In the DS9 episode Crossover, Garak says the following about Mirror Universe Kira:

KIRA: What are you doing in my quarters, Garak?

GARAK: She's never going to let you leave, you know. Can't you tell? She's in love.

KIRA: What are you talking about?

GARAK: In love with you, my dear. She's all a-twitter about you, can't talk about anyone else. You're the perfect gift for the girl who has everything. She's taken you into her heart like a Drathan puppy lig left on her doorstep. Who else could she share her deepest secrets with, tell her troubles to, trust with her life?

Was Garak lying to Kira or was Mirror Universe Kira really in love with Kira? It seems kind of odd to say that considering they are essentially the same person (minus their personalities).

If you look at the context, mirror Garak is attempting to manipulate Kira to betray mirror Kira, because mirror Kira trusts Kira:

GARAK: I arranged the guard. Oh, she trusts you. As much as she trusts anyone. So who better to betray her?

If he meant mirror Kira saw Kira as a close trusted friend, why didn't he phrase it way?

  • 4
    Have you seen the Loki miniseries from Disney? Mmmhmm, it's like that.
    – Adamant
    Sep 20 at 22:12
  • 3
    It’s seems kind of odd to say that someone’s the same as another person as long as you ignore their personality. Personality feels like quite a defining feature of a person. Sep 21 at 10:07
  • 1
    It’s important to remember that ‘love’ means many different things in English, from lust, to camaraderie, to obsession. The overall behavior of mirror Kira WRT Kira does not seem like erotic or romantic love, but definitely fits obsession (consistent with her narcissism) and possibly some degree of camaraderie. Sep 21 at 11:47
  • 1
    @PaulD.Waite - That's because I interpreted in love in simple terms. I viewed it as attraction, but it's weird because biologically, their the same, the only difference is personality.
    – user144649
    Sep 21 at 12:50
  • 2
    @NKCampbell Kenobi usually tells the truth to people he likes, from a certain point of view at least. But Garak (in any iteration) is pretty much always lying, to everyone including himself often. He's made a career out of it. But also, everything he ever says is also true - especially the lies. Sep 21 at 13:54

Garak means exactly what he says. Mirror Kira's initial characterization was extremely narcissistic and self-centered, with a view of the world that essentially boils down to "Kira" and "everybody else". When regular Kira arrives, Mirror Kira's worldview becomes herself at the center, her twin a very close second, and everyone else very far away. As Nana Visitor explains in DVD commentary:

When she comes over [to the prime universe] and meets Kira, she falls in love with Kira. My intention, always, was that it was pure narcissism. It was simply someone that looked like her.

the Intendant's justification for life is in doing things for herself. She is completely the most self-involved, self-centered person, she's like a child in that sense, which makes her funny, but in her childish way, she cares so little for other people she thinks nothing of disposing of them, using them.

Our Kira is one of the few people - if not the only person - that Mirror Kira actually sees as a real person. Small wonder that she's interested in getting to know our Kira better...

"I'd be very disappointed if you didn't find the major… intoxicating. After all, she is me… Or the next best thing to me." (6x08 Resurrection)

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy