????

  • Does evil Sofie love Twilight, or does she just hate it even more than regular Sofie does?

    • MichaelANovelli

      Couldn’t rightly say…

      • Sofie Liv

         Funny thing, the mirror version of Twilight is actually pretty good.

        In that version Bella out-right is an evil Vampire over-lord out to take over the world by magically enslaving all Werewolfs and Vampires to fall deeply in love with her, and she uses them to inflict fear and terror upon human public.

        Mirror Sofie loves that book and Bella is a great inspiration to her, how-ever, when she found out what Twilight is like in our universe she suddenly started talking about cutting throats and weird stuff like that.

        • nicely done, Sofie, lol:)

        • MichaelANovelli

          That’s bizarrely detailed…

          •  Sofie writes mirror universe fan fiction about stuff she hates?

  • MichaelANovelli
  • I really hate when anybody says “It’s just a TV show/Movie/Song”, etc. Why? Because certain things, like Star Trek inspired people to become Doctors, Scientists, Astronauts, Soldiers… okay, bad example. My point is that few shows have embraced and fostered the idea of social change like Star Trek. No show has begun to inspire countless generations of people across Earth in such positive, constructive ways.

    • Sofie Liv

      Heh, I remember ones watching an enterview with Walter Koenig and Deforest Kelley where the guy interviewing suddenly said some-thing like. “But you are not some-thing that big or special are you? I mean it’s just a television show, it’s not like are the Beatles or some-thing important like that, it’s just a cheap sci-fi show.”

      To which I stunned looked at the screen and responded out loud. “Well, technically Beatles is just a garage band isn’t it?”

      And that is not me meaning some-thing evil towards Beatles, I like Beatles and I know it’s one of the biggest most influencial bands that has ever existed.

      What I mean is.. it doesn’t matter what you pick, if you really want to strip any-thing down it will just be a movie, a garage band a show ext ext. And it will just be a couple of people whom made some-thing.
      But honestly, that does not matter! what matters is the meaning that the people exsperiencing it put behinds it, I find these things to be, very very important.

      Why did Star Wars make so many people throw a tantrum because of the new movies? Well, the old movies were important to them! the old movies were behind a lot of their best memories and stuff they did. It made people come together and have a good time.

      Me? Harry Potter was every-thing to me when I grew up actually, it was the first book I ever read, and I loved it even before the first movie came out when I was 12! I was there for the opening night of the first movie and all of the rest, I was there for the midnight releases of the last couple of books. I have gotten friends, exsperiences and so many good memories based on those books alone, i’ve spend hours on end of my life just discussing the hell out of those books and movies, and enjoyed every moment of it. They inspired me to read at all, I hated to read before Potter but when started couldn’t stop, and as an exstension they inspired me to write, no Harry potter, I am not sure I would be a writer today, and certainly my writing style would be very different.
      Case of point, Harry Potter is freaking important to me! And I know, Star Trek is as important to some people as Potter is to me, Star Wars is as important to some people, Doctor who is as important to some people, Superman is as important to some people, Sherlock Holmes is as important to some people. The beatles are as important to some people!

      genre, type, origin It does not matter! what does is what people connects to it. And that some things are capable to become some-thing so much more than just a way to pass the time, that’s glorius to me.

      These things are indeed, important, and people whom refuse to acknowledge that are idiots.

      • MichaelANovelli

        Well said, Sofie!  I know I love Star Wars, but even I think it’s a little silly.  I still take inspiration from it, but, you know, perspective.  🙂

  • Thomas Stockel

    Great review, guys.  Sophie, I hate to say this but I think Mirror Sophie has cooler hair.  Just sayin’.

    I can’t wait to see the review of the DS9 Mirror Universe episodes.  I did not see them all but the couple I did see I thought sucked.  The DS9 writers did not seem to get the concept.  Oddly enough Enterprise, the worst of the Star Trek series, had a great pair of M/U eps. Diane Duane’s book Dark Mirror, though, was the best treatment of the M/U since this episode, it’s a great book.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Well, that’s something to look forward to.

