(written from a Production point of view)
Professor Jennifer Sisko uses Jake to lure Sisko to the "mirror universe" to help the rebels build another starship Defiant.
Jake Sisko is at his usual place on the second floor of the Promenade when Odo walks by. Instinctively, he goes to leave as Odo often did when Nog was around, but Odo doesn't have a problem with just Jake there. Jake dismisses missing Nog that much, but Quark, nearby, says he does miss him a lot and furthermore complains about losing a waiter. Jake leaves to think somewhere else.
Jennifer and Ben quickly explain to Jake that while the woman in front of him is Jennifer Sisko, she is not his mother but her counterpart from the mirror universe. Jake quickly comes to grips with the situation, though he's amazed how much she looks and sounds like his mother. Although he knows Jennifer is not his mother, he becomes very affectionate to her. Benjamin is then called to duty, as a Bajoran Minister, Gettor, is anxious to see him. He is forced to leave the two alone.
When he returns, he discovers they have left the station, leaving behind a multidimensional transporter device. Sisko tries to follow this trail, accompanied by Major Kira and Chief O'Brien, only to discover the device was programmed to transport him to the mirror universe alone. He finds himself on Terok Nor (which the Terran Rebellion had captured from the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance) and sees Smiley, who says Jake is with the professor, but he is not willing to let Sisko go. Some armed guards make the point stick.
In the office, Smiley explains they have built a copy of the USS Defiant based on the data and schematics that Smiley downloaded from Deep Space 9's computers. Like the original, this copy has structural problems, and the rebels need Sisko's help to prepare it for an upcoming battle with the Alliance. Smiley is willing to transport the Siskos back to their universe before the battle begins, but only after the modifications are complete. Benjamin admits the structural integrity field grids needed overhauling, a two-week process. The Alliance attack, however, is expected in four days – likely not enough time. Smiley promises him that, if he doesn't help, he'll either die in the firefight or serve in the Alliance with Jake. Then, Julian Bashir enters demanding to know whether Sisko will help them. Smiley says he will, and Bashir immediately punches him, a payback for Sisko's punch earlier.
Sisko goes to Quark's to find Jake with Jennifer and talking to Nog, mentioning they were friends. Nog can't believe it, but invites him to spend time with one of the women there. Sisko yells for Jake, and Jake admits he wanted to spend time with his mother. Sisko tells him Jennifer is nothing like her, but Jake is unphased. He scolds Jennifer privately for what she did, but Jennifer has the same attitude that Smiley has. They are desperate to fight the Alliance. He agrees to help, but orders her to stay away from Jake, but she says she's unable, as Jake wants to spend all his time with her.
Meanwhile, the lead Alliance ship, commanded by Regent Worf, is on its way. He has Elim Garak brought to him, and blames him for the loss of Terok Nor. Garak tries to explain he's not alone in the blame, but Worf is infuriated that he's the only one to escape, implying cowardice. He says he cut his losses while the Intendant Kira Nerys pleaded for her life. Worf commits to dealing with the rebels himself, promising Garak will be forced to fight as well. Garak forces enthusiasm, but he is chained and Worf won't release him until the rebels are killed.
Sisko is on the bridge of the Defiant working on various parts and coordinating with Smiley. Jadzia Dax, after hearing Sisko is back, barges in and slaps him for being intimate with her earlier in order to keep his ruse. He quickly agrees never to try that again when they hear a scream from inside the station. The Intendant is being tortured by Bashir for trying to escape her interrogation. Sisko objects to Bashir continuing to hurt her out of malice, saying just because the Alliance was brutal doesn't mean he needs to be. Bashir orders her taken away, but not before she comments on how fooled she was by Sisko earlier.
Word has reached the Alliance ships of the Defiant. Worf is told about the ship, and is angered at the increased effort it will mean for him. Garak suggests increasing their speed, but Worf is rebukes him, still blaming him for the situation.
After a long day on the Defiant, he arrives at quarters to find Jennifer with Jake having dinner. Sisko says they need to leave in order to get sleep, and Jake goes to clean up after dinner. Alone with Jennifer, she tries to massage him and remind him she is not the enemy. She says he's done well with Jake, and admits she is enjoying her time with him, the son she will never have.
Just then, Smiley enters to inform them the Alliance fleet is now only eight hours away.
Dax says they need to stall for time. Bashir says he can get extra time with a few raiders, but Sisko is suspicious. He goes to the Intendant to get information on weaknesses in the Alliance fleet. She laughs, but Sisko convinces her that Garak has probably ran to the Regent and arguing she was at fault for losing Terok Nor and probably in danger now. After an unsuccessful attempt to get the force field lowered, she admits the ships' targeting sensors can be fooled with warp shadows.
Meanwhile, Garak is punished by Worf for taking the key to his chains. Insisting he didn't take it, he points out he's still trapped on the ship, and it would not do him any good. Worf loses his patience and stabs him with his d'k tahg, just as the guard finds the key in his boot. Worf takes his knife back and tells the guard to make sure he lives.
