Star Trek: Deep Space Nine “Shattered Mirror”

Welcome back to the Agony Booth’s ongoing look at the Star Trek episodes that gave the site its name! We’ve now come to Deep Space Nine’s third annual Mirror Universe outing, “Shattered Mirror”. Our story so far: James T. Kirk crossed over into a parallel universe and totally interfered in a society he had very little knowledge or understanding of (as Kirk tends to do), which led to the Terran Empire being conquered decades later by a Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. But now the Terrans are fighting back, and they forced our Sisko to impersonate Mirror Sisko to convince a scientist (the Mirror version of his dead wife Jennifer) to defect to the rebellion. And with that, this Mirror Universe series of reviews has arrived at season four of Deep Space Nine, where Worf is now a regular, the cold war with the Dominion is heating up, Sisko is now a captain, and Siddig El Fadil is now “Alexander”.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Shattered Mirror"

The episode opens with Sisko’s son Jake looking down upon the station’s promenade. Odo happens by, and we find out Jake is just reminiscing about all the times he hung out here with his old pal Nog, which according to Odo involved “flicking sand peas at the passing throng”. Darn those two rapscallion delinquent ne’er-do-wells!

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Shattered Mirror"

For those not in the know, Nog is Rom’s son, and Quark’s nephew, and he and Jake bonded early on over being the only two recurring kid characters on the show. And at this point in the series, Nog has left the station to become the first Ferengi to ever sign up for Starfleet Academy. And considering that Academy cadets who cheat on their exams get immediately promoted to starship captains, Nog should do just fine.

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Jake heads on home, and when he gets there, he discovers his dad sitting on the couch with a woman who appears to be his mother who died nine years ago.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Shattered Mirror"

Obviously, this is Mirror Jennifer Sisko, last seen in “Through the Looking Glass”, and weirdly, Jake is mostly just giddy at seeing her. Is there anyone on this station who actually gets disturbed or freaked out or overcome with emotion upon seeing their dead spouse/parent suddenly come back to life? Though, I suppose I should take into account that this is the Star Trek universe, where people come back from the dead every other Wednesday.

Wouldn’t it have made more sense for Sisko to go find Jake, and walk him back home while saying, “There’s someone I want you meet, so brace yourself,” or words to that effect, at least? That might have been a bit less odd than what we get here, which is basically, “Oh hi, Jake! You remember your dead mom?”

Regardless, Jake is ecstatic to see her. It seems she dropped in to share the good news: over in the Mirror Universe, the Terrans have gotten the upper hand in their rebellion against the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. Not only that, but they’ve taken back control of the Terek Nor station from the Alliance.

And also, I’m assuming, jumping back and forth between the main universe and the Mirror Universe has now become as easy as taking a trip down the block to the 7-Eleven. You’d think a parallel universe being this easily accessible would have major repercussions for both universes, but it never becomes anything more than a device to set the current plot in motion.

In another obvious plot point, Sisko gets called away for a meeting with some random Bajoran dignitary. Jake decides to stay and hang out with Jennifer, wanting to spend some time with her before she heads back to her own universe. After his dad leaves, Jake starts getting obsessive over how much Jennifer looks and feels and (presumably) smells just like his mom. At one point, he holds her hands and says that they “feel just like my mother’s!” I assume that when we come back from commercial, he’ll be wearing her skin as a suit.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Shattered Mirror"

When Sisko returns from his meeting, he finds them both gone, and the computer informs him that they’ve left the station. It’s pretty obvious where they went, given they left behind a device that looks just like Mirror O’Brien’s interdimensional transport magic wand thingie from the previous MU episode.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Shattered Mirror"

Sisko intends to head over to the Mirror Universe and bring back Jake. Kira and O’Brien step onto the transporter pad to accompany him, but when the transporter engages, only Sisko beams over, and Kira and O’Brien are left standing there like chumps.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Shattered Mirror"

On the other side, Mirror O’Brien greets Sisko, and simply says that the other O’Brien and Kira “weren’t invited”. Translation: There wasn’t enough budget to do split-screen Kira or split-screen O’Brien this time around.

