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Jonathan Frakes drops Star Trek: Discovery spoiler

September 19th, 2017 by Dave Bowling Comments

Ever get the feeling you were banging your head against a brick wall?

Star Trek: Discovery finally premieres this coming weekend, and the more Trek-savvy among us here at FTN have been trying to keep abreast of developments while avoiding spoilers. And then the inevitable happens.

Star Trek: The Next Generation alumni and accomplished director Jonathan Frakes was on the Next Generation cast reunion panel at The Continuing Voyage convention tour stop in Chicago on Saturday, when he dropped a fairly monumental clanger. Needless to say, in the next few paragraphs there will be ***SPOILERS***. Please tune out to avoid disappointment.

All done? Good. Frakes, who is apparently directing an episode of Discovery, revealed that the new show will be paying a visit to Star Trek’s mirror universe. For the uninitiated, the mirror universe is one seen in The Original Series, Deep Space Nine and Enterprise where the Federation is replaced by the brutal Terran Empire. By the time of DS9, this empire has been overthrown and conquered by a Klingon/Cardassian alliance, with Humans now forming a slave race. Essentially, most of the characters are mirror images of themselves, with many of the heroes now villains for seemingly no reason beyond the lulz, while bad guys are often turned into sympathetic characters. The exceptions are Spock, Sisko, Bashir, O’Brien, Tuvok and Jadzia Dax, who despite some serious shifts in character and motivations are still on the alleged ‘good’ side.

Frakes’s comments were later confirmed by Andy Fark of the band 5 Year Mission, who had been performing at the event. Now while revisiting the mirror universe isn’t necessarily a bad idea per se, it’ll be interesting to see if it can be pulled off in such a way that isn’t contrived and riddled with plot holes. Here’s hoping…

Star Trek: Discovery premieres on 24 September.

Source: Comic Book

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...

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