Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995) – Starship Down, and Little Green Men

Station log: stardate 49263.5

David Mack and John J. Ordover pen this episode that first premiered on 6 November, 1995.

Inside a gas giant, Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) leads the Defiant crew on a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with some Jem’Hadar ships that were attacking a Karemma ship.As the crew work to elude and outwit the Jem’Hadar, Quark (Armin Shimerman) and the Karemma minister (the Ferengi are serving as middle men in the brokering of a trade deal between the Karemma and the Federation), Hanok (James Cromwell – his third appearance in a Trek series before his role in Star Trek: First Contact) have to set aside their differences to defuse a Jem’Hadar weapon.

Having a bit of a Run Silent, Run Deep feel to the episode, I really enjoyed this one. It’s a fun, ship based episode that shows the DS9 crew can handle spaceship adventures as well as the rest of the franchise, and can look great doing it.

Worf (Micheal Dorn), Dax (Terry Farrell), Bashir (Alexander Siddig), Kira (Nana Visitor), all of the cast get great moments, and the episode has a wonderful sense of tension running through it.

There’s a great feel to this episode, and despite the fantastic season opener, this may be my favorite episode of the season so far.

As an aside, I am now watching episodes of Deep Space Nine that I have never seen. I always seemed to falter around the beginning of the fourth season any time I tried to watch the series, this time though, I am continuing on, and really enjoying it.

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Station log: stardate unknown

Deep Space Nine proves it can do comedy almost as well as The Original Series with this episode written by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe, from a story by Toni Marberry and Jack Trevino. It first aired on 13 November, 1995.

Quark, his brother Rom (Max Grodenchik) and nephew Nog (Aron Eisenberg) find themselves in a bit of time travel kerfuffle when his new ship crash lands… in Rosewll, New Mexico… 1947. They were on their way to drop Nog off at the Academy as the young Ferengi is about to start his Starfleet career.

But that crash will land them in UFO history…

The infamous alien crash landing gets a Trek spin, and has some fun doing it, wrangling in wonderful character actor Charles Napier as the Army officer in charge of the Roswell investigation – a completely different type of character since his last appearance in the franchise.

There are threads of continuity laid out as it’s hinted that Vulcans were the species to make official first contact with Earth, something that would happen a year later in the theatrical release of First Contact. There is also a callback to last season’s Past Tense when Nog talks about Gabriel Bell.

And we also get a look at the how things play out when the universal translator doesn’t work…

A very funny, and genuinely entertaining episode, Little Green men is a standout comedic story that shows that Trek can tell any kind of story, if they do it right.

The Human Adventure continues Thursday with Voyager, and next week with more adventures from Deep Space Nine as I explore The Complete Series for both, on DVD.

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