O’Brien explains that the last time he was in the main universe, he tapped into their computer systems and stole the plans for the Defiant, Deep Space Nine’s new heavy duty warship (which Worf would later use in a failed attempt to go kamikaze on a Borg cube). The rebels have been building their own version of the Defiant, but now they need Sisko’s help to get it functional, which is why they used Jake as bait to lure him back over. They only have a few days to get the Defiant up and running, because the “Regent” of the Alliance is on his way to Terek Nor to take back the station. And if you’re wondering what a “Regent” is, exactly, it’s apparently someone higher in rank than an “Intendant”, but that’s only an educated guess.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Shattered Mirror"

And then we pay a visit to the Regent, who turns out to be Mirror Worf. Which makes sense, given this is the season where Worf joined the cast. Though word is they wanted to have Mirror Worf randomly show up in the first Mirror Universe episode “Crossover”, before he was a regular, but Michael Dorn was too busy filming Generations at the time. And now they’ve finally got their Mirror Worf, and frankly, his entire appearance is pretty lame.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Shattered Mirror"

When the rebels took back the station, Mirror Garak was the first to escape, and Regent Worf now has Garak in chains, right there on the bridge, with an actual shackle around his neck, and for the remainder of the episode he’ll be finding different ways to torment him. And that’s about all Worf does in this episode. He tortures and chastises Garak, and never interacts with anyone else in the cast. Most of these interludes aren’t even worth describing, and it seems the only goal here was to shove Worf into the story by any means necessary. Much like Worf’s appearances in every TNG movie.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Shattered Mirror"

Back on Terek Nor, Sisko has agreed to work on the Mirror Defiant. He again meets the whole rebel gang from his previous adventure: Mirror Dax is back, and so is Mirror Bashir, and he’s still got Uncle Jesse’s hair! However, it seems neither of them are all that happy about him impersonating “their” Benjamin Sisko in that episode. Bashir punches him in the jaw, and Dax gives him a good hard slap for, in her words, “making love to me under false pretenses,” and I wouldn’t really describe what happened there as “making love”, but this is a family show, and what else is she going to say? Dax then suggests she might stab him in the neck if he tries it again.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Shattered Mirror"

The rebels also captured Intendant Kira, and are now holding her prisoner. And in the first nod to the original TOS episode “Mirror, Mirror” in a long time, Bashir has a pain-inducing device that he uses on the Intendant. It seems to be a more advanced version of an agonizer, in that it’s small and handheld, but you don’t actually have to press it against the person’s body. It’s a nice, though fleeting callback to the original episode, if that was actually the intention here.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Shattered Mirror"

Sisko eventually finds his son Jake having a grand old time here on Terek Nor, hanging out with his dead mom, and also meeting the Mirror Universe version of Nog. Mirror Nog is here to take over the bar, now that both Rom and Quark are dead. Jake tries to buddy up to him, only to find out that this Nog is not so lovable. Because this is the Mirror Universe, where basically, everyone’s meaner, except for Jennifer Sisko, who from what little I have to go on seems to be just as pleasant in both realities.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Shattered Mirror"

Meanwhile, Intendant Kira is vamping it up in various ways in her prison cell. Sisko probes her for information about weaknesses in the Regent’s fleet, and she keeps coming onto him. You know, I stayed quiet about this for the first couple of MU episodes, but I cannot think of anything less arousing than the thought of Sisko and Kira getting it on. It’s only slightly less uncomfortable than thinking about my aunt and uncle doing it.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Shattered Mirror"

Later, Jennifer helps Sisko work on the Defiant, but Sisko is disgusted by the whole situation, particularly with how it’s playing on his son’s emotions. “In his mind, the three of us are already living together!” It seems this idea actually appeals to Jennifer, because when she looks at Jake, she sees “the son that I’ll never have.”

But Sisko’s still pissed off over the whole child abduction thing, so Jennifer decides to take Jake back to Deep Space Nine, trusting Sisko enough to follow through on his promise to get the Defiant running. She starts to talk about the “connection” she feels with Benjamin, but he coldly rebuffs her.

