(written from a Production point of view)
Still stranded in the mirror universe, Burnham must try to save the lives of a group of rebels whom she is ordered to destroy by the Terran Empire while maintaining her cover as her counterpart. Meanwhile, a growing terror within Lieutenant Tyler consumes him and threatens the chances of the Discovery returning home.
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Background information Edit
- The title refers to the expression "wolf in sheep's clothing", referring to Voq's disguising himself as Ash Tyler. Another form of this expression was used as the title of TOS: "Wolf in the Fold". It may also refer to Burnham, who has to find "the wolf inside" in order to impersonate mirror Burnham, the "Butcher of the Binary Stars."
Cast and characters Edit
- Of the episodes that Michelle Yeoh participates in, this is the only one in which she is credited during the closing credits with the rest of the guest cast, as opposed to receiving a "special guest star" in the opening credits. This was done to conceal the dramatic reveal at the end of the episode that the mirror version of Philippa Georgiou is the Terran emperor. The use of the normally masculine "emperor" as opposed to the more usual "empress" (which was used by a previous claimant to the title) preserved the effect within the episode's narrative. (Salome Jens was also credited in the end credits of DS9: "Heart of Stone" instead of the beginning of Act One as usual, for the same reason, to conceal the reveal that Kira Nerys is impersonated by the Female Changeling during most of the episode.)
- This episode reveals that Voq has been Ash Tyler since the latter was introduced. It was not until the next episode, "Vaulting Ambition", that it was revealed that there was a real Ash Tyler.
- The mirror Sarek is shown as a leader in the current rebellion against the Terran Empire and working with Voq. In "Mirror, Mirror" Sarek's son Spock is shown to be loyal to the Terran Empire before he tries reforming the Empire to be more like the Federation after meeting the James T. Kirk that traded places with his captain.
- Mirror Sarek wore a goatee, just like mirror Spock and mirror Soval did.
- The Michael Burnham and Sarek of the mirror universe never had a father-daughter relationship.
- General Order 4 of the Terran Empire relates that any race deemed a threat to the Empire is to be destroyed.
- This episode sets a record for the longest teaser in Star Trek history, at a duration of fourteen minutes and six seconds.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Andorians and Tellarites in Star Trek: Discovery.
Production history Edit
- 13 December 2017: Title publicly revealed 
- 14 January 2018: Premiere airdate on CBS All Access
- 15 January 2018: International release date (outside Canada and the USA)
Links and references Edit
- Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham
- Doug Jones as Saru / Saru (mirror)
- Shazad Latif as Ash Tyler / Voq (mirror)
- Anthony Rapp as Paul Stamets / Paul Stamets (mirror)
- Mary Wiseman as Sylvia Tilly
Guest starring Edit
- Emily Coutts as Keyla Detmer
- Riley Gilchrist as Shukar
- Julianne Grossman as Discovery Computer
- Devon MacDonald as Service Engineer
- Ali Momen as Kamran Gant
- Dwain Murphy as Captain Maddox
- Tasia Valenza as Shenzhou Computer
- Chris Violette as Britch Weeton
- Romaine Waite as Troy Januzzi
Uncredited co-stars Edit
- Cait Alexander as Discovery bridge crew
- Arista Arhin as young Michael Burnham (archive footage)
- Bart Badzioch as ISS Shenzhou security officer
- Mary Chieffo as L'Rell (archive footage)
- Kachina Dechert as Terran prisoner #2
- Jenny Itwaru as ISS Shenzhou officer
- Harry Judge as Gorch
- Mia Kirshner as Amanda Grayson (archive footage)
- Chris Obi as T'Kuvma (archive footage)
- Demi Oliver as ISS Shenzhou transporter chief
- Spencer Robson as Terran prisoner #1
Stunt doubles Edit
- Mustafa Bulut as stunt double for Shazad Latif
- Unknown stunt performer as stunt double for Sonequa Martin-Green
- Stacy-Ann Buchanan – stand-in for Sonequa Martin-Green
- Unknown actor as photo double for Shazad Latif
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- "The Wolf Inside" at StarTrek.com, the official Star Trek website
- The Wolf Inside at Memory Beta, the wiki for licensed Star Trek works
- "Discovering the Wolves" at MissionLogPodcast.com, a Roddenberry Star Trek podcast
|Mirror universe-related episodes|
|ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly" • "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II"|
|DIS: "Into the Forest I Go" • "Despite Yourself" • "The Wolf Inside" • "Vaulting Ambition" • "What's Past Is Prologue"||TOS: "Mirror, Mirror"|
|DS9: "Crossover" • "Through the Looking Glass" • "Shattered Mirror" • "Resurrection" • "The Emperor's New Cloak"|
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