|Affiliation:||Terran Empire, Imperial Starfleet|
In the mirror universe, the ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701) was a 23rd century Terran Empire Constitution-class cruiser starship in the service of the Imperial Starfleet. This Enterprise exists in a parallel universe that is somehow connected to ours. During an ion storm in 2267, a landing party from the USS Enterprise of the primary universe was transported to this mirror version of their own starship. (TOS episode & Star Trek 3 novelization: Mirror, Mirror)
The ISS Enterprise of the Imperial Starfleet was almost identical in configuration to a Federation Constitution-class heavy cruiser of the 2260s, and bears the same registry, NCC-1701, as the USS Enterprise. However, many minute details distinguished it such as the dagger emblem of the Terran Empire painted on the doors, and the posting of armed soldiers in the corridors. (TOS episode & Star Trek 3 novelization: Mirror, Mirror)
- Two inconsistencies with canon exist with the registry of the mirror Enterprise. In the TOS - Star Trek 3 novelization: Mirror, Mirror, the ship is referred to as the "ESS Enterprise"; in the TNG novel: Dark Mirror, the Enterprise is given the registry number ICC-1701.
The Enterprise was commanded by Captain Christopher Pike during the 2250s and early 2260s. During this time, the Enterprise encountered the Talosians and Pike was captured. During his imprisonment, the Talosians learned that the Empire feared telepathy and eliminated all species that showed the slightest hint of possessing it. This led the Talosians to return Pike to the Enterprise to act as their spy within the Empire. This broke Pike and led him to become an alcoholic who frequently made mistakes that endangered the ship. Eventually, Pike was assassinated by James Kirk, using the Tantalus device and with the assistance of Spock. (TOS - Mirror Universe short story: "The Greater Good")
- References from numerous sources establish that the various depictions of the mirror universe may not take place in concurrent timelines, meaning there could be a number of divergent alternate reality versions of this topic that do not share the same continuity. The references below this note are separated into subsections to minimize confusion regarding the divergences.
Star Trek: Mirror Universe continuityEdit
In early 2267, the Enterprise visited Argelius II where Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott was suspected of several murders, however Kirk protected his engineer from the authorities there and the ship departed. After the events of the "crossover" incident, Spock assassinated Kirk and became the new captain of the Enterprise. In 2268, the Enterprise carried several Imperial ambassadors, including Spock's father Sarek, to Babel where, in a shocking move, Coridan joined the Terran Empire through diplomatic methods as opposed to the expected invasion and occupation. Later that year the Enterprise successfully captured and towed a Romulan Bird-of-Prey to Starbase 10 . The Enterprise later took part in the testing of the M-5 computer during which a 'malfunction' caused the ISS Excalibur to fire upon the Enterprise damaging it; the incident was later believed to be a trap set by Grand Admiral Garth of Izar to assassinate Spock. Later, the Enterprise was ambushed by Garth himself at Elba II in another unsuccessful attempt to kill Spock and his crew.
The Enterprise underwent a significant refit in 2270, altering nearly every aspect of the ship. In 2277, the Enterprise was named flagship of the Empire after Admiral Spock ascended to the rank of Grand Admiral after murdering Grand Admiral Matthew Decker, foiling a plot by the Empress to have him killed. The Enterprise was later placed under the command of Kevin Riley, a position which he held until 2287, after Spock's rise to Emperor. In 2293, the Enterprise now under the command of Captain Saavik transported the Emperor and his staff to the negotiations on Khitomer between the Terrans, Klingons, Romulans and Cardassians. The fate of the ship during the Klingon-Cardassian invasion is unknown. However, she was presumed destroyed. (TOS - Mirror Universe novel: The Sorrows of Empire)
In one version of events, the mirror Spock chose to disregard the primary universe Kirk's advice, deducing he could not change the course of the Empire alone. By 2285 the Enterprise, still under the command of Kirk, had under gone a refit similar to its counterpart and crossed into our universe as a prelude to the Empire's invasion. The Enterprise confronted the USS Excelsior which was transporting the crew of the USS Enterprise back to Earth following the events at the Genesis Planet. The Terran vessel managed to disable and then board the Excelsior, however, the primary Enterprise crew were able to escape and take control of the ISS Enterprise. The mirror universe Kirk realizing this remotely destroyed the ship, however the primary crew managed to separate the saucer section and escape. (TOS - The Mirror Universe Saga comic: )
|Early series of Constitution-class class I/class XI heavy cruiser starships|
|Federation, Starfleet||built to mk I specifications||Constellation • Constitution • Defiant • Endeavor • Enterprise • Excalibur • Exeter • Farragut • Hood • Intrepid • Kongo • Lexington • Potemkin • Republic • Valiant (I) • Yorktown|
|various specifications||Alexander • Asimov • Brahe • Confederate • Enterprise (Vardaine copy) • Excalibur II • Glory • Indomitable • Isshasshte • Reuben James • Jefferson • John F. Kennedy • Nautilus • Olympus Mons • Ortisei • Pathfinder • Surak • Tao Feng • Trojan • Venture • Zimbabwe|
| Terran Empire, Starfleet|
|Constitution • Carnage • Constellation • Banshee • Defiant • Enterprise • Excalibur (23rd century) • Excalibur (Excalibur-subclass) • Exeter • Hood • Kodos • Lexington • Nobunaga • Potemkin|
|23rd century subclasses: Bonhomme Richard-subclass (mk II) • Achernar-subclass (mk III) • Tikopai-subclass (mk IV) • Enterprise-subclasses (mk I-III refits)|
The producers wanted to show the ISS Enterprise flying from right to left rather than the normal left-to-right motion of the regular version. However, the Enterprise model was only built to be filmed from one side, as the other housed supports and wires and was not detailed. The effects crew ended up using a shot where the registry decals had been redone in reverse, and 'mirroring' the film (reversing it) after the model was shot.