Back at the Intendant’s prison cell, Nog shows up to take out the guards and engineer her escape. Apparently, he’s doing this purely out of gratitude for Kira killing his father and uncle. “Thanks to you, I own the bar!” But on her way out, she shoots and kills Nog to ensure that he won’t tell anyone she escaped. Which means Kira has now singlehandedly wiped out all the Ferengi on the station. Can she come to the main universe and do the same thing, please?

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Shattered Mirror"

Kira just happens to cross paths with Jennifer, on her way to take Jake back to the main universe. Kira shoots at Jake, but Jennifer jumps in front of the disruptor blast. Jennifer’s dying, and Kira turns her weapon on Jake, but she spares his life when she finds out he’s Sisko’s son. For some reason, she thinks this means Sisko will owe her a favor at some unspecified future date.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Shattered Mirror"

Meanwhile, the Regent’s fleet arrives at Terek Nor, and it’s time for the Defiant to show its stuff. Sisko pilots the Defiant and takes on the Regent’s ship, while Bashir and Dax (who seem to have hooked up at some point) pilot a smaller ship and provide backup. A big space battle breaks out, which must have necessitated at least one or two bottle/elevator shows later in the season. At one point, the Defiant swoops from side to side and strafes the underbelly of the Regent’s much larger ship, which is pretty impressive when you consider there was no CGI involved and they were still using models at the time.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Shattered Mirror"

Eventually, Regent Worf gives up the fight. He warps away, somehow knowing his defeat is due to the Intendant betraying him, and he vows to have his revenge on her.

Sisko has saved the station, but he finds out Jennifer has been wounded and he hurries to the Infirmary. Her last words to him are, “I knew we were still connected.” She dies, and the two Sisko men have a tearful hug. Well, at least we finally got some sort of emotional payoff to bringing back Jennifer Sisko. Too bad it involved her dying all over again.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Shattered Mirror"

Overall, “Shattered Mirror” was about on par with “Through the Looking Glass”. It’s not great, it’s not terrible, it’s just kind of there. Frankly, every trip to the Mirror Universe so far has evoked more apathy than the last. It’s not the “real” characters, so there are no consequences to anything. Kill off Sisko, Quark, Odo, Nog, why not? Blow up the whole damn station! Who cares? Just imagine if they had used the Mirror Universe to do something with real consequences, like having the Alliance find out about the wormhole to the Gamma Quadrant, leading to the Dominion teaming up with their Mirror counterparts to deal some serious blows to the Federation. Alas, nothing that interesting is in the cards for the remaining two MU episodes on Deep Space Nine.

The next Mirror Universe outing is probably the most inconsequential of all, and it happens in season six. That’s right—the Mirror Universe episodes were so awesome that they completely forgot about them for an entire year. And it’s not like season five was so overflowing with quality episodes that they didn’t have time to spare; it’s the same season where they hit rock bottom with a Risa episode. And even worse, we’re about to endure a Mirror Universe episode that does not contain any scenes actually taking place in the Mirror Universe. Get ready for the hopelessly dull “Resurrection”.

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  • Gallen_Dugall

    Technically Kirk didn’t cheat on the Kobiashi Maru “personality test” – that’s pretty much who he is.

    • CBob

      Well, he did prevent it from testing the specific part of his personality it was actually intended to test. So while it did give the academy useful info on his personality, it was still cheating since it invalidated the test results for their actual intended purpose. It’s a bit like claiming a plagiarized research essay isn’t cheating since researching what essays to plagiarize is still research.

      Both movies (TWoK and Star Trek 2009) clarify this pretty openly. In the former Kirk admits in the end that because he cheated, he’d never actually taken the test in a de-facto sense until the events of the movie put him in an IRL no-win scenario. In the latter, he just straight up gets reprimanded for cheating instead of commended as in the prime universe.

