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James T. Kirk is on leave after the ISS Farragut encountered a "vampire cloud" and most of the crew was killed, all at Kirk's behest. Kirk uses his time off to gather information about Christopher Pike, captain of the ISS Enterprise, in order to assassinate him and gain command of the Enterprise. With the help of Spock and Marlena Moreau, Kirk learns that Pike is under the influence of the Talosians. Also as part of his leave, Kirk is forced to get a mental evaluation, so he goes to the Tantalus colony to have his old friend Simon Van Gelder provide him with one. While on the colony, Kirk gains control of the Tantalus device. Kirk then uses this device to assassinate Pike and Number One, gaining command of the Enterprise for himself and the first officer's position for Spock, who then lead the Enterprise againt the Talosians, killing them, ironically by destroying the planet's oxygen.



Tristan AdamsPhillip BoyceJames T. KirkMarlena MoreauChristopher PikeSpockSimon Van GelderTalosian Magistrate
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Dikironium cloud creatureSean FinneganStephen GarrovickGeorge Samuel Kirk, Jr.J. Mia ColtNumber OneVinaOscar Wilde

Starships and vehicles

ISS Enterprise
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ISS Farragut


Starfleet AcademyStarfleet HeadquartersTalos IVTantalus colony
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Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards

Races and cultures

Dikironium cloud creatureKlingonOrionTalosianTerranVulcan

States and organizations

Bureau of Mental HygieneImperial StarfleetStarfleet CommandTerran Empire
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Imperial Senate of the Terran Empire

Ranks and titles

captainCommander-in-Chief of the Imperial Starfleetdoctorfirst officerLieutenantlieutenant commander

Other references

agonizeragony boothchesscoderegggoldlatinummartiniphasertelepathyThe Picture of Dorian GraySaurian brandyTantalus devicetransporterZ-Magnees Prize


Related stories

  • The TOS comic: "Mirror Images" depicts an alternate account of how Kirk took command of the Enterprise.
  • TOS episode: "The Cage"- This story tells of the events of "The Cage" as they happened in the mirror universe.
Star Trek: Mirror Universe publications and stories
Novels The Sorrows of EmpireRise Like Lions
Novellas Glass Empires "Age of the Empress" • "The Sorrows of Empire" • "The Worst of Both Worlds"
Obsidian Alliances "The Mirror-Scaled Serpent" • "Cutting Ties" • "Saturn's Children"
Short stories Shards and Shadows "Nobunaga" • "Ill Winds" • "The Greater Good" • "The Black Flag" • "The Traitor" • "The Sacred Chalice" • "Bitter Fruit" • "Family Matters" • "Homecoming" • "A Terrible Beauty" • "Empathy" • "For Want of a Nail"
Stories featuring the mirror universe
Enterprise episode: "In a Mirror, Darkly" • prose: Age of the Empress • "Nobunaga"
Discovery episodes: "Into the Forest I Go" • "Despite Yourself" • "The Wolf Inside" • "Vaulting Ambition" • "What's Past Is Prologue" • "Terra Firma" • comics: Succession ("Issue 1" • "Issue 2" • "Issue 3" • "Issue 4")
The Original Series episode: "Mirror, Mirror" • comics: Hell's MirrorThe Mirror Universe Saga ("... Promises to Keep" • "Double Image" • "Deadly Reflection!" • "The Tantalus Trap!" • "Masquerade!" • "Behind Enemy Lines!" • "The Beginning of the End..." • "Homecoming...") • Fragile GlassMirror Images ("Issue 1" • "Issue 2" • "Issue 4" • "Issue 5") • "The Mirror, Crackedprose: SpectreDark VictoryPreserverThe Sorrows of Empire • "Ill Winds" • "The Greater Good" • video game: Shattered Universe
Kelvin timeline comics: Mirrored ("Part 1" • "Part 2") • "Parallel Lives, Part 2" • Live Evil ("Part 1" • "Part 2" • "Part 3")
The Next Generation comics: "Mirror Images, Issue 3" • Mirror Universe Collection (TNG - Mirror Broken comics: "Origin of Data", "Prelude", "Issue 1", "Issue 2", "Issue 3", "Issue 4", "Issue 5" • TNG - Through the Mirror comics: "Issue 1", "Issue 2", "Issue 3", "Issue 4", "Issue 5" TNG - Ripe for Plunder comics: "Chapter One", "Chapter Two", "Chapter Three", "Chapter Four", "Chapter Five" • TNG - Terra Incognita comics: "Issue 1", "Issue 2", "Issue 3", "Issue 4", "Issue 5", "Issue 6") • ST: The Mirror War: "Issue 0", "Issue 1", "Issue 2", "Data", "Issue 3", "Issue 4", "Geordi", "Issue 5", "Issue 6", "Issue 7" • prose: Dark MirrorThreeThe Worst of Both Worlds • "The Traitor" • "The Sacred Chalice" • "For Want of a Nail" • Rise Like Lions
Deep Space Nine episodes: "Crossover" • "Through the Looking Glass" • "Shattered Mirror" • "Resurrection" • "The Emperor's New Cloak" • comic: "Enemies & Allies" • prose: Dark PassionsWarpathSaturn's ChildrenFearful Symmetry • "A Terrible Beauty" • The Soul Key • "Freedom Angst" • Disavowed
Voyager prose: The Mirror-Scaled Serpent • "Bitter Fruit" • comic: "Mirrors & Smoke"
New Frontier comics: Turnaround ("Part I" • "Part II" • "Part III" • "Part IV" • "Part V") • prose: Cutting Ties • "Homecoming"
Klingon Empire prose: "Family Matters" Titan prose: "Empathy" Vanguard prose: "The Black Flag"
Miniseries and anthologies RPG sourcebook: Through a Glass, Darklycomics: The Mirror Universe SagaTurnaroundMirror Imagesprose: Mirror Universe TrilogyMirror Universe (Glass EmpiresObsidian AlliancesShards and Shadows)