Spoilers ahead for CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery!
The back half of Star Trek: Discovery’s first season premiered Sunday on CBS All Access, confirming a twist fans had been expecting for a while — the Discovery has jumped over to the Mirror Universe. Keep an eye out for goatees.
Yahoo! chatted with showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts about the story, and the producers confirmed the Mirror Universe arc will run for several episodes in the back half of the season, meaning this certainly won’t be a simple one-off story. He said the plan is to tell “quite a bit of story in this mirror universe” and use the narrative tool as a way to reveal new things about the Prime Universe characters.
Harberts revealed they wanted to tell a Mirror Universe story from the moment they started mapping out Discovery, and actually intended to make the jump by Episode 5. But they delayed the twist to allow some additional time to establish the characters from the core cast.
“The Mirror Universe only works when you can care about the characters enough in the prime universe, so you can uncover the discovery of who people are in the alternate universe,” Harberts said. “So we realized that the Mirror Universe really needed to play in the back half of the [season], that it really needed to anchor the last several episodes.”
Throughout its first season, Star Trek: Discovery has proven to be one of the most controversial Star Trek projects in the franchise’s history. It’s certainly the darkest show the series has ever attempted, and Enterprise seems to be leaning into that more and more each week. That said, this Mirror Universe arc shows it still has a place in Trek lore, and is looking to honor that with its own spin.
New episodes of Discovery drop Sundays on CBS All Access.