      • Gallen_Dugall

        I refuse to admit the JJ films as any sort of credible source – they’re an incoherent mess on every level. Experience fear my foot – it’s a bad simulation that clearly no cadet in the JJ film takes seriously, how would anyone experience fear under those conditions?

        As originally envisioned the KM test was designed to see how people react when there are no right answers. Under such duress Kirk breaks the rules. It’s consistent with his style throughout the series.

        • The_Stig

          instead Kirk’s like “LOL, Hax”

        • CBob

          Oh, I agree with you about the JJ films. They’re pretty much just Michael Bay movies with (mostly) less unlikable characters, and the KB test depicted in JJ’s movie was a useless joke.

          The point was though that Kirk did cheat. It’s a huge chunk of his arc in TWoK, and it’s the whole reason the test is even shown/mentioned in the movie to being with (and by extension, the whole reason the writers ever invented the test). In his own words what he did meant he had never truly taken the test. The only thing his “solution” showed was that he can’t psychologically accept defeat in such terms.

          That the acadamy gave him a pass likely just means prime Kirk probably handled the whole thing with a lot more subtlety and savvy than JJ Kirk did.

          • Gallen_Dugall

            they also shunted Kirk from the Academy into the the “dead end” line of work known as security, which probably meant no one thought much of his future, and it wasn’t except for the intervention by some serious mentoring from Pike (mentioned in TOS episode Obsession) that turned him around and set him on the command track. That’s what in ye old days we called character development – not just people growing but coming to recognize that growth.

            the JJ films are shallow reference fests (the polar opposite of the Peter Jackson LotR/Hobbit films) there is not one drop of love for anything other than money in the JJ films

          • CaptainCalvinCat

            You know, what I don’t get? Everyone and their mother moaning and bitching about Michael Bay movies (stupid, sexist, using sterotypes) but the same mechanics work for a certain director named “Tarrentino” and everyone is saying, what a masterpiece those movies are.

            By the way: “KB-Test”? If you mean “Kobayashi Maru”-Test, then the shortening of it should be “KM”-Test…

          • Muthsarah

            A lot of people tend to praise the dialogue in Tarentino movies, whereas Michael Bay movies (those I’ve seen) are particularly dreadful whenever they slow down. The explosions are usually the highlights*. You don’t have to like Tarentino’s films, but “stupid” certainly doesn’t fit them.

            * – I DID enjoy Pain and Gain, though. Though I wouldn’t call it a masterpiece.

          • CaptainCalvinCat

            Yeah, but why? The dialogue in Tarentino movies is very pretentious at times.
            Take the “This Watch was in your fathers ass” scene. Nice. I most certainly did not want to know that. Take death proofs scene, in which Stuntman Mike is reciting “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”-poem from Robert Frost, to get that one girl to give him a lap dance. Take the “I don’t tip”-part in “Reservoir Dogs”.
            Take the infamous “Quarterpounder with Cheese”-bit from Pulp Fiction.

            Sorry, those films are not very enjoyable for me. And at least in Transformers most of the stupid bullshit that Sam is uttering has something to do with the plot.
            “Satans Camaro”, “You’re putting me under pressure”, etc.

          • CBob

            I’m not personally a Tarantino fan, so… yay for random straw-man assumptions, I guess?

            But if you want to get into it: Yeah, Tarantino is often juvenile, but his movies, I have to admit, are also well crafted on a technical level. And while he does depart from the “rules” a lot, it isn’t random. He definitely is one of those directors who understands the hows and whys of the “rules” well enough to know how and why to break them. Mostly… IMO he often screws up, but at least you can see what he was trying to do in relation to the whole. Micheal Bay tends to be much more of a random hack, breaking the “rules” for no apparent reason other than ADD, and when he screws up, it’s usually obvious he was never trying to do anything other than a momentary gag.

            To use a metaphor: Tarantino is like a mechanic who’s tryings to engineer a new gearing structure, hoping to create an engine that actually runs in a new way. Bay just grabs whatever he thinks has a “cool” shape and epoxies it randomly to the engine block, neither knowing nor caring how the engine actually runs.

