Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 4 Episode 20

Shattered Mirror

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Apr 22, 1996 on Syndicado

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • May the Force Be With You

    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".

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

    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.