Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 2 Episode 23


Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM May 15, 1994 on Syndicado

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  • A homage to the past and foundation for the future

    When "Mirror, Mirror" first aired in 1967, who would have thought we'd have to wait twenty seven years for a sequel?

    Unlike sister show TNG, DS9 is quite comfortable from the get-go acknowledging the original Star Trek stories, and this episode kicks off a total of five Deep Space Nine episodes set in the mirror universe. "Crossover," a Kira episode to say the least, might be the best, with the cast (much like Shatner & company) having a blast with their new roles. (As Kira says, "The players are all the same, but everyone seems to be playing different parts") The fun spills into the episode, and the result is simultaneously an homage to the past and a foundation for the future.

    Director David Livingston deserves a special award for "best direction of an actor in a dual role", as no other Star Trek episode doubles up a character so believably. It's easy to watch the two Kiras in "Crossover" and forget that there weren't two Nana Visitors on set.

    It's just too bad that the episode's ending is a foregone conclusion from the start!

  • A nice sequel to TOS Star Trek episode "Mirror Mirror"....

    Taking place within a context set by the original Star Trek television series episode "Mirror, Mirror," "Crossover" is a very good Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode and a nice follow-up to its predecessor. In "Mirror, Mirror," a transporter accident takes Kirk, Bones, Scotty, and Uhura into a mirror universe where humans are savage and violent, ruling a vast empire with an iron fist. Kirk gets to the mirror version of Spock and, with his help, the four escape back to their own timeline. In the DS9 episode "Crossover," Kira and Bashir land in this mirror universe 100 after Kirk did when their shuttle craft does not come out of warp properly before entering the worm hole. Here, they learn that Kirk got to the mirror Spock and a series of Spock-initiated reforms of peace ended the Terran Empire - however, an alliance between the Cardassians, Klingons, and Bajorans conquered what used to be the Terran Empire and enslaved the human race. Kira and Bashir come back to a completely different Deep Space 9.

    "Crossover" is a nice sequel to my favorite original Star Trek series episode and is a good stand-alone episode in its own right. Each cast member milks their against-type character turns - with Avery Brooks giving the most strikingly different portrayal of his character and Colm Meaney continues to show why he is the best actor in DS9 and one of the best actors in the entire 5-show Trek series with a very charming turn as an oppressed O'Brien and a particularly moving final speech. The episode wraps up a little too fast and there is an awkward moment between Bashir and Kira that fails in what was no doubt an attempt at humor, but "Crossover" is a very good episode overall.
  • The first, and best, Mirror Universe episode.

    Unlike almost every other facet of the show, DS9's mirror universe episodes got worse during the series' run and were pretty weak at the end. But this first episode is exceptionally good - it goes beyond the mere gimmick of "similar but different" to offer something genuinely substantial.

    There's humor here - Bashir hitting on Kira, Mirror Garak admiring tailoring, Odo exploding. And the actors (particularly Nana Visitor) have great fun playing against type.

    But really, it's the climax at the party, where Smiley O'Brien gives his impassioned speech, that makes the episode. That's what I meant when I said there was substance here. Colm Meaney rocks.