Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 7 Episode 12

The Emperor's New Cloak

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Feb 03, 1999 on Syndicado
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Stardate: Unknown Grand Nagus Zek is kidnapped by the Regent from the mirror universe. The mirror universe's Ezri arrives on Deep Space Nine and offers an exchange: a cloaking device for Zek. Quark and Rom accompany the Mirror Ezri back to her universe where they are captured and held prisoner.moreless

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  • Here we go again

    It's once more unto the mirror universe with this Ferengi comedy featuring Quark and Rom. We might as well throw out the rating system and intelligent analysis because it's clear from the outset that the plot (such as there is) is just an excuse for the cast to cut loose and have some fun (and to get Nicole de Boer in a leather costume).

    With Zek, Vic Fontaine, Brunt, Garak, and most of the regulars getting their moments to play against expectations, the story emphasizes the comedy of its preposterous nature, completely self aware that the alternate universe makes no sense. (In fact, it uses the cloaking device as a MacGuffin under the theory that the mirror universe doesn't have the technology, despite previous episodes establishing that it does).

    No matter, it's all in good fun, and director Burton (doing his second episode in a row with mirror universe characters) ensures that no moment is played too seriously. But it is a bit of a shame that DS9, throughout the course of the series, increasingly sees this setting as only a backdrop for silliness.

    The mirror universe comes back into play in a more serious way with Enterprise's two parter "In a Mirror, Darkly". As for "Emperor's New Cloak", it's the last DS9 episode to visit the alternate reality and is dedicated to Jerome Bixby, the writer of the original "Mirror, Mirror" episode, who died in April of 1998.

  • Another Romp on the Dark Side

    This episode is so fun. The mirror universe Vic Fontaine is crazy looking - and the mirror Ezri is pretty sexy. I love to see Ferengi characters running around. Reminds me of The Magnificent Ferengi this episode does, hmm. The nice Brunt is a funny touch.

    This is another war diversion episode to make up 26 episodes, but it's a pretty good one this time, in contrast to 'Prodigal Daughter'.

    Worf cracks me up once again. I love to hear Michael Dorn yell. This Regent Worf is really mean! That one punch to face knock out he does on the officer was pretty amazing, don't you think?

    I need to watch the rest of the mirror universe episodes. The only other one I believe I've seen is Ressurection.

    And holy crap, where else can you see Nana and Nicole kiss? :Dmoreless
  • The final time the DS9ers go to the alternate universe.

    This is Deep Space Nine's final journey to the dark side. I find it particularly interesting how easily they are able to transport between universes.

    The plot line is kind of weak, though it is what you would expect from a Ferengi, that is Zek's attempt to exploit a previously unknown region for profit. I think the weak plot is overcome, though by the characters we see on the other side.

    Ezri is much more interesting than her normal universe counterpart. No mention is made of the Dax symbiont. Vic Fontaine is not a hologram, and doesn't even appear to know what a hologram is. Instead, he's a wild-looking operative of the Alliance. Brunt is actually nice, so naturally he gets killed in the alternate universe. Regent Worf is prone to wild mood swings and fully embraces his Klingon heritage. He has very little self-control as evidenced by his ripping the captain's chair from the deck of the bridge after the Terrans capture his ship. Garak is really not much changed from his normal universe self, except in the normal universe, when he decides to whack someone, he talks a lot less.

    Then there is Kira, the Intendant. She looks mighty fine in her black leather outfit. We also get a glimpse of Leeta, Rom's wife in the normal universe. She's not interested in Rom, though she does express interest in Ezri, and has been assigned to conduct Ezri's "debriefing".

    I think Zek sums it up nicely at the end of the episode when he says, "This is quite a fascinating place, don't you agree?"

Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


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

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig

Dr. Julian Bashir

Peter C. Antoniou

Peter C. Antoniou


Guest Star

Tiny Ron

Tiny Ron


Recurring Role

Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn


Recurring Role

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • How exactly were Quark and Rom able to get so close to the cloaking device on the Klingon Bird of Prey, much less get it off the ship? I realize that the ship was at a friendly dock, but still there is a war going on, so you'd think the Klingons would probably restrict civilian access to their engineering section, or wherever the cloaking device was usually kept?