As the guard leaves with Garak, Worf is informed of six rebel raiders approaching. They don't detect that they are actually false signals, and the Birds-of-Prey go after them, but their disruptor blasts are diverted.
Jennifer finds Sisko working and offers to help, since she has smaller hands. During, she tells him she told Jake the reality of her intentions and what the rebels are trying to do. Furthermore, Jake said it doesn't matter, since she reminds him too much like his mother. Mentioning she never had someone care about her like that, she offers to send Jake back to Deep Space 9 now, and that both she and Smiley trust Sisko to finish what he's doing. Sisko says to go ahead. Before she leaves, she supposes that the connection they had initially between them is now lost because of what she's done, however, Sisko supposes it was never real to begin with. A little stunned, she leaves.
Jake, at his usual spot, but in the mirror universe, has his thinking interrupted by Nog. He insists his thinking is disrupting him (or perhaps his loitering) and that he should leave. Amused at the reversal of roles, he laughs, but Nog is not amused. Jennifer arrives to get Jake.
Soon, the Birds-of-Prey arrive and fire on the station. On the Defiant bridge, Smiley says Sisko can go and takes command, though not before wishing for some on-the-job training. Sisko considers it, and instead takes command himself. Smiley, very surprised, follows his commands.
Nog soon decides to free Kira as a thank you for her earlier actions in killing Quark and Rom, allowing him to inherit the bar. She takes his phaser and they leave for a ship Nog has prepared. She plans to head for Bajor, and so Nog leaves her to it, going down a different corridor. Kira lets him go for a second, but rethinks it and instead kills him. Before Kira makes it to the airlock, she intercepts Jennifer and Jake.
Sisko leads the Defiant, teaching Smiley a few moves in the process, to victories against a few of the Birds-of-Prey. Meanwhile, Kira says she plans to take Jennifer as a present to the Regent. Jennifer insists Jake be left on the station, which makes Kira interested. She fakes agreement to leave him, and tries to shoot instead, only for Jennifer to jump in front of the blast. She is about to kill both of them when she asks who he is. When she realizes he is Sisko's son, she spares him to give him a message – that Sisko is now in her debt for sparing his son's life, and it is a debt on which she intends to collect.
The Defiant is now faced with the Regent's flagship. Sisko then resolves to pilot the Defiant himself, which Smiley gladly accepts. He is able to make a couple passes very close to the ship, making it difficult to target him and at the same time inflicting major damage. The Regent is incensed, and can only demand the ship be destroyed. Another Bird-of-Prey arrives, but it is attacked by the raider, which has returned to the station. Bashir and Dax briefly celebrate, but Sisko orders them to concentrate on the flagship's forward shield, which he has punched a hole in. Garak successfully convinces Worf to flee, and the rest of the forces follow them. Worf is finally convinced that the Intendant is responsible for the loss, and Garak becomes enthusiastic about killing her himself.
Sisko returns from the battle to find Jake in the infirmary with Jennifer, who is clinging to life. With her last words, Jennifer tells Sisko that she knew they were still connected, to which he responds, "always." Sisko and Jake share an emotional hug, and Sisko suggests that they return home to Deep Space 9.
"You remember Captain Bashir."
"Captain Bashir, Captain O'Brien, Captain Sisko. We may not have enough weapons or troops or ships but we have plenty of captains."
- - Mirror O'Brien and Sisko
"This time, I will deal with the rebels myself."
- - Mirror Worf, referencing Darth Vader's line from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope(citation needed • edit)
"When we first met, there was a... a connection between us. Now because of what I've done it's gone, isn't it?"
"I'm not sure it was real to begin with."
- - Mirror Jennifer and Sisko
"That Cruiser has us in weapons range. Do we make a run for it?"
"We run alright, right at it!"
"Ahh! Pattern suicide."
- - Mirror O'Brien and Captain Sisko
"The Intendant was bad enough! She was irrational, accusatory, unappreciative but at least..."
"At least what?"
"At least I was able to please her now and then."
"You are not my type."
"I never said I was."
- - Mirror Garak while being chained up near Mirror Worf
"Terok Nor will soon be ours again! Then you can spend the rest of your life contemplating your failure as you labor alongside the other slaves in the ore processing center!"
"It's nice to have something to look forward to."
- - Mirror Worf and Mirror Garak
"You know, I bet if we put our... heads together, we could create a little excitement for ourselves."
"You sentenced my wife to death."
"Isn't that a coincidence? I was hoping you weren't married."
- - Intendant Kira and guard
"Make it so!"
- - Mirror Worf, using one of Jean-Luc Picard's famous lines
"Forgive me my Regent, but perhaps the moment has arrived to remove your august presence from the battlefield!"