            I’ve read that Bay actually does well when dealing with projects he’s emotionally invested in (like “Pain and Gain”), so it might be he only hacks off when hired to direct the disposable summer action stuff he’s most famous for. Can’t confirm that as I haven’t seen any of his alleged good movies.

            JJ’s Trek was, as Gallen Dugal said below, mostly a string of shallow references strung together by a plot that rivals Bay’s worst in terms of disjointed nonsense. To his credit, he is better than Bay at pacing, editing, shot composition (minus the shaky cam and lense flare affectations), and getting his actors to be at least passably likable or charismatic. But underneath the bling the movie was a complete mess, and it’s obvious that, like Bay with Transformers, he’s got zero personal interest in the franchise. It’s just a toy he’s being payed to play with while waiting for his next “real” project.

            I know some “just turn your brain off” types get all butthurt whenever this is pointed out, but that doesn’t make it less true. If you like these movies, you have lower standards (which is implicitly acknowledged by the “turn your brain off” argument, but a person with their brain off can be forgiven for not noticing that). Whatever standards you have are fine for yourself, but it’s irrational to get defensive because others set their own bars differently.

            KB/KM is a typo. I notice from you punctuation that they have those where you’re from as well.

          • CaptainCalvinCat

            My original post had nothing to do with straw-man assumptions, it was just
            something, that boggers my mind. Plus: when I watch Pulp Fiction, Reservoir
            Dogs etc, I can’t help but think: “These are great movies? One of them is
            ignoring the one of the most basic rules of storytelling (which is: show, don’t
            tell), the other one is a garbled mess of scenes, stuck together by a thin
            plotline. Great movies, sure. If Bay would have done this, they would have
            driven him out of the city for that.” So much for the argument, that
            Tarantino understands the hows and whys of the rules.

            “KB/KM is a typo. I notice from you punctuation that they have those
            where you’re from as well.” – We
            have what? Typos? Might be.

          • Muthsarah

            There’s nothing wrong with telling over showing. It’s not a sacred rule that must never, under any circumstances, be broken. It’s just usually better to lead with visuals in a visual medium. It helps stories go more quickly and for actions to seem more natural if the viewers can be told at least part of the story just with visuals, instead of having clunky exposition slowing things down, repeating things that an astute viewer would already have picked up on, and taking up space better left for more interesting things. Picture worth a thousand words, pacing, that stuff. Tarentino’s films always lead with dialogue. Always. Even in Death Proof, or his part of Four Rooms. It’s clearly the part of filmmaking he’s most invested in, and he wants to put it front-and-center. And that’s fine, he just puts more focus on one element of the film than on others. That does involve lots of telling, yes, and if you either A) don’t like dialogue-intensive movies, or B) just don’t care for Tarentino’s very-consistent style of fast-paced, often mundane, very R-rated dialogue peppered with obscure pop culture references, then yeah, his movies are probably not going to be for you. No such thing as a work of art that appeals to everybody.

            His visual style gets at least as much attention as his screenplays, but it’s clear he derives a lot of that from other movies, and he doesn’t hide it. The fundamental Tarentino movie is his words (Superman speech excepted) + stark, colorful visuals (with frequent long takes) borrowed from movies he’s seen and liked. And that works for a lot of people, myself included. His movies show a lot of passion for the story and the characters, they look great, they’re fun, wordy, violent, often profane, and nobody else makes movies like he does.

            EDIT: And to tie it back in with Bay and Abrams: Bay clearly makes movies for the action scenes. Fine. Great, actually, I love action films. Good ones. Ones that lead with action, are mostly action, and which don’t take up much time with anything else. You can’t have ‘splosions for two solid hours, so you do have to have something in-between the pyrotechnics and fist-punchery. With Bay, from what I’ve seen, he has no friggin’ idea how to make those in-between scenes work. Yeah, there’s a dearth of good Hollywood screenplays, I’ve noticed. But a director can still offer some input, get them punched up some, find some humor, or at least get through these scenes as quickly as possible and get back to the action scenes people watch his movies for. If Michael Bay’s movies were even 50% action scenes, with boring filler (kinda like a old Jackie Chan movie) that’d be fine. But his films tend to be overlong, and spend way too much time doing things they aren’t meant to be doing, and which they cannot do on any competent level. His movies need to be shorter. To be all about action. It’s the only thing he cares for, it’s the only thing he does well. Talk about breaking basic rules of films, how about breaking the cardinal rule about “sticking to your strengths”?

