Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 4 Episode 8

Little Green Men

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Nov 13, 1995 on Syndicado
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Episode Summary

Stardate: 49201.3 While on their way to Starfleet Academy on Earth, Quark, Rom and Nog are thrown back in time and crash land in the small town of Roswell, New Mexico in the year 1947.

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  • Nice to have the Roswell mystery cleared up at last.

    "All I ask is a tall ship and a load of contraband to fill her Quark

    This Ferengi comedy with Quark, Rom, and Nog is an homage to the old B sci fi invasion movies and doesn't take itself seriously. (It even parodies Star Trek itself with Rom spitting out some hilarious technobabble to explain how he's going to force the ship out of warp. Quark's response? " I have no idea what you're talking about! Just do it!") With its one joke concept, the lack of a B story, and a forgone conclusion, the episode needs ample padding; it has a drawn-out, convoluted introduction and brings back the "malfunctioning universal translator" delay tactic (previously used in second season's "Sanctuary") to keep things from moving too quickly. The comedy, however, masks these storytelling flaws and turns what could be tedious into an enjoyable little character piece. Meanwhile, the 1940s look provides a nice change of pace for Star Trek, with it especially fun to see the outrageous looking Ferengi among the regular folks and settings of the past. Unfortunately, the episode's budget limits most of the action to a single room, limiting the plot's possibilities and eliminating any hope of a Star Trek IV parody. (I guess we'll never see Quark on the run looking for Nuclear wessels).

    Charles Napier guest stars as Lieutenant General Denning and, with his square jaw and no nonsense cadence, is perfect for the part. It's hard to believe that the last time he guest starred on Star Trek, he was a singing space hippie in "The Way to Eden".moreless
  • One of my favourite episodes. Quark, Rom and Nog as the Roswell aliens. WARNING: taking this episode seriously is NOT a good idea :D

    The whole episode is concentrated on out three favourite Ferengi and yes, Nog and Rom finally get some well deserved screen time. The subplot is practically non-existent and that’s even good.

    For me, the whole episode is a parody of the movies and TV series portraying good aliens thought to be evil Martians coming to take over. We’ve got the trigger-happy Bad Military Guys, that are convinced that our ‘visitors’ came to conquer the planet, we’ve got an open minded scientist and a tender, loving nurse who, of course, if the scientist’s girl.

    If you start to take it seriously, well… the plot holes have the size of a watermelon and if it was a regular DS9 episode, it would make it unwatchable but here? Why not! All for the fun! Won’t describe all the cliché gags used here but they are actually funny. Sure, there is some drama but it fits greatly into the plot and, on contrary to some other episodes, doesn’t try to ‘take over’ (like the evil aliens would)

    This is a fine example that, while DS9 is the darkest of the whole Star Trek spin-offs, it’s also capable of creating episodes that are pure fun.moreless
  • A goofy but very entertaining episode: Quark, Nog and Rom travel back to 1947 Earth.

    The strength of DS9 as a series, at least up until this point, was that despite being relatively "dark" and "serious", it included a lot of good humorous/fun episodes. And this is one of the best.

    The plot: while taking Nog to Earth in order to enroll him in Starfleet Academy, Quark and Rom's ship enters some sort of time warp and brings them to 1947 Earth. The Americans who discover their ship (err... "weather balloon") at Roswell want to figure out what these "Martians" want.

    At this point the plot becomes a silly but very enjoyable parody of "it came from outer space" sci fi. Quark naturally thinks he can build a financial empire by selling advanced technology to the American military. During an interrogation by the military, Rom completely cracks (crying for his mom) but Nog shows some very un-Ferengi-like cojones in making up an outlandish story about a joint Ferengi/Klingon invasion fleet.

    I should add that the bit in the teaser with Worf sharpening his teeth is hysterical.

    The episode wraps up somewhat abruptly (and I wasn't sure Odo's appearance added very much), but overall a very enjoyable 45 minutes. Just don't try to take it too seriously.moreless
  • This episode has time travel and shape-shiftng, but suffers from cliche and irrationality.

    I love time traveling episodes, but this one is a little weaker than most. Quark, Rom, and Nog are funny in this one, and contrast with the 1947 humans well. The problem I had with it is the characterization of the people of Earth and the way they interact with what they call "Martians." It seems to me they would have had them strapped down and/or isolated.

    This episode also brings up the question of how the universal translators work, as many episodes do. Once they are working in the Ferengi, their words get translated into English for the Humans? How does that happen if the Humans don't have translators themselves?

    That aside, it was an entertaing sojourn to the cold war era U.S. by future "embasadors" of the Ferengi Empire....moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

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

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Megan Gallagher

Megan Gallagher

Nurse Garland

Guest Star

Charles Napier

Charles Napier

General Denning

Guest Star

Conor O'Farrell

Conor O'Farrell

Professor Jeffrey Carlson

Guest Star

Max Grodenchik

Max Grodenchik


Recurring Role

Aron Eisenberg

Aron Eisenberg


Recurring Role

Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • It is revealed that the Ferengi have Universal Translators in their ears.

    • Goof: In an anachronism, when nurse Garland jumps into the jeep towards the end of the episode, her 1990s underwear can briefly be seen beneath her 1940s skirt.

    • Goof: During the scene when Odo reveals himself to the Ferengi, his hands are on Quark's shoulders. However, when the camera cuts to Quark, his shoulders are bare.

    • The name of the character Nurse Garland is a tip of the hat to the American actress Judy Garland, whose career was in full swing in 1947.

    • Goof: Time Index 39:45. When Odo attacks the officers, you see his hair messing up, despite the fact that its not really 'hair'. In the very next scene, it is back to normal.

    • Goof: When we see Quark's Treasure from the outside while on it's way to Earth, the top of the ship features a small pod, however in the photograph taken at the Roswell base the pod is missing.

    • Quark attempts to smuggle kemocite in the cargo hold of his ship, and it's this kemocite that enables them to travel through time. Kemocite was the chemical that was used as part of the Xindi weapon that was intended to destroy Earth in Enterprise's season 3 Xindi story-arc.

    • Goofs: There are numerous inaccuracies in the uniforms:
      1) Shoulder patch is for the US Air Force but the AF was not a separate organization until September 18, 1947, two months after the July date implied by the calendar.
      2) Only a few of the uniform ribbons are appropriate to WWII and even these are in the wrong precedence order.
      3) Captain's bars are horizontal rather than vertical as is proper.
      4) The nurse has no rank insignia at all and her lapel insignia are for enlisted personnel. Military nurses are always commissioned officers.
      5) The general has both the US insignia and a branch insignia on his lapels. General officers should wear only the US.

    • Nitpicks: When the dog turns into Odo, who begins talking with the Ferengi, they are in the examination room with the one-way glass. It's hard to say which is more unbelievable, that no one is watching all this take place through the mirror, or that Odo wouldn't consider the possibility that someone is watching.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Faith Garland: I only hope that one day mankind will travel to the stars and take its place in a vast alliance of planets.

    • Faith Garland: Imagine the possibilities. Who knows what they could teach us? A few years from now, mankind could have rocket ships of our own. We could travel the galaxy, exploring new worlds and new civilizations.

    • Quark: What's that disgusting smell?
      Nog: I think it's called 'tobacco'. It's a deadly drug. When used frequently, it destroys the internal organs.
      Quark: If it's so deadly, then why do they use it?
      Nog: It's also highly addictive.
      Rom: How do they get their hands on it?
      Nog: They buy it in stores.
      Quark: They buy it? If they'll buy poison, they'll buy anything. I think I'm going to like it here.

    • Rom: Jettison the warp core. No, I tried that already. Emergency overrides are frozen.
      Quark: Then we'll have to try something else, won't we?
      Rom: The kemosite! If we vent plasma from the warp core into the cargo hold, we may be able to start a cascade reaction in the kemosite. Then we can modulate the reaction to create an inversion wave in the warp field and force the ship back into normal space! If I time it just right, I should be able to get us close enough to Earth to make an emergency landing.
      Quark: Rom, you're a genius.
      Rom: You think so?
      Quark: How should I know? I have no idea what you're talking about. Just do it.

    • Quark: In the meantime let me give you some free advice, just to show you I'm on your side. You people should take better care of yourselves. Stop poisoning your bodies with tobacco and atom bombs. Sooner or later, that kind of stuff will kill you.

    • (about President Truman)
      General Denning: That little piano-playin' Democrat's not as dumb as he looks.

    • Quark: My people have been watching your world for many years. We know all about you. Baseball, root beer, darts... atom bombs.

    • Quark: The three of us and millions of primitive humans. I like those odds!

    • (Kira picks up a springball racket)
      Kira: Nog, where did you get this springball racket?
      Nog: Out of a replicator?
      Kira: Try out of my quarters. This is mine. I've been looking for it for two years.
      Nog: And it was sitting here on the bar all along! That's incredible.

    • Kira: Quark, Rom and Nog together on that ship all the way to Earth. I'm glad I'm not going with them.
      Sisko: Only one thing worries me... no one warned Earth that they're coming.

    • Quark: All I ask is a tall ship... and a load of contraband to fill her with.

    • Quark: We're harmless. All we want to do is sell you things!

  • NOTES (10)


    • The Day After Roswell Quark's plan to sell advanced technology to Earth in order to accelerate technological development is a similar concept to book entitled The Day After Roswell (1995) written by Lieutenant Colonel Philip J. Corso, an intelligence officer who served on President Eisenhower's National Security Council staff and who headed the Army staff's Research & Development Foreign Technology Desk at the Pentagon. He claimed that from 1961 to 1963, he was involved in an Army project, directed by Lieutenant General Arthur Trudeau, to 'seed' American companies - such as IBM, Hughes Aircraft, Bell Labs and Dow Corning - with alien technology recovered from Roswell, without their knowledge as to the origins. He said that many alien devices were found at Roswell that "became precursors for today's integrated circuit chips, fiber optics, lasers and super-tenacity fibers." This episode aired the same year the book was published.

    • Nurse Garland: ...We could travel the galaxy, exploring new worlds and new civilizations.

      This is a paraphrase of the famous opening monologue by Captain Kirk (Star Trek: TOS) and later Captain Picard (The Next Generation). In it, the line goes; " explore strange new worlds and seek out new civilizations...".

    • General Denning: Did you take care of that idiot in Roswell, who told the press we captured a flying saucer?

      Denning is referring to Colonel William H. Blanchard's press release of July 8th, 1947, in which he stated that the Air Force "had in [their] possession a flying saucer." Blanchard was the commander of the 509th Bomb Group at Roswell Army Air Field. A second statement was released shortly thereafter which denied Blanchard's claim, saying that the debris was simply from a crashed weather balloon.

    • Quark: All I ask is a tall ship... (2)

      This line was also quoted by James Kirk in the Star Trek: TOS episode "The Ultimate Computer", by Picard on Star Trek: Generations, during the holodeck promotion ceremony for Worf and is the ship's motto for the USS Defiant. It was also quoted by Captain Kirk in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier when he, Spock and Dr. McCoy see the new Enterprise in Spacedock.

    • Quark: All I ask is a tall ship...

      This is a reference to a poem Sea-Fever by John Masefield (1878-1967):

      "I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
      And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
      And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
      And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking.

      I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
      Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
      And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
      And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

      I must down to the seas again to the vagrant gypsy life.
      To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;
      And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
      And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over."