Star Trek (1966–1969): Season 2, Episode 4 - Mirror, Mirror - full transcript

A transporter accident places Captain Kirk's landing party in an alternate universe, where the Enterprise is in the service of a barbarically brutal empire.

We believe you, Captain Kirk,
but our position has not altered.

The Halkan council cannot permit you
to mine dilithium crystals here.

We have shown the council proof
that our missions are peaceful.

We accept that your Federation
is benevolent at present,

but the future is always in question.

Our dilithium crystals
represent awesome power.

Wrongful use of that power, even to
the extent of the taking of one life,

would violate our history of peace.

To prevent that, we would die,
Captain. As a race if necessary.

l admire your ethics
and hope to prove ours.

- Kirk to Enterprise.
- Spock here.

Report on magnetic storm, Mr Spock.

Standard ion type, but quite violent...

And unpredictable.

- Rough ride?
- lf we stay.

Stand by to beam up landing party.
Plot to clear disturbance. Kirk out.

- Comply, Mr Sulu.
- Aye, sir.

When may we resume discussion?

The council will meditate further,
but do not be hopeful of any change.

Captain, you do have the might to
force the crystals from us, of course.

But we won't. Consider that.

Transporter room, energise.

Trouble, sir.

Spock was right. lt was a rough trip.

- At norm, Mr Kyle. Controls at neutral.
- Yes, sir.

Status of mission, Captain?

- No change.
- Standard procedure, Captain?

Mr Sulu, programme phaser barrage
on Halkan cities.

Yes, Mr Spock.

- Their military capability, Captain?
- None.

Regrettable that this society
has chosen suicide.

Mr Kyle, you were instructed
to compensate during the storm.

- l tried...
- Carelessness is intolerable.

- But Mr Spock...
- Your agoniser?

- No!
- Your agoniser, please.

No, Mr Spock! l tried, l really tried.

Space - the final frontier.

These are the voyages
of the starship Enterprise.

lts five-year mission,
to explore strange new worlds,

to seek out new life
and new civilisations,

to boldly go
where no man has gone before.

Captain's log, stardate unknown.

During an ion storm, my party
is beamed to the Enterprise

and found it and the personnel aboard

The ship is subtly altered.

Behaviour and discipline
has become brutal, savage.

Mr Scott, the storm has caused
minor damage in your section.

There are injuries
requiring your attention.

- Well, gentlemen?
- Mr Spock?

- Yes?
- The power beam jumped a moment

as the landing party
was about to materialise.

- l never saw it happen before.
- Due to your error?

- No, Mr Spock. Before.
- Possibly the result of the storm.

Captain, do you feel
any abnormal effects?


Dr McCoy, look us over.
That was a rough beam-up.

Yes, sir.

Mr Spock, have those
transporter circuits checked.

- What is all this?
- Not now, not now.

What is this? Everything's
all messed up, out of place.

Captain, what's happened?

No, not everything. That spot.
l spilt acid there a year ago.

- Jim, what in blazes is this?
- l don't know.

lt's our Enterprise, but it isn't.

- Maybe...
- Maybe what?

Any of you feel dizzy when we were
in the transporter beam?

- l did.
- lt happened twice.

First, we were in our own transporter

but when we materialised,
we were here, wherever this is.

The transporter chief mentioned
a surge of power.

The transporter lock might have been
affected by the storm.

- We materialised somewhere else.
- Yes. Here.

Not our universe, not our ship.


A parallel universe co-existing
with ours in another dimension.

Everything's duplicated, almost.

Another Enterprise.
Spock with a beard.

Another Kirk, another McCoy...

An exchange. lf we're here...

Our counterparts must have been
transporting up at the same time.

Similar storms on both universes
disrupted the circuits.

We're here and they're...
on our Enterprise.

Probably asking the same questions.
How do we get back to our universe?

They'll use the computer,
and we have to.

What about the Halkans?
We can't let them be destroyed.

Scotty, buy me some time. Short out
the phasers. They'll blame the storm.

- Aye, sir.
- Then get on this technology.

lt's all we have to work with
to get home.

The intercom may be monitored.
Use your communicators.

- Aye, sir.
- Lieutenant. Get up to your post.

Run today's communication
from Starfleet Command.

l want to know my orders
and options, if any.

