Each villain in Star Trek‘s Mirror Universe is a colossal fool. All of them suppose they’re strategic masterminds, however each one ends the identical method, hoist on their very own petard. If there have been such a factor as a Mirror Universe sitcom, it might go one thing like this:

Terran Empire Captain: “Ah, Lieutenant Zurgon, you’re actually my most trusted advisor. With you at my facet, we will unleash a reign of terror upon the galaxy!”

Lieutenant Zurgon: [Immediately stabs his captain in the back and assumes command, smirking into the camera.]

Canned laughter.

Naturally, I’m thrilled to see that Star Trek: Discovery is getting a Mirrorverse spinoff comedian. Star Trek: Discovery: Sucession started this week, revealing what occurred to the Terran Empire after Emperor Georgiou’s flagship exploded. As you may anticipate, it takes about two seconds for another person to declare themselves emperor in her absence: Georgiou’s cousin Alexander, who appears to share her love of historic emperor naming patterns. He’s additionally extraordinarily evil.

Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1/IDW

Succession has the identical artistic workforce because the latest Discovery comedian about Stamets and Culber: artist Angel Hernandez, and co-writers Mike Johnson and Kristen Beyer. As a lot as I loved seeing that snippet of Stamets’ backstory, Succession already appears much more enjoyable. The earlier tie-in comics have been intently linked to Discovery canon, that means they didn’t have a lot wiggle-room. The Mirrorverse setting lets Succession mess around a little bit extra, reveling in its solid of ostentatiously costumed supervillains.

This additionally means that whereas Emperor Georgiou is because of reappear within the present, season 2 in all probability gained’t return to the Mirror Universe. Succession #1 performs quick and free with the principle solid of Mirrorverse characters, with loads of deaths already. We additionally meet the Mirror variations of recurring figures like Spock’s mother Amanda, and Harry Mudd. This units the scene for a extra adventurous story than the opposite Discovery tie-ins.

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Star Trek: Discovery: Succession #1/IDW

At this level within the Star Trek timeline, the Terran Empire is at its peak. However with Georgiou gone, it’s additionally dangerously unstable. Officers and politicians progress by means of the ranks by assassinating or betraying their superiors, which isn’t precisely a sustainable system of presidency. Like so many expansionist empires all through historical past, it could collapse as a result of egocentric ambition of its rulers.

We all know that the Terran Empire remains to be going robust 10 years later, in the course of the time of Star Trek’s Unique Collection. Nonetheless, it doesn’t final eternally. By the point of Star Trek: Deep Area 9, people have turn out to be second-class residents. Georgiou and Alexander’s dream of a human-supremacist galaxy is useless. As an alternative, the Klingons and Cardassians dominate the galaxy. With Discovery introducing an interspecies alliance together with Vulcans, Tellarites, Andorians, and Klingons like Voq and L’Rell, may Succession sow the seeds for the Mirror Universe’s nice revolution?

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