Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 4 Episode 20

Shattered Mirror

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Apr 22, 1996 on Syndicado
8.1
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Stardate: 49699.1 Sisko must help a band of rebels fight a Klingon-Cardassian alliance in the mirror universe.

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  • May the Force Be With You

    7.0
    This sequel to third season's "Through the Looking Glass" is an unabashedly simplistic comic book adventure featuring the Siskos in the mirror universe. Ben, Jake, and the other Jennifer (Ben's widow in the other universe) find themselves in a shoot 'em up Star Wars like story that puts subtlety and character development on hold to celebrate Star Trek's space-pirate side. The adversaries, seen in the B story, are Worf and Garak, giving Michael Dorn and Andrew Robinson a chance to ham it up and quote Darth Vader (and Captain Picard). The whole episode features cookie cutter storytelling (like the original Star Wars) as we cut back and forth between both sides, with everything leading to a big space battle at the end that has (appropriately) special effects that rival the early Star Wars movies.



    Unfortunately, while the mirror universe setting was fresh and exciting when it was introduced in 1967, by this point it's no longer such a novel idea. The three Siskos have a chemistry together, and perhaps it might have been more interesting to see them sharing a more emotional adventure in the normal universe. Just imagine how weird it would be to see a Ben/Jennifer/Kassidy love triangle!



    The mirror universe would get a rest in the fifth season before coming back into play in sixth season's "Resurrection".

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  • Another "Mirror Universe" episode. Worth watching for the space battle near the end.

    7.5
    This is the third in a series of "Mirror Universe" episodes on DS9. In this one, the Mirror humans kidnap Jake Sisko in order to lure Captain Sisko over to their universe. They need Sisko's expertise in order to build a Mirror Defiant; the ship is needed to defend the humans against the vengeful Klingon-Cardassian Alliance.



    One of the threads running through the episode is Jake's affection for his (almost) mom, Mirror Jennifer Sisko. It's an interesting idea but its execution didn't have much emotional resonance for me; others may feel differently.



    The best part of the episode, in my opinion, is the space battle that takes place near the end. I think the two previous "Mirror" episodes, "Crossover" (season 2) and "Through the Looking Glass" (season 3), are better than this one.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

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

James Black

James Black

Klingon Helmsman

Guest Star

Felecia Bell Schafer

Felecia Bell Schafer

Jennifer Sisko

Guest Star

Dennis Madalone

Dennis Madalone

Guard

Guest Star

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson

Garak

Recurring Role

Aron Eisenberg

Aron Eisenberg

Nog

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • It is in this episode that we first see that not all people have a duplicate in the Mirror Universe. It is made clear that Jennifer and Ben Sisko never had any children in that universe.

    • On Sisko's first trip to the mirror universe, he played along with the mirror Dax while she was coming on to him. It is revealed in this episode that they made love.

    • Nitpick: The Alliance Fleet doesn't seem to be in any rush to take back Terok Nor. They only decided to increase their speed to warp 9 after they found out the rebels were building the Defiant. Even warp 9 isn't their top speed, but perhaps they felt overly confident that they would succeed in crushing the rebellion, so they were in no rush? Where have we seen that before...?!

    • Nitpick: Smiley may have known the systems on DS9 from his knowledge of Terok Nor, but it is highly unlikely he obtained the schematics for the Defiant there. Being both a prototype and still-classified ship, records of it would not have been kept in DS9's files.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Intendant Kira: (about Sisko's last visit) You had me completely fooled. I really thought you were my Benjamin Sisko.
      Sisko: Good, that was the idea.

    • Mirror-Worf: Make it so!

    • Smiley: That Cruiser has us in weapons range. Do we make a run for it?
      Sisko: We run all right, right at it!
      Smiley: Ahh! Pattern suicide.

    • Smiley: (referring to Mirror-Bashir) You remember Captain Bashir?
      Sisko: Captain?
      Smiley: Captain Bashir, Captain O'Brien, Captain Sisko - we may not have enough troops or ships or weapons, but we have plenty of captains!

    • Mirror-Garak: I was merely observing that as one of the many officers under the Intendant's command, it would be an overstatement to imply that I, alone, was responsible for our defeat.
      Mirror-Worf: You're the only officer who managed to escape.
      Mirror-Garak: I suppose I could've surrendered to the rebels. Groveling on the floor, begging for my life... like the Intendant.
      Mirror-Worf: No. You're just trying to shift the blame away from yourself.
      Mirror-Garak: Am I succeeding?

    • Mirror-Jadzia: I heard you were back. (before Sisko can respond, she slaps him across the face) That's for making love to me under false pretenses. I was suspicious of you from the start.
      Sisko
      : You hid it well.
      Mirror-Jadzia: If you ever touch me again... (whips out a long, curved dagger) Do you get my point?
      Sisko: I hope not.

    • Intendant: (to a guard who's wife Kira had killed) Isn't that a coincidence! I was hoping you weren't married.

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