- Yes, sir.
- Bones...

Captain, l'm...

Uhura, you're the only one
who can do it.

- l'll be right there.
- Yes, sir.

Bones. Let's take a look at the library.
We have a lot to learn.

Mr Chekov,
phaser setting for target A.

Coordinates 712/4, Mr Sulu.

Port batteries locked.

Still no interest, Uhura? Hmm?
l could change your mind.

You are away from your post.

ls the captain here? ls Spock here?

When the cat's away...

- Communications status?
- No damage. All stations normal.

Your order - to annihilate the Halkans
unless they comply. No alternative.

Phasers locked on target A.
Approaching optimum range.

Commence fire, Captain?

- Captain?
- Stand by, Mr Sulu.

l er...l've been ordered
to check phaser couplings

for possible storm damage.

- Do you have authorisation?
- Captain's orders.

l'll have to check
with Security Chief Sulu.

Never mind. l'll attend to it.

- Kirk here.
- Phaser report, sir. No damage.

Very good.
Thank you, Mr Scott. Kirk out.

Planet carrying primary
target beyond phaser lock.

- Shall l move to new firing position?
- No.

- Lock on to secondary city.
- Aye, sir.

Lieutenant Uhura, contact the Halkan
council. l wish to talk to them again.


This is a new race with other things
of value besides dilithium crystals.

But we cannot expect co-operation.
They have refused the Empire.

We must provide
the customary example.

- Second target moving beyond range.
- Put phasers on standby, Mr Sulu.

- A serious breach of orders.
- l have my reasons.

And l'll make them clear to you.
ln my own good time.

Captain, l have the leader
of the Halkan council on channel B.

- lt is useless to resist us.
- We do not resist you.

You have 12 hours
to consider your position.

12 years, Captain Kirk, or 12,000.

We are ethically compelled to deny
your demand for our dilithium crystals.

You would use their power to destroy.

We will level your planet
and take what we want.

- You will die as a race.
- To preserve what we are.

We will not argue. 12 hours. No more.

Close communications.
Turn phasers off.

12 hours, Captain?
That is unprecedented.

l shall be in my quarters.

Lieutenant Uhura, have Dr McCoy
and Mr Scott meet me there.

Captain, you've placed yourself
in a most grave position.

This conduct must be reported.

You're at liberty to do so, Mr Spock.

Deck 5, sir?

So you die, Captain,
and we all move up in rank.

No one will question the assassination

of a captain who has disobeyed
prime orders of the Empire.

Captain's log, supplemental.

l command an Enterprise where
officers employ private henchmen,

where assassination of superiors
is a means of advancing in rank.

Your men, Captain.
Easy, Farrell. l did your job.

- Ask the captain.
- Sir?

- Yes, he did.
- Smart boy, switching to the top dog.

Get him out of here.

Mr Chekov was going to make me a
chief. You could make me an officer.

- All right. You're working for me.
- A commission?

- You might even make captain.
- Yes, sir.

Not on my ship.

The booth for this one, sir?

Yes, the booth. Carry on.

Here. What's this?

lt's called blood.

Watch out. They move up
by assassination. Chekov tried it.

Mr Sulu is Security Chief,
like the ancient Gestapo.

ln my sickbay,
two of my assistants were betting

on how long it would take a man
to pass out from pain.

- Report on technology.
- Variations in instrumentation.

- Star readings?
- Everything's in its place. Except us.

Let's find out where we stand.

- Computer.
- Ready.

This is the captain. Record security
research under my voiceprint.


Produce all data relevant
to the recent ion storm.

Could such a storm cause a power
surge in the transporter circuits,

creating inter-dimensional contact
with a parallel universe?


At such a moment, could persons in
each universe, in the act of beaming,

transpose with their counterparts
in the other universe?


Could conditions necessary to such
an event be created artificially?

- Using the ship's power?
- Affirmative.

Record procedure.

- Scotty, can you do it?
- Not by myself. l'll need help.

You'd be too conspicuous.

- l'm a doctor, not an engineer.
- Now you're an engineer.

l'll have to tap the power
from the warp engines

and balance it for the four of us.

Jim, the way this ship is run,

what kind of people are we
in this universe?

Let's find out. Computer.


Read out official record
of current command.

