Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 02 E 23 Crossover
Kira and Bashir have an unusually rough trip through the wormhole on their way back to DS9, and emerge to find the station nowhere in sight. Things get even stranger when they are boarded by Klingons who are initially hostile but immediately become downright apologetic when they see Kira.
They discover that they are in an alternate universe
where the Terek Nor station still orbits Bajor and is operated by an Alliance of Bajorans, Cardassians, and Klingons. The station is commanded by Intendant Kira Nerys, the alternate version of Major Kira. Humans in this universe are at best outlaws and at worst slaves; Bashir finds himself relegated to hard labor under the watchful eye of the alternate Odo.
Kira has attracted the Intendant's interest, and is able to learn that they have somehow shifted into the Mirror Universe that Kirk and crew discovered a century earlier
. This information gives alternate-O'Brien (who Bashir has managed to persuade to help) an idea for how they might get home... if Bashir can keep from getting killed in the ore processing works and Kira can avoid being trapped as alternate-Garak's political pawn or her alternate-self's sex slave
- Acting for Two: Kira and O'Brien, with their Mirror Universe counterparts.
- Bittersweet Ending: Although the main characters manage to escape and inspire a human rebellion, The Empire is still in charge in the mirror universe and mirror Quark was executed for helping humans escape.
- Contrived Coincidence: Kira and Odo being on the Mirror Terok Nor makes sense, but the Mirror versions of Sisko, Quark, and O'Brien all being there too is extremely unlikely, given that the circumstances that lead them there in the normal continuity don't exist in the Mirror Universe.
- Crapsack World: Despite Kirk indeed managing to convince mirror Spock to reform the Terran Empire for the better, that only made them weak enough for the Cardassian/Klingon/Bajoran alliance to conquer them, resulting in a world where the bad guy won and humans are their slaves.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Mirror Kira is horrified at Odo's death, which may be part of why she's much more overtly evil in subsequent appearances.
- Evil Counterpart: Played straight with Mirror Odo and Kira, Zig-zagged with Mirror Sisko, and averted with Mirror O'Brien and Quark.
- Fanservice: Tight leather get-ups, bath scenes, swanky dresses, Les Yay out the wazoo...someone in the writers room clearly enjoyed Kira.
- Happy Ending Override: The original appearance of the Mirror Universe ended on a hopeful note, with mirror-Spock seriously considering Kirk's call to bring down the Terran Empire and replace it with something more enlightened. A century later, the Terran Empire is gone... replaced by a repressive Klingon/Cardassian/Bajoran regime that has enslaved humanity.
- Killed Off for Real: Mirror Odo gets blasted apart with a phaser and Mirror Quark is executed, and they don't appear in subsequent Mirror Universe stories.
- Ludicrous Gibs: This episode displays the effect of a phaser on a changling. Odo explodes into a gooey mess.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Kirk convincing Spock to try and reform the Terran Empire allowed the Klingons, Cardassians and Bajorans to conquer them and enslave mankind (and presumably the rest of the Empire's subjects). Thanks, Kirk.
- Planet Terra
- Sexy Walk: And boy does that catsuit show it.
- Screw Yourself: Intendant Kira clearly wants to get up close and personal with Major Kira.
- Sequel Episode: To the original series episode "Mirror, Mirror".
- What Could Have Been: Mirror Garak's role as Intendent Kira's treacherous underling was originally intended for Mirror Worf (before Worf joined the DS9 crew) but Michael Dorn was unavailable.