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Creation Entertainment’s Continuing Voyages convention in Chicago played host to a reunion panel that featured much of the ‘Next Generation’ cast. But it wasn’t reminiscences on the franchise’s past, as Jonathan Frakes, who was present on the panel, is continuing to take an active role in the future of ‘Star Trek’. Frakes has been involved with ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ as a director, helming at least one episode of the show’s debut season. During the panel, Frakes revealed that ‘Discovery’ will be doing a Mirror Universe episode this season. No word on whether or not this is the episode he is directing or where it might fall in the broadcast order.

The Mirror Universe first appeared in ‘Mirror, Mirror’, a second season episode of the original ‘Star Trek’. The episode became famous as much for its use of the parallel universe concept as for Spock’s bearded counterpart. Years later, the Mirror Universe would become a fixture on ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’, where it would be revisited often enough for distinct character arcs to develop among the station crews counterparts. It was last seen in the ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ two-parter ‘In A Mirror Darkly’, which for the first time focused entirely on the crew’s Mirror counterparts, with no crossover between the two realities.

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ is due to make its long-awaited debut on September 24, 2017. The show will premiere on CBS before moving to the CBS All Access streaming service for the remainder of its run. The series cast includes Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Jason Isaacs, Anthony Rapp, James Frain, Michelle Yeoh, Terry Serpico, Maulik Pancholy, Sam Vatholomeos, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif, Mary Chieffo, Rainn Wilson, Rekha Sharma, Kenneth Mitchell, Clare McConnell, and Damon Runyan.

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