Captain James T Kirk succeeded
to command lSS Enterprise

through assassination
of Captain Pike.

Suppression of Gorlan uprising
through destruction of rebel planet.

Second action - executed
5,000 colonists on Vega lX.


- Now we know.
- Captain?

- We can do it.
- Good.

We lay in
the automatic transporter setting,

but when we interrupt engine circuits
to tie in the power increase,

it'll show up
on Sulu's security board.

We'll only need a second.

l'll tell Uhura to distract
Sulu's attention. At your signal.

We'd better get back to our posts.
Keep me advised.

Jim, if we're here, what do you
suppose our counterparts are doing

- back in our universe?
- On our Enterprise.

l order you!

Let me go!

Spock, get these men off me!

Traitor! l'll hang you up by your
Vulcan ears. l'll have you executed.

l think not. Your authority
on this ship is extremely limited.

You four of you will remain in custody

until l discover how to return you
to where you belong.

Has the galaxy gone crazy? What kind
of uniform is this? Where's my guard?

l can answer
none of your questions at this time.

All right, Spock. l'll play your game.

You want credits, l'll give them to you.
You'll be a rich man.

A command of your own?
l can swing that, too.

Apparently, some kind
of transposition has taken place.

l find it extremely interesting.

Spock. What is it that will buy you?

- Power?
- Fascinating.

Power, Spock? l can get that for you.

Captain, l am pleased
that you frustrated Mr Chekov's plan.

- l should regret your death.
- Why?

l do not desire the captaincy.
l prefer my scientific duties.

l am content to be a lesser target.

Logical, as always, Mr Spock.

The agony booth is a most effective
means of discipline.

l presume
you've ordered full duration?

l haven't decided.

lndeed. His act warrants death.

l said l haven't decided.

That is, of course, your affair.

Captain, do you intend to persist

in your course of action
regarding the Halkans?

- You heard my orders.
- They contradict Empire procedure.

- You cannot ignore consequences.
- ls that a threat?

l do not threaten, Captain.
l merely state facts.

l have found you an excellent officer.

Our missions have been
successful and profitable.

However, l shall not permit
your aberrations

to jeopardise my position. you think
we should destroy the Halkans?

Terror must be maintained
or the Empire is doomed.

- lt is the logic of history.
- Conquest is easy, control is not.

Captain, l do not wish to find myself
opposing you.

But if you continue on this course of
confusing, inexplicable behaviour...

lt's my concern, not yours.

You would find me
a formidable enemy.

l'm aware of that, Captain.

l trust that you are aware
of the reverse.

- Orders, sir?
- Release Chekov.

- Confine him to quarters.
- Yes, sir.

That ought to hold him
for about six hours.

l fell asleep.

We had quite a time
picking up after the storm.

Nothing compared to your day,
l gather.

l heard about Chekov.

He gambled, l won.

You got lucky. l'm surprised you
could be caught off guard that way.

- l was preoccupied.
- Ah...

You're still in trouble
with Starfleet Command.

What you've got in mind is beyond me.

You're scheming. The Halkans
have something you want.

Or is it all some clever means
to advance you to the Admiralty?

Kirk. The Cabinet itself?

- Further than that, if l succeed.
- Really?

Well, you must know
what you're doing.

You always do.

lf l'm to be the woman...

...of a Caesar,

can't l know what you're up to?

- Kirk here.
- Mr Spock, Captain.


l've had a communication
from Starfleet Command.

l am breaching regulations
by informing you of its contents.

Yes, Mr Spock?

l am to wait until planet dawn
over principal target

to permit you to carry out
our mission.

And if l don't?

ln that event,
l am ordered to kill you

and to proceed against the Halkans
as the new captain of the Enterprise.

Captain's log, stardate unknown.

We are trapped in a universe from
which we must escape in four hours

or l will face a death sentence
at Mr Spock's hands.

Let's drink to Spock, the only man
with the decency to warn you.

He'll die for it.
They'll never find another like him.

- l don't intend to kill him.
- Are you going to act in time?

- No, but l'll avoid killing Spock.
- Get he and his men out the way?

l'll get out of his way.

Shall l activate the Tantalus field?

- You'll at least want to monitor him.
- Yes.

l hate this thing.

- lt's not that bad.
- Of course not. lt made you captain.

