Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Q-Less

Season 1, Ep 7, Aired 2/7/93
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  • Episode Description
  • Stardate: 46531.2 Q arrives on DS9 fresh from exploring the Gamma Quadrant with Vash. Soon afterwards, power fluctuations grip the station.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Armin Shimerman

    Quark

  • Terry Farrell

    Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

  • Rene Auberjonois

    Constable Odo

  • Nana Visitor

    Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

  • Avery Brooks

    Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Q Less is a bit clueless

    By Celedorian, Nov 22, 2012

  • Reminiscent of the TNG 1st season episode, "Hide and Q". A popular TNG character appears in order to jack up ratings for the spinoff.

    By pharoahsdance, Feb 07, 2009

  • Fun, quirky characterisation - naff plot. A mixed bag.

    By Amoyaan, Jan 28, 2008

  • When Q's girlfriend and archaeological arch rival of Jean-Luc Picard shows up on DS-9, not everything is as it seems...

    By tmkreutzer, May 04, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Q: (impersonating a Bajoran waiter at the restaurant) I'm a friend. I'm giving you friendly advice. She's nothing but trouble.
      Bashir: (waiting for Vash to arrive) Really? Well, I don't see that it's any of your business who I see. In fact, I'm having dinner with her now.
      Q: Are you sure you're up to it? You look tired.
      Bashir: I feel fine!
      Q: No, no, no, you look very, very, tired. (gives Julian a suggestive yawn, overpowering him)
      Bashir: (yawning) Oh, God. Funny. I do feel a bit, um... a bit spent. Maybe I should, uh... Maybe I should go lie down for a, for a, for a minute. (yawns again as he staggers out of the restaurant and leaves)
      Q: (to himself as he waves goodbye) Hopefully, by yourself for a change.
      O'Brien: (upon seeing Q) Bloody hell!

    • O'Brien: We've got a problem, sir. I just saw Q on the Promenade.
      Sisko
      : Q, here?
      Kira: What's Q?
      Sisko: A powerful and unpredictable entity. I was at a Starfleet briefing on him two years ago.
      O'Brien: Blasted menace is what he is.

    • Q: I suppose it's my fate to be the galaxy's whipping boy. Oh, heavy is the burden of being me.
      Sisko: If you're looking for sympathy, then you've come to the wrong place.
      Q: Actually, what I was hoping for was witty reparte. But I can see I'm not going to get any of that, either. (turning to Vash) At least your beloved Jean-Luc knew how to turn a phrase.

    • Quark: I have nothing to hide. I'm selling quality merchandise to select clientele.
      Odo: And what makes them so select?
      Quark: They're all ridiculously wealthy. And not too bright.

    • Q: An abysmal place.
      Vash: Tartaras V?
      Q: Earth. A thousand years ago it had character. Crusades, Spanish Inquisition, Watergate. Now it's just mind-numbingly dull.

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    Notes (5)

    • Q: (to O'Brien) Ah, the Enterprise! Weren't you one of the little people?
      Colm Meaney was only credited as a guest star throughout The Next Generation's run. After the show, he was elevated to main cast member on Deep Space Nine.

    • Siddig El Fadil was shooting scenes for the The Next Generation episode "Birthright (1)" around the same time as this episode. This is the reason his character, Dr. Bashir, was missing for a significant amount here once Q induces him to sleep during the second half of the episode, eventually returning in the final scene.

    • Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) does not appear in this episode.

    • This is the last time we see Vash in any Star Trek series.

    • This episode is Q's only appearance on Deep Space Nine.

    Trivia (6)

    • Goof: During the Q-Sisko boxing scene, Sisko doesn't turn his head after the first punch til Q's fist is way beyond his head.

    • Goof: As Ops begins to decompress, the Ops table can clearly be seen to be fully lit as usual after the power comes back on, but in the following close ups of Kira then Sisko, Dax and O'Brien, the whole table is again dark. It then immediately goes back to being lit as O'Brien walks behind everybody to raise the shields.

    • This episode is a continuation of the Next Generation's season 4 episode, "Qpid". In that episode, Vash (introduced in season 3's "Captain's Holiday") leaves with Q to explore the galaxy. Concluding that storyline, they arrive together on the station in this Deep Space Nine appearance.

    • We learn that Julian Bashir was salutatorian of his graduating class after mistaking a pre-ganglionic fiber with a post-ganglionic nerve during the orals. He claims that it was a trick question. However, he still got the pick of any assignment in Starfleet despite being second in his class.

    • Nitpick:¬†As Chief O'Brien and his engineering team try desperately to open the runabout in order to release Dax and the Ensign, why didn't anyone simply use the station's transporter to beam them out? There was no mention of them not operating.

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    Allusions (1)

    • O'Brien: I believe they (Q and Vash) actually met in Sherwood Forest.

      This refers to the Next Generation episode "Qpid", in which Q created a "Robin Hood" scenario with himself as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Vash as Maid Marian, and Picard as Robin Hood.

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