            Tarentino leads with dialogue, and most people think he does that well. His movies also have some action scenes, plus some wordless scenes with visuals, long takes, letting the soundtrack take over the movie for a while. Great. They’re always brief. Bay leads with action, and most people seem to think he does that pretty well. But the other stuff in his films go on way too long, are typically dreadful to sit through, and drag the whole picture down. Same with Abrams and ’09. Flashy visuals (I won’t call them good), lots of action scenes, absolute crap filler. If you like action, ’09 has plenty, and the movie “works” as long as it sticks to that. But too much of the film was taken up with dialogue and plot and stuff that just doesn’t goddamn work, because Abrams doesn’t know and/or doesn’t care one whit about the story, the characters, or the themes of Star Trek, and he fails to come up with any worthwhile substitutes, except for more running and more blinding lights.

      • Jan

        That’s odd, because in both films it is clearly said, that Kirk did the test three times, while others only do it once (or never, like Spock)! But he only cheated the third time, so obviously the first two times he did the test correctly according to the rules and the test’s intention. So what is so bad in doing it again for fun and trying to win? It’s really neither cheating nor deceiving, because whatever the test is worth, Kirk did twice, before he started to pet his ego by winning.

  • Thomas Stockel

    Yeah, pretty much agree on all points. I have to say I always felt Worf’s being on DS9 felt like a perpetual guest appearance to me. He never fit in and his relationship with Dax felt forced.

    And absolutely right about his appearances in three of the four TNG episodes. I think for First Contact the movie could have done with a little O’Brien, because Worf being the only “regular” from DS9 in the movie never felt right, they didn’t even try with Insurrection, and with Nemesis it was like the writers and director said, “Fuck DS9 fans, we’re going to completely ignore that poignant series finale”.

    • Jake

      DS9’s finale was hardly ‘poignant,’ although, in fairness, it was much better than the finales for Voyager & Enterprise.

      • CaptainCalvinCat

        The only bad thing about the Voyager-Finale was, that it stopped without showing us HOW the ship returns – it does not bring us a conclusion. Bad things about Enterprise-Finale was a) that it was more about Riker than about Enterprise and b) the stupid Tucker-Death.

  • Muthsarah

    “And considering that Academy cadets who cheat on their exams get immediately promoted to starship captains, Nog should do just fine.”

    Keep rubbing that salt in. I’m actually starting to enjoy how blasphemous that film was.

    “And if you’re wondering what a ‘Regent’ is, exactly, it’s apparently someone higher in rank than an ‘Intendant’, but that’s only an educated guess.”

    What kind of self-respecting Viking/Samurai/Nazi crossover race would resort to such bland euphemisms for their leaders’ titles? Are their mirror counterparts paper-pushing, focus-group worshipping wusses or what?

    “Most of these interludes aren’t even worth describing, and it seems the only goal here was to shove Worf into the story by any means necessary. Much like Worf’s appearances in every TNG movie.”

    And DS9 in general. It may have saved the series (though I’ve never read or heard anything conclusive about that), but I remain as convinced now as I’ve ever been that it was in all ways, an absolute net negative for the show. Wolf NEVER fit in. EVER. He wasn’t even one of TNG’s better characters, sad to say.

    “Mirror Dax is back”

    Anyone else think the angry, stabby Mirror Dax is just a massive improvement on “our” Dax? Less perky, flippant cheerleader, more wily survivor (fitting given all the lives and stuff) with a bit of Vasquez from Aliens.

    “She starts to talk about the “connection” she feels with Benjamin, but he coldly rebuffs her.”