How many enemies have you wiped
out by the touch of a button?

50? 100?

l always thought that was funny -
the great Captain Kirk,

who owes everything
to an unknown alien scientist.

lf you don't take your opportunities...

You don't rise
to the command of a starship.

Or even higher.

That magnificent mind of his.
But it can't protect him from this.

l press it and he dies.


You really mean it.

lt doesn't matter. lf Spock fails
his order, he'll be killed anyway.

l'll see to it that the circumstances
of his failure will clear him.

You're not even afraid
of Starfleet Command.

Can your scheme bring you
that much power so quickly?

And what about me?
How does Marlena fit in?

How does Marlena want to fit in?

- Scotty?
- Scotty here, sir.

Spock has orders to kill me unless
l complete the mission in three hours.

- We've got another deadline, too.
- Explain.

Field density between the universes
is increasing. We've got to move fast.

- How fast?
- Half hour at the most.

- lf we miss?
- We couldn't escape in a century.

We're ready to bridge power
from engines to the transporter.

Get down and free the board
so we can lock in.

Give me ten minutes
to complete computations.

l'll be there in ten minutes and
meet you in the sickbay afterwards.

Aye, sir.

- Computer?
- Ready.

Explain computer activity
in the engineering section.

- Security research is in progress.
- Who is conducting the research?

The captain and Mr Scott.

- What is the nature of the research?
- Programme is voice-index locked.

Why are you monitoring
my communications, Mr Sulu?

My board has detected
extensive computer use.

l was about to inform you.

lt's not hard to guess
your order from Starfleet Command.

l suggest a connection.
The captain suspects.

- He's working on escape or defence.
- That is my concern.

Correct. lt's your play.
l hope you succeed.

Because the order
would fall on me next

and you know how Captain Kirk's
enemies have a habit of disappearing.

lf l am successful, you see yourself
a step nearer to the captaincy.

l do not want to command
the Enterprise,

but if it should befall me,

l suggest you remember that
my operatives would avenge my death

and some of them are Vulcans.

Oiling my traps, darling.

l'm afraid l'm a little out of practice.

Maybe that's what happened to us.

lt's very hard for a working officer
to shine as a woman every minute.

- And you demand perfection.
- l've never seen perfection.

But no woman could come closer to it.

l remember when
you used to talk that way.

- l still do.
- Prove it.

- l've got to go.
- Ship's business?

An important task on the crew deck?

Well, l guess it's over.

Commander Kenno will take me.
He's made that quite clear.

- l'll call for help with my things.
- You don't have to do that.

Are you feeling sorry for me?

Do l see hesitation in your eyes
about anything?

l want one thing, Captain.

Transfer me.
On the Enterprise, l am humiliated.

On another ship, l can hunt
fresh game. l've got my rank, and...

Don't l?

l've been a captain's woman.

l'll be one again if l have
to go through every officer.

You could.

l simply meant that you could be
anything you want to be.

lt's been a long time
since you've kissed me like that.

You're a stranger.

Mercy to the Halkans,
mercy to Spock.

To me.

Am l your woman?

You're the captain's woman
until he says you're not.


Yes, Captain.

You know what to do
on Scotty's signal?

- l've got a good idea, sir.
- Keep Sulu's attention off the board.

- l'll do my best.
- Good luck. Kirk out.

You aren't very persistent, Mr Sulu.

The game has rules.
You're ignoring them.

l protest and you come back.

You didn't come back.

- Now you're making sense.
- l was getting bored.

Of course, this isn't the time.

Any time's a good time.

l'm afraid l changed my mind. Again.

You take a lot of chances,

So do you, Mister.

So do you.

Take over for me.

Mr Scott. All clear.
On my way to sickbay.

Now it's up to the captain.

Please restrict your movements,

- What are you doing?
- l thought l had until dawn, Spock.

l shall make that decision.

Since your return from the planet,
you've behaved in an atypical manner.

- Why?
- Shoot. You're wasting time.

l shall not waste time with you.

You're too inflexible, too disciplined.

Dr McCoy has a plenitude of human
weaknesses - sentimental, soft.

You may not tell me
what l want to know, but he will.

- You're running a big risk, Spock.
- l have the phaser, Captain.

And l do not intend to disappear
as so many of your opponents have.

lf you please. Sickbay.