    • Sofie Liv

       Well… I kind of like having curls on a regular basis, I think I am going to keep those, it makes for a more ‘Cute.’ messy look.

      That gel hair, it just isn’t me at all, it’s a character.
      Beside! my regular hair style is slightly reminiscent of Sherlock out of the new BBC show, AND matt smith as I have a whirl with my bangs the same place he does. So I personally find that very cool! it’s as cool as bow-ties and fez’s!

      Well, we’ll see what we are going to say about those episodes.

  • Neat review, but what was that movie with Nichelle doing her best Pam Grier impression?

    • MichaelANovelli

      Truck Turner…

  • weird82

    Who’s is that guy in the fur hat at 0:49?

    • MichaelANovelli

      That’s Mr. Scratch, my title card artist.  That’s from Never Say Never Again, part 2…

  • John Sco

    Wow, Sofie looks positively terrifying in this cameo! She usually comes across as such a sweetheart. Did a great job of playing her “mirror” self. 

    Also, I am so effing glad that this site IS in fact named after the “Agony Booth” from this episode!  “Mirror, Mirror” is one of my favorite oldschool episodes of Star Trek. I had begun to think there weren’t any Trekkies left in this world. I suddenly feel less alone.

    Purple Backdrop World No.5 for the win. Hail the empire and sh**! *salutes*

    • MichaelANovelli

      We do what we can!  🙂

  • Wethewax

    In the Mirror Universe, Uhuru’s “sexy” uniform actually reveals less of her arse than the normal one does.

  • i still think evil sofie would make a great Highlander villian, for some reason, lol;)

    • Sofie Liv

       If any-one ever asked me, you really think I would say no?

      I would probably play such a character way different, way more gleeful while having fun swinging around with a badass sword B)

  • oh! i just had inspiration strike! is good sofie is ‘sofie liv’ evil sofie must be ‘sofie di”, lol….or is that just a stupid idea, lol?

    • Sofie Liv

       … I have no idea, it depends on what your thinking is behind it.

      Liv is a name I kind of proud of, the direct translation from Danish into English is litterately. “Life.” I am seriously called “Sofie Life.” that is my birth-name, and I am proud of it.

      So by exstension of that logic… my evil counter parts name could be “Sofie Die.” … which is.. oddly awesome in some way.

      This is totally going into a future episode. “No I am not Sofie Liv, I am Sofie Die.” “What? Sofie Die as in… die?” “No.. Sofie Die as in you die right now!”

      I like that :3

      • that was indeed the thinking i had behind it . liv and di, like live and die, lol:) im so happy you like the idea, and that hypothetical exchange of dialogue is AWESOME:D

  • DavidWilmotLow

    whatever happened to evil sofie?

    • MichaelANovelli

      We’re saving it for the next Mirror Trek review, where I’ll portray Good Mendo.

      • DavidWilmotLow

        i look forward to that anxiously:)

      • danbreunig

        If you feel really adventurous you can have the good and evil Sofies fight each other eternally to save the universe from self-destructing.

  • craigvan

    I’m disappointed that she didn’t beam up with facial hair.

  • Ryan Ann

    “Mirror, Mirror” is one of the best episodes of Star Trek. All of the cast members do wonderful jobs and George Takeii and Nichelle Nichols do get some juicy moments. (All those two usually do is spout off commands on the bridge). Heck, even Walter Koenig’s Chekov gets some memorable moments as well. Evil Checkov 🙂 However the best acting job definitly goes to Leonard Nimoy. Spock with a beard. Nimoy’s Spock is usually the one constant in the original series and he does not disappoint here. Playing evil Spock we, even here, get to see Spock’s comflicted emotions. Evil Spock is still the best of the bad bunch (actually Spock looks quite sexy in a beard and Nimoy has always been an attractive man). Shatner does a great job in this as well.