- - Garak (mirror)
- Director James L. Conway says of the mirror universe, "It's dark and sexy, and there's no subtlety over there." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion)
- Each of the actors who portray their mirror universe counterparts in this episode had their own distinct interpretations of the differences between the usual character and the mirror character. The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion lists some of them:
- Nana Visitor says of The Intendant, "she and Kira are exactly the same person. But the Intendant's ego has been warped, so that everything that Kira would do for her people, The Intendant does for herself. She's self-serving with a capital S!"
- Alexander Siddig says of his mirror universe counterpart, "I want him to be the inverse of Dr. Bashir, like a doppelgänger, the animus to his anima. Bashir wouldn't hurt a fly, but this guy is unstable, difficult, and stupid."
- Colm Meaney says of Smiley, "I picture him as being a bit dirty and scuzzier than the regular O'Brien, just because of what he's had to go through. He's a trickster, and there's something sort of seedy about him. Miles, on the other hand, is straight as an arrow."
- Aron Eisenberg says of Nog, "He was obnoxious and rude, so I played him like an edgy Quark."
- Aron Eisenberg, a trained martial artist, did all of his own stunts for this episode.
- Rene Echevarria commented "We got great reaction to Worf's character, so he might be the focus of the next "crossover" episode. Just a show filled references. The Jake angle was a great one, realizing that there would be a mirror Jennifer and that he would be drawn there". (Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages p 118)
- Of the first three mirror universe episodes, Nana Visitor favored "Shattered Mirror". Visitor commented "It was the darkest. I think I found a darker place for her, because of the way they wrote it, and I liked it". ("Introducing the Intendant", Star Trek Monthly, issue 28)
- The mirror universe version of Worf makes his first appearance in this episode. Michael Dorn was originally to appear as Worf in "Crossover", but he was unable to do so because he was shooting the the final season of Star Trek: The Next Generation at the time. All of his dialogue was given to Garak, and the dialogue that had been intended for Garak was used to create the character of Telok.
- Nog is the third Ferengi to die in the mirror universe. Quark was killed by Garak in "Crossover" and Rom was killed by The Intendant in "Through the Looking Glass".
- This is the only episode in DS9's mirror universe arc where Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) appears. This episode establishes that Jake was never born in the mirror universe.
- Dennis Madalone makes his third appearance as the Terran marauder. We learn he is a widower.
- The weapons locker from which Kira gets the phasers in the teaser is a reuse of the prop from "Hard Time" which was shot directly before this episode. You can recognize the number 47 on its label.
- For this episode's first terrestrial release in the UK, the scene in which Garak is stabbed by Worf was slightly edited.
- This episode marks the last on-screen appearance of any incarnation of Jennifer Sisko, and thereby actress Felecia M. Bell.
- Prior to the establishment of the history of the televised mirror universe, a mirror version of Worf appeared in the novel Dark Mirror, depicting a mirror universe in which the Terran Empire had survived well into the 24th century with Klingons being one of their many slave races. That version of Worf was a slave aboard the ISS Enterprise (ICC-1701-D) in 2367.
- One of the statues seen in the commander's office aboard Terok Nor was previously seen as Arctus Baran's statue in TNG: "Gambit, Part II".
- James L. Conway later directed ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly", another episode dealing with the mirror universe.
Video and DVD releases
- This was one of only two volumes of DS9 (the other being 4.12) to receive a 15 certificate, due to the violent scenes in this episode and the preceding one, "Hard Time".
- As part of the DS9 Season 4 DVD collection
- As part of the Star Trek: Fan Collective - Alternate Realities collection
Links and references
- Rene Auberjonois as Odo
- Michael Dorn as Worf
- Terry Farrell as Lt. Commander Dax and Jadzia Dax
- Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
- Colm Meaney as Chief O'Brien and Miles O'Brien
- Armin Shimerman as Quark
- Alexander Siddig as Julian Bashir
- Nana Visitor as Major Kira and Kira Nerys
Special guest star
- Leslie Hoffman as a Terran rebel
- Jon Horback as Terran marauder
- Mark Lentry as a Starfleet command officer
- David B. Levinson as Broik
- Tom Morga as Klingon Alliance officer
- Unknown performer as Alien with frilled ears
- Unknown performer as Gettor
- Unknown stunt performers as two Klingon Alliance officers
- J.D. David as stunt double for Felecia M. Bell
- Chester E. Tripp III as stunt double for Andrew J. Robinson
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- "Shattered Mirror" at StarTrek.com, the official Star Trek website
- "Shattered Mirror" at Memory Beta, the wiki for licensed Star Trek works
- "Shattered Mirror" at Wikipedia
|Mirror universe-related episodes|
|ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly" • "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II"|
|DIS: "Into the Forest I Go" • "Despite Yourself" • "The Wolf Inside" • "Vaulting Ambition" • "What's Past Is Prologue"|
|TOS: "Mirror, Mirror" • "The Tholian Web"|
|DS9: "Crossover" • "Through the Looking Glass" • "Shattered Mirror" • "Resurrection" • "The Emperor's New Cloak"|
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