Yes, of course.
The entire landing party.

Captain, stand over there.
Doctor, time for answers.

- How much time, Scotty?
- 15 minutes.

The field density between
the universes is closing fast.

Help me get him on the table.

Come on. Help me.
He'll die without immediate treatment.

- Time lag laid in for the operator?
- All laid in, sir. Come on, McCoy.

We might not get back home.

We'll get home. This won't take long.

- 14 minutes. We've got to go.
- Shut up. We should save his life.

You want me to stop, Jim?
lt'll only take a minute.

He is very like our own Mr Spock,
isn't he? You've got that minute.

A little time, he'll live.

- What is this, Mr Sulu?
- Mr Spock has orders to kill you.

He will succeed.


You will also appear to have killed him.

After a fierce battle.

Regrettable, but it will leave me
in command.

Captain, we've barely got
ten minutes.

- Let's go, Bones.
- l can't let him die, Jim.

You go.
l'll be there in five minutes.

- No longer.
- l guarantee it.

Go on, please.

Why did the captain let me live?

Our minds are merging, Doctor.

Our minds are one.

l feel what you feel,

l know what you know.

A friend. Activate the transporter.

You saved us in the sickbay
with the Tantalus field.

- Take me with you.
- l can't.

l'm sorry.
Our power is balanced for four.

There's no guarantee we'll make it
with five. All could die.

- Scotty?
- lt's working, sir.

- But there are only three of you.
- One is coming.

l'd help if l could. Believe that.

lf you kill us, you'll still stay.

Where's McCoy?

- Time, Scotty?
- Five minutes, sir.

Do you know what they'll do to me?

The power is cut. They're on to us.

- Auxiliary?
- Aye, it's available.

- Can you bridge to your setup?
- l can get us the power.

But if we bypass, it means someone
has to operate the controls manually.

- One of us will have to stay.
- l'll stay.

Get to the transporter chamber.
You, too, Uhura.

- Jim.
- That's an order, Scotty.

Aye, Captain.

What about me?


l cut the transporter power to delay
your beam-out until l could arrive.

Take him.

Engineering, re-activate
main transporter circuits.

- You're a man of integrity.
- You must return.

l must have my captain back.
You have two minutes.

How long before the Halkan prediction
of revolt is realised?

- 240 years.
- The inevitable outcome?

The Empire shall be overthrown.

The illogic of waste, Mr Spock.

The waste of lives,
potential, resources, time.

Your Empire is illogical
because it cannot endure.

You are illogical
to be a willing part of it.

You have one minute and 23 seconds.

lf change is inevitable, beneficial,
logic demands that you be part of it.

- One man cannot summon the future.
- One man can change the present.

Become captain and find a logical
reason for sparing the Halkans.

You can defend yourself
better than any.

Captain, get in the chamber.

- What about it, Spock?
- A man must also have the power.

ln my cabin is a device
that will make you invincible.

- lndeed?
- What will it be?

Past or future? Tyranny or freedom?
lt's up to you.

lt is time.

ln every revolution,
there's one man with a vision.

Captain Kirk, l shall consider it.

- Spock.
- Welcome home, Captain.

How did you identify
our counterparts so quickly?

lt was easier for civilised men
to behave like barbarians

than it was for barbarians
to behave like civilised men.

l assume they returned
to their Enterprise.

Probably. That Kirk will find a few
changes if l read my Spocks correctly.

l liked him with a beard.
lt gave him character.

Of course, almost any change
would be an improvement.

What worries me is the easy way
he fitted into that universe.

- Spock's a pirate at heart.
- lndeed, gentlemen.

l had an opportunity to observe
your counterparts here closely.

They were brutal, savage, uncivilised,
unprincipled, treacherous.

ln every way, splendid examples
of homo sapiens,

the very flower of humanity.

l found them quite refreshing.

- l'm not sure if that was an insult.
- l'm sure.

Captain Kirk.

- Lieutenant...?
- Marlena Moreau.

l was just assigned last week.

All right, Lieutenant. Carry on.

- You've met her before, Captain?
- Why do you ask?

Your reaction. One of recognition.

Oh, no. We haven't met before...

...exactly. She just seemed
a nice, likeable girl.

l think we could become friends.

lt's possible.