Re: In A Mirror, Darkly: Best cold open ever?
Having just those characters that act completely like comic book character cut-outs makes for a really dull episode, let alone a full two-parter.
Their actions were without consequence and they weren't written particularly good or interesting. They were all just plain Evil™.
Funny, but this has a lot to do with why I love
the episode. The phrase "tremendous fun" comes to mind. Trek doesn't necessarily have to be about "emotional investment" in beloved characters on their complex and involved "arcs". Sometimes it's great to just kick back and enjoy a slice of comic book action because, well, it's fun!
YOU MONOTONE HUMANS ARE ALL ALIKE... FIRST YOU CONDEMN, THEN ATTACK.