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STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE - Mirror Universe
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Mirror Universe

Background Information
Mirror Universe Storyline



Background Information

In the original Star Trek series (which took place in the 2250s) Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise crossed over to an alternate universe in a transporter accident. That universe was, at one time, precisely identical to our own, but at some point in its history, a single event occurred differently than it happened here, and forever altered that universe's preceding history. Despite that change, in the time of Deep Space Nine (the 2360s and 2370s), the Mirror Universe continued to hold identical persons and places to our own, but the events were never the same. In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, characters from Our Universe, and the Mirror Universe crossed over to each other's universes and altered certain events, just as Captain Kirk had done in the original series.

In the Beta and Alpha Quadrants of the Mirror Universe galaxy, the balance of power among the different races living there was very different from Our Universe. In the Mirror Universe there was an alliance between the Cardassian, Klingon, and Bajoran people--something that would never happen in Our Universe. The Cardassian-Klingon-Bajoran Alliance of the Mirror Universe forced the Terrans (Humans) and other Federation species into slavery, because of an action which Captain Kirk took over a hundred years ago when he was in the Mirror Universe himself. A few slaves thought they were better off to join the Alliance, against their own people.
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Mirror Universe Storyline

Major Kira's Mirror Universe counterpart: ''the Intendant''The storyline we see of the Mirror Universe began late in season two when Major Kira--she hadn't yet been promoted--and Doctor Bashir were transported there in a runabout during an accident in the Bajoran Wormhole. Not knowing they were in the Mirror Universe, they found what they thought was Deep Space Nine orbiting Bajor, and docked as they usually would. Once aboard, they met Kira's counterpart (the "Intendant") who welcomed them to Terok Nor. The Intendant put Doctor Bashir to work in the station's ore processing centre, and took Major Kira to her quarters to get to know her counterpart. Chief O'Brien's counterpart ("Smiley") helped Major Kira to free Bashir from the ore processing centre, and the Mirror Odo was killed in the battle that ensued. Major Kira and Doctor Bashir returned to Our Universe, and to Deep Space Nine.

Near the end of season three, Smiley abducted Captain Sisko to the Mirror Universe, where a band of Terrans had formed a Chief O'Brien's Mirror Universe counterpart: ''Smiley''rebellion against the Alliance. Smiley told Sisko that Professor Jennifer Sisko (Our Jennifer was Captain Sisko's wife, who had been killed in a Borg attack) was working for the Alliance, and building a device that would let them discover the Terran Rebellion's secret hiding place in the Mirror Badlands. Smiley wanted Sisko to assume the role of Mirror Sisko--who had recently been killed in a space battle with the Intendant--and convince Professor Sisko to stop constructing the device. Captain Sisko agreed, succeeded in his task, and then returned to Our Universe.

Sisko's dead wife's Mirror Universe counterpart: ''Professor Sisko''With Professor Sisko's knowledge of the Alliance, the Terran Rebellion was able to take over Terok Nor and take the Intendant prisoner by season four. At that time, Professor Sisko brought Captain Sisko and his son Jake to the Mirror Universe once again; this time to help them construct the Mirror Defiant to protect the station from an Alliance fleet lead by "the Regent" (Worf's counterpart) that was planning to retake the station. Realizing that the Alliance fleet would arrive before the completion of the Defiant, Sisko bargained with the Intendant for information on the Alliance ships that would buy them time. She told him about their flawed targeting scanners, and Mirror Bashir and Mirror Jadzia took a runabout to stall the fleet. The Defiant was completed in enough time to temporarily be captained by Sisko, who stopped the Alliance fleet from retaking Terok Nor. During that time however, the Intendant was freed by Mirror Nog, who--being a Ferengi--was expecting latinum in return for her freedom. The Intendant instead paid him with death. She later ran into Professor Sisko whom she also killed before escaping the station for the retreating Alliance fleet.

Worf's Mirror Universe counterpart: ''the Regent''We visited the Mirror Universe for the last time in season seven, when Ferengi Grand Nagus Zek went there on a business trip. He was captured by the Alliance in an elaborate scheme to obtain a cloaking device which they could use in an attack to destroy the Terran Rebellion. Mirror Ezri Dax (working for the Alliance) forced our Quark and Our Rom to steal a cloaking device from a Klingon ship docked at Deep Space Nine, and it was brought to the Regent in exchange for the Nagus' safe return. Once the Regent had the device, he instead put Quark behind a force field with the Nagus, and forced Rom to install the cloaking device on his ship. By that time, Mirror Bashir and Mirror O'Brien were after the Alliance ship to obtain the cloaking device for the Rebellion, and Mirror Garak had been ordered to kill the Ferengi prisoners. When the Regent tried to activate the cloaking device his ship lost all power, because Rom had sabotaged the power relays when he installed the device. Bashir and O'Brien took over the Alliance ship, and Quark, Rom, and Zek were returned to Our Universe after the Mirror Ezri stopped Mirror Garak from killing them. The Intendant, who was also aboard, managed to escape as usual.

The saga of the Mirror Universe continued in a three book series of novels written by William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek.







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