Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 6 Episode 8


Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Nov 17, 1997 on Syndicado
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Episode Summary

Stardate: Unknown The mirror universe's Bareil attempts to steal the Bajoran orb of Prophecy and Change. Things are complicated when Kira falls in love with him.

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  • Reminds me of episodes from the early seasons

    This is a throwback to early season characters and formulas, with a predictable, mundane romantic story for Kira and mirror-Bariel before an asinine ending. It's a perfectly acceptable hour of entertainment; but it's also one of the most forgettable episodes of DS9's run. (It doesn't help that Odo, after admitting feelings for Kira, is mostly absent from this episode). Still, the episode doesn't try to be a "big event" and succeeds on its own merits. The bottom line, however, is that the mirror universe is getting old by this point, and the "real" universe DS9 has created is far more interesting.moreless
  • A rare dud in season 6.

    This episode, along with "The Emperor's New Cloak", showcases the death gasps of the Mirror Universe. It was a cool concept and generated at least one great episode ("Crossover"), but by this point didn't offer much more than sentimental soap opera.

    Vedek Bareil was never the most interesting character (Philip Anglim's banal performance is probably at fault), and his "flawed" counterpart fails to generate much firework. It's hard to see what Kira sees in him, much less the hedonistic Intendant.

    There are a few lighthearted moments - the double date with Worf and Jadzia, the encounter with Quark - but that's about it.

Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

John Towey

John Towey

Vedek Ossan

Guest Star

Scott Strozier

Scott Strozier

Security Guard

Guest Star

Philip Anglim

Philip Anglim

Vedek Bareil

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The logo of Triskelion that originated from the Star Trek: TOS episode "The Gamesters of Triskelion" appears on a cargo crate in this episode.

    • Nitpick: It has been established in many other episodes of the Star Trek universe (including Deep Space Nine) that the transporter technology has numerous built in safeguards against weapons and/or uninvited guests. None of which were triggered when Mirror Bareil beamed onto the station's Central Operations transporter during a time of war. Even if the automatic systems were somehow disabled, there was enough time to set up a force field to contain the subject until an identification could be made.

    • Nitpick: Sisko has security clear a path to Landing Pad A to allow Mirror Bareil and Kira to depart. The landing pads are in a bay above the habitat ring, as shown in "Emissary". However, the outside shot shows the runabout docked at a pylon.

    • Nitpick: Given the history of other Mirror Universe inhabitants coming through the main transporter pad in ops, without a ship present, it doesn't make sense why, after detecting Antos coming aboard, to have met him without an armed guard.

    • Goof: Kira calls Bareil's Bajoran phaser a disruptor two times.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (after Dax tries to fix her up with one of men she used to date)
      Kira: Sometimes your taste in men frightens me.
      Jadzia: I'll make sure to tell Worf you said so!
      Worf: Tell me what?
      Jadzia: Don't be so nosey!

    • Indendant: I'd be very disappointed if you didn't find the major... intoxicating. After all, she is me... Or the next best thing to me.

    • (talking about Bareil)
      Kira: He used to say: 'When you overindulge the body...'
      Mirror Bareil: ' starve the soul.'

    • Kira: You're not going to kill anyone. Not with that disruptor. The power cell's cracked.
      Bareil: How long have you known?
      Kira: Since we left ops.
      Bareil: Then why'd you come with me?
      Kira: I needed the exercise.

    • Jadzia: What about Doctor Trag'tok? He's intelligent, a good physique, and he has a very opaque cranium.
      Kira: True, but his eye bothers me.
      Jadzia: Which one?
      Kira: The middle one.

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