    • It seems unlikely that a cloaking device designed for the Bird of Prey would be capable of cloaking a vessel the size of the Negh'var, especially since the Regent's version of that ship seems even larger then the normal variant.

    • In this episode, we note that when Mirror Ezri brings the message to Quark, Zek says that Quark needs to bring a cloaking device to the mirror universe because "They don't have them over here." Yet, in the third season episode "Through The Looking Glass", we see both Klingon and Cardassians starships decloaking to capture Sisko and Mirror O'Brien.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Quark: I still don't understand why you'd want to come here in the first place?
      Zek: Simple, really. I came to find new financial opportunities for the Ferengi people.
      Rom: In the Alternate Universe?!
      Zek: It seemed like a good idea at the time...

    • Ezri: Quark, don't play dumb with me. You're risking your life for him - there has to be a reason.
      Quark: He's the Nagus. The man my mother loves. Not to mention, the head of the Ferengi Alliance.
      Ezri: In other words, he's rich.
      Quark: They don't come any richer.
      Ezri: I see. How much do you expect to get out of him?
      Quark: Knowing the Nagus... I'd say a pat on the head and a fistful of empty promises.
      Ezri: I don't understand.
      Quark: There's nothing to understand. He's my Nagus. And when your Nagus gets in trouble, you're supposed to do something about it.
      Ezri: Why?
      Quark: (thinking it over) I don't know... loyalty?
      Ezri: You're kidding me, right? You're doing this out of loyalty?
      Quark: Would you stop looking at me like that? You're making me feel like an idiot.
      Ezri: I hope so.

    • Rom: Look who the Regent is!
      Quark: So?
      Rom: So who's the president of the Federation? Gul Dukat?

    • Mirror-Leeta: Smiley asked me to debrief you.
      Mirror-Ezri: Must be my lucky day.

    • Rom: You mean we're going home?
      Mirror-Garak: No, he means you're going to die.
      Rom: (to Mirror-Ezri) That settles it! I'm never helping you again.
      Intendant: Or anyone else, for that matter.

    • Mirror-Ezri: Where do you think you're going?
      Quark: With him. He needs my help.
      Mirror-Ezri: You're a bartender, Quark. What are you going to do? Mix him a drink?
      Rom: Don't worry, brother. I'm not thirsty.

    • Mirror-Bashir: Fontaine - put down those phasers!
      Mirror-Vic: I'll see you in hell first!

    • Sisko: Something wrong, gentlemen?
      Quark: It's the bulkhead.
      Martok: What about it?
      Quark: Rom's thinking about painting his quarters this color.
      Sisko: They're already that color.
      Quark: (to Rom) I told you!
      Rom: No wonder I like it. It's a very soothing shade of gray.

    • Rom: I told you cloaking the cloaking device was a good idea.
      Quark: Brilliant. But couldn't you have done something about it's weight?
      Rom: Uh... nope. But if it makes you feel any better, the cloaking device on the Defiant is a lot heavier.
      Quark: Tell that to my hernia.

    • (while Mirror-Ezri holds a knife against his throat)
      Quark: Don't tell me this is some new kind of therapy? Am I suppose to start talking about my childhood or something?
      Mirror-Ezri: I hope not.
      Quark: Good, because I'd rather talk about us. Dax - you're the most fascinating woman I've ever met. I love you. There - I said it!
      Mirror-Ezri: My name's not Dax.
      Quark: Oh, I get it. Your clothes... the knife... this aggressive attitude... it's all role-playing. Call me Shmun.
      Mirror-Ezri: Shmun?
      Quark: And I'll call you T'lana - you know, from Vulcan Love Slave: Volume Three.
      Mirror-Ezri: You're a very confused man, aren't you?

    • Mirror-Ezri: It's the smart move.
      Quark: (referring to himself and Rom) Do we look smart to you?

  • NOTES (4)