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Star Trek Original Vol.20 [Import]
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"Mirror, Mirror," Ep. 39 - Beamed up during an ion storm, Kirk and the landing party find themselves in a mirror universe aboard a U.S.S. Enterprise run by ruthless barbarians. "The Deadly Years," Ep. 40 - A landing party from the U.S.S. Enterprise becomes ill with a fatal aging disease and Chekov is the only one unaffected. Spock and McCoy search for a remedy using him as a guinea pig.
When their mission to secure a mineral trade ends in failure, a freak ion storm catches Kirk, McCoy, Uhura, and Scotty in mid-beam-up and sends them to a parallel dimension where Federation leaders are as ruthless as the Klingons, and Star Fleet promotions are attained by assassination. They find themselves on an alternate Enterprise, peopled with evil counterparts to the people they know (all attired in glittery, glam-rock uniforms), including most famously an evil, goateed Spock whom Kirk must convince to overthrow the empire. Kirk and his landing party try to fit in with this crew of villains who are threatening with annihilation the planet where the mineral trade went sour, while searching for a way back to their world and fending off assassination attempts. Mirror, Mirror achieves the best of what Star Trek is capable, which is to say space opera brought to a high pitch by melodrama. Everyone appears to be having great fun turning their characters to the dark side, especially George Takai, whose evil Sulu beams when making his assassination attempt against Captain Kirk, and Leonard Nimoy, who makes Spock's shift from the meditative logician to the ruthless goateed one seem, well, quite logical. This episode in particular fueled popular culture in such a way that in some circles it is now impossible to sport a goatee without being called "the evil Spock." The story of the evil Spock is continued in the Deep Space Nine episode Crossover. --Jim Gay
"The Deadly Years"
While on the planet Gamma Hydra IV, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty are infected with an unknown disease that causes premature aging. The only member of the party unaffected is Chekov (Walter Koenig), who becomes McCoy's guinea pig while searching for a cure back on the Enterprise.
A nifty idea with some poignant overtones, the story by David P. Harmon startles a viewer with the sight of these familiar folks rapidly graying, wrinkling, weakening, and suffering memory loss. At the same time, Harmon is careful to age each character as a unique individual. Kirk slows down more than the longer-lived Spock, while McCoy remains mentally keen, if physically brittle. As for poor Scotty, well...
The dramatic subtext in "The Deadly Years" concerns the perennial conflict over when and how to decide that someone has become too old to execute crucial responsibilities. In that sense, this episode feels constantly relevant and uniquely entertaining: let's just say some of these actors play "old" a little better than others. (Director Joseph Pevney has reported that there was a lot of conflict over who was stealing old-guy moves from whom.) With all this going on, one might not notice that guest star Charles Drake is a truly familiar face, having been cast in The Maltese Falcon and Now, Voyager. --Tom Keogh
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The Deadly Years-This episode, in which the crew experience accelerated aging, is another winner. The best thing going for this show is the most simple; it's a good story. Add to that the fact that it is developed nicely and at it's own pace, and you have another thoroughly engaging show, in which we actually feel suspense as to how the crew will get out of this jam. The acting performances are also enjoyable from the big 3 in particular. (4 stars)
Caught in the beginnings of an ion storm, Kirk, McCoy and Uhura interrupt their negotiations with the Halkans for dilithium crystals, to return to the U.S.S. Enterprise. Scotty beams the landing party aboard as a burst from the storm hits the starship. The transporter short-circuits, sending Kirk, McCoy, Scotty and Uhura into a parallel universe. In this world, they soon discover the "Galactic Empire" is maintained by fear and assassination. Now, aboard the parallel version of the U.S.S. Enterprise, the four must find a way to remain undetected until they can return to their own universe.
Meanwhile, the I.S.S. Enterprise versions of Kirk, Scott, McCoy and Uhura have been beamed on board the positive U.S.S. Enterprise. Their behavior is so different from their counterparts that Spock immediately realizes something is wrong. He puts the four in the brig until the transporter could be checked and repaired.
On the I.S.S. Enterprise, the parallel Chekov is foiled in an attempt to assassinate Kirk. When Kirk refuses to give an order to destroy the Halkans, who have refused to give up their dilithium crystals, the bearded Spock becomes suspicious.
The Imperial Starfleet sends a secret message to the bearded Spock, telling him to kill Captain Kirk and assume command of the starship I.S.S. Enterprise. Finding an unexpected ally in the bearded Spock, Kirk continues to stall while his three comrades gather the information needed to send them back to their own universe. Scotty tells Kirk that if the four don't leave in three hours, they will be trapped forever in the mirror universe.
The bearded Spock has no desire to become captain, and therefore a mark for assassination.Read more ›
Uniforms were altered to resemble Klingon uniforms somewhat, and the resemblance between the two cultures was underscored in the third season's "Day of the Dove" written by the same author, and "Elaan of Troyus" which introduced the Klingon insignia we are all familiar with. The Klingon transporter has an optical effect similar to that of the mirror universe transporter, and we also saw the mirror universe's agonizers used in "Day of the Dove". In the DS9 episode "Shattered Mirror" we saw that agonizers were still being used in the mirror universe, and were sufficiently improved over their predecessors that they no longer needed to touch their victims to be effective.
Blooper trivia: When Chekov enters the turbolift with Kirk, he is seen wearing the gold sash worn by senior officers. When they're actually in the lift Chekov's sash is absent, but when they leave the lift he's wearing it again! In the scope of the Trek universe this could be explained as Kirk being in a state of quantum flux similar to what Worf experienced in "Parallels". Thus Kirk conceivably could have visited both DS9's and Diane Duane's mirror universes.
"The Deadly Years" explores how some of the crewmembers reacted to premature aging caused by a radioactive comet. Spock is forced to remove Kirk from command of his ship, but cannot assume command because he's also afflicted. One of the most compelling scenes is Spock's reaction when Commodore Stocker argues the case for Kirk's removal. A human has outwitted Spock in logic.
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Ive always loved "Mirror Mirror" The crew gets in an ion storm thats sends them to an opposite galaxy where thier mirror images are evil and desperate. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2003
This edition of the DVD have one of my all time favorite episodes in star trek: Mirror,Mirror. I love that episode and cannot stop watching it ever.Published on July 15 2003
The DEADLY YEARS is one of the best episodes because we get to see what the crew look like at an old age. Read morePublished on April 2 2003 by Adam Paul Bailey
Volume 20 of the Star Trek DVD collection contains two fairly decent episodes from the second season. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2002 by Jared Insell
"Mirror, Mirror" is a Trek classic and fan favorite, one of the better "alternate dimension" stories in cinema sci-fi. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2002 by Bruce Rux
Ah, the fun I have watching classic Star Trek™! I just love the over-the-top acting of our stalwarts, the even-more-over-the-top acting of the guest star(s) who play the bad... Read morePublished on June 10 2002 by Zagnorch
Mirror, Mirror is one of my favorite episodes. The combination of the crisp acting, intense dialog, and beautiful orchestral score make it a real treat. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2001 by Seventies_action
These are oddly matched episodes, but still worth a look.
In “The Deadly Years”, a landing party led by Captain Kirk contracts a rare disease causing accelerated... Read more
BOTH of these episodes are great, which makes this DVD a real bargain. "Mirror/Mirror" is finely acted with real intensity, and "The Deadly Years" has some of... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2001 by yarborough
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