    This scene is actually one of my favorite moments from this episode. Even though this isn’t the first time he’s seen, or talked to, or even touched affectionately, his “wife” since her death, you’d still expect him to harbor some deep feelings towards her mirror counterpart. But she done messed with his boy, his real one, the only one he knows of. Even with his late wife’s doppelganger flirting with him, Sisko knows where his priorities are, and he’s an awesomer guy for it. Woulda been nice if the episode had actually been about this the whole time: Sisko choosing whether or not to take Jake and run off to be with his “wife” again as a happy family in a new Federation that still could really use him, or stick to his responsibilities in “our” world. And it woulda flowed naturally from the previous episode.

    “And it’s not like season five was so overflowing with quality episodes that they didn’t have time to spare; it’s the same season where they hit rock bottom with a Risa episode.”

    Hmm….never heard any of the later seasons of DS9 criticized. Is the fifth season often considered to be lackluster?

    “And even worse, we’re about to endure a Mirror Universe episode that does not contain any scenes actually taking place in the Mirror Universe. Get ready for the hopelessly dull ‘Resurrection’.”

    …I….don’t actually remember that episode. I thought it went right from this one to Emperor’s New Cloak. Could it have been THAT forgettable?

    • Clu Gulager Alert!

      I like the fifth season just fine, but it did have a few weak points (the Risa episode is one of them). I do think the first half was a bit weak, oveerall. The big season lead-in (the Klingon war), never really paid off, other than a few passing references to ships being attacked. Also, I think there were a few extra bottle shows because of the expensive Tribbles episode.

  • Clu Gulager Alert!

    The battle at the end was half CGI, if memory serves. The Klingon ships were physical models, but by this point they had a CGI Defiant that was being used for some episodes (e.g. the one where it’s trapped in the gas giant).

  • CBob

    “…Jumping back and forth between the main universe and the Mirror
    Universe has now become as easy as taking a trip down the block to the
    7-Eleven. You’d think a parallel universe being this easily accessible
    would have major repercussions for both universes, but it never becomes
    anything more than a device to set the current plot in motion.”

    Trek does that sort of thing all the damn time though. Seriously, I could write a multi-page article just on the transporter alone and all the crap they should be able to do with it based on things explicitly done in the shows. The same can be done for nearly every other piece of kit in the show.

    They’re constantly discovering new things or hacking common (in their world) devices to do something that should change their entire society and/or operational toolbox, only to apparently throw it away and never speak of it again.

    • mamba

      Yeah, my favourite logic flaw was the transporters and the fact they “store the last known pattern from the last known transport”. Ummm, so you mean the transporter is a fail-safe against DEATH???

      If Kirk dies on the mission, his patterns are still in the transporter, just beam him again and he’ll never even know he died once until someone tells him! (from his POV, he’d have just given the order to beam down originally). If someone is sick with something unknown, just compare with the patterns in the buffer and remove what doesn’t belong.

      Hell, why stop there? Let’s say they have a harrowing mission ahead. Send down the big guns (Kirk, spock, Bones, etc…), have them mark themselves somehow, and then send down a few hundred copies from the buffer. Once the mission is complete (with a few hundred Kirks and Spocks on the case, we’re good no matter what it is), beam the clones into the sun and carry on. Since the clones would be in on the plan from the start and presumably agreed (when they were a single person), shouldn’t be a problem. Can’t be done? ask Tom Riker. 🙂

      Or think how useful unlimited psychokinetic powers would be! (forget the episode name, the one where Kick and Uhuru kiss). In that one, Bones gives them all mental powers. Then just stops. WHY??? If you could drink something and for the next 24 hours be Jean Grey with no side effects, that stuff would be your new regular morning coffee in no time!!!

  • Jan

    “And if you’re wondering what a ‘Regent’ is, exactly, it’s apparently
    someone higher in rank than an ‘Intendant’, but that’s only an educated
    guess.”

    If anyone actually wonders, ‘Regent’ is German (from Latin ‘regere’ – to rule) for the currently ruling monarch while ‘intendant’ (French for administrator / overlooker) is the person responsible to collect taxes for the monarch from the people.