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Mirror Universe
(coexisting on another dimensional plane)
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Commander Spock (2267)

Commander Spock (2267)
Gender: Male
Species: Vulcan/Terran hybrid
Affiliation: Terran Empire
Rank: Commander
Occupation: XO, Science Officer
Emperor
Status: Active (2267)
Born: 2230
Played by: Leonard Nimoy
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Spock and James T. Kirk with guards in 2267.

Spock and James T. Kirk with guards in 2267.
For the prime universe counterpart, please see Spock.
For the alternate reality counterpart, please see Spock (alternate reality).
"I do not desire the captaincy. I am much more content with my scientific duties. And I am frankly content to be a lesser target."
- Spock

Spock was the Terran/Vulcan hybrid first officer of the ISS Enterprise in 2267. He was a logical being who was loyal to his captain, James T. Kirk, and chose to warn him when he was ordered by the Terran Empire to kill him and take command if he did not launch an attack against the Halkans in retribution for their refusal to negotiate with the Empire.

Based on his captain's apparently erratic behavior, Spock correctly deduced that Kirk had actually been accidentally replaced by his counterpart from a mirror universe, and devised a means of returning Kirk, Scotty, McCoy, and Uhura to their original ship.

Before Kirk left, believing that Spock would one day become captain of the Enterprise, he planted a seed of doubt about the inevitability of the Empire's collapse, asking Spock if violence was the only logical answer. Spock, as logical as his counterpart, had already calculated that the Empire's subject peoples would revolt in approximately 240 years, and the Empire' defeat was a foregone conclusion. Kirk submitted that it was illogical of Spock to continue to serve an Empire destined to collapse, but Spock said the odds of one man bringing about peaceful change to the Empire were virtually insurmountable. Kirk revealed the existence of the Tantalus field, an assassination device that the mirror universe Kirk had used to eliminate his enemies, and urged Spock to ally the device's power with his own formidable intellect. Spock appeared intrigued, and promised to consider Kirk's words. (TOS: "Mirror, Mirror")

As Kirk predicted, Spock later on became the captain of the Enterprise. Spock used the ship as a power base to accumulate influence, and eventually rose to become commander in chief of the Terran Empire. He instituted major reforms, turning the Empire into a more peaceful and less aggressive power. Unfortunately, Spock's reforms left the Empire unprepared to fight the united Klingon-Cardassian Alliance, who conquered the entire Terran Empire, enslaving the Terrans themselves as well as the Vulcans. (DS9: "Crossover")

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Background information

Mirror Spock was played by Leonard Nimoy, who also portrayed the "regular" universe Spock. Both characters were identical, except for the beard on the mirror version.

The representation of Spock in "Mirror, Mirror" was the inspiration behind the name for the progressive-metal group "Spock's Beard".

Apocrypha

  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation novel Dark Mirror by Diane Duane, Jean-Luc Picard, masquerading as his mirror universe counterpart aboard the other's USS Enterprise-D, briefly investigates Spock's history after his encounter with the primary universe Kirk. According to the official history, Spock succeeded, briefly, in becoming a powerful figure in Starfleet and the Empire, thanks to his own cunning and the use of the Tantalus Field, but his advocacy of less warlike policies eventually made him too many enemies. Both Spock and his father were discredited, then convicted of treason and executed. As the novel predates the establishment of the history of the televised mirror universe, these events contradict the history related by Intendant Kira to her counterpart in "Crossover".
  • Spock appears in the Glass Empires novella "The Sorrows of Empire", which was subsequently expanded into the full length novel of the same name. Several days after the events of "Mirror, Mirror", Spock is depicted as murdering the mirror Kirk and thereby assumes the captaincy of the ISS Enterprise. He later marries Marlena. The story focuses on Spock's rise to the leadership of the Terran Empire in 2277, his rule and the events leading to its transformation into the short-lived Terran Republic and the subsequent conquest of Earth and Vulcan by the Alliance in 2295.

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