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When "Star Trek: Voyager" debuted in January, the producers of both that show and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" vowed that there would absolutely, positively never be any crossover between the two.

"It can't happen," said executive producer and co-creator Rick Berman. "They're on opposite sides of the galaxy."Indeed. The premise for "Voyager" has that ship stranded more than 70,000 light-years away, putting them seven decades away from Federation space. So the possibility of any "DS9" characters appearing on "Voyager" or any "Voyager" characters appearing on "DS9" is nil, right?


As a matter of fact, the "Voyager's" Vulcan, Tuvok (Tim Russ), will be a guest star on "DS9" tonight (6 p.m., Ch. 13).

So, were the producers lying? Not really.

You see, the Tuvok who's on "DS9" isn't the one who's on "Voyager." He's the Tuvok from an alternate dimension.

Same actor, different character - sort of.

This week's episode is a sequel to an episode from last season, which was, in turn, a sequel to an episode of classic "Star Trek" titled "Mirror, Mirror." In the "DS9" installment, Major Kira (Nana Vistor) and Dr. Bashir (Siddig el Fadil) found themselves accidentally transported to a universe where an alliance of the Cardassians, Klingons and Bajorans had enslaved humans. The alternate universe's Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) was poised to lead a human rebellion.

But now it seems that the alternate Sisko has been killed, so his colleagues take this universe's Sisko as a replacement - and he encounters the alternate Tu-vok.

Hey, anything is possible in science fiction - even ratings ploys like this one.

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