Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 6 Episode 14

One Little Ship

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Feb 18, 1998 on Syndicado
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Stardate: 51474.2 Dax, O'Brien, and Bashir take the Runabout Rubicon to explore a nebula, where the runabout and its contents shrink to less than 1% of their original size. When the Defiant is taken over by the Jem'Hadar, it's up to the tiny crew of the Rubicon to take back the ship.moreless

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  • Honey, I shrunk the spaceship.

    8.0
    This is a story that's probably been told a million times, but not (as far as I know) in the Star Trek universe. In this case, a few of the crew members as well as a shuttle are shrunk to the size of ants and have to rescue the Defiant from enemy forces. Despite a slightly different scientific quirk, it's quite similar to TNG's season five episode "The Next Phase".



    There's nothing too deep here - it's just another Federation crew vs. Jem'Hadar episode, with the tangential twist (never revisited?) of Alpha-vs-Gamma conflict. Most of the interest lies in the humor generated by the situation, as well as seeing the mini-shuttle sneaking about the spaceship and wreaking general havoc on the Defiant's violent occupiers. The two closing gags - Odo and Quark commenting on O'Brien's height, and Worf's "poem", close it on a hilarious note.



    Not a classic by any means, but worth watching.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

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

Scott Thompson Baker

Scott Thompson Baker

First Kudak'Etan

Guest Star

Fritz Sperberg

Fritz Sperberg

Second Ixtana'Rax

Guest Star

Christian Zimmerman

Christian Zimmerman

Third Lumat'Ukan

Guest Star

Aron Eisenberg

Aron Eisenberg

Nog

Recurring Role

Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Nitpick: The ledge holding the box that the Rubicon hides behind while waiting for the engine room's door to open has a red name label (one usually seen on doors) that clearly reads "LT CMDR WORF". There is no reason for the label to be next to a box in the engine room, especially since Worf is not an engineer.

    • Nitpicks: The problems of the limited air supply and of the danger of electric shock when Bashir and O'Brien beamed into the circuitry panel could both have been easily solved by having them wear EV suits. And Dax could have just beamed them some more air when the first batch went thin.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Sisko: (referring to Kira and a Jem'Hadar) In a battle of wits between you and him, I'll bet on you every time.
      Kira: Hmm. What kind of odds are you giving?

    • Odo: Are you sure that you two returned to your original height?
      O'Brien: Why you asking?
      Odo: It's just that you both seem to be a couple of centimeters shorter. A changeling notices these sort of things.
      Quark: Actually now that I think about it, you both do seem a little on the petite side.
      Bashir: Infirmary!
      (both run to the infirmary)
      Quark: (to Odo) And they say you don't have a sense of humor.

    • (reading his 'poem' about the Rubicon's mission)
      Worf: 'This is the story about the little ship that took a little trip.' What do you think?
      Jadzia: It's... uh... well, it rhymes.

    • O'Brien: Don't hit it too hard, you could shatter the control panel.
      Jadzia: Don't worry. I have a light touch.
      Bashir: Not according to Worf. (Jadzia glares at him) What?

    • (as they are flying through the Defiant's aft plasma vent)
      Bashir: This conduit is filthy, Chief. Don't you ever clean in here?
      Jadzia: All right, all right. Let's not badger the Chief.
      O'Brien: Thank you.
      Bashir: Sorry. It was very... small of me.

    • Bashir: With communications out, how do we get their attention?
      Jadzia: We could fly up to a window and knock.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Fritz Sperberg (Second Ixtana'Rax) also played the role of Ranek on the Voyager episode "Body And Soul".

    • Leland Crooke (Gelnon) also played the role of Vorta in the DS9 episode "Honor Among Thieves" and Firek Plinn on the Enterprise episode "Precious Cargo".

    • The stardate of this episode is 51474.2 and the turbolift panel the Rubicon "presses" to activate the lift, has a "47" right below the pad it hits. Writer Joe Menosky began including references to the number 47 in almost every episode of Star Trek since season four of The Next Generation. It is an in-joke, referring to The 47 Society at Pomona College in California, a college which Menosky attended.

    • According to a blurb in Star Trek: Communicator magazine, the idea of having a miniature ship "save the day" was proposed for several potential episode scripts. However, none of those stories sat right with the writers and producers until this episode's script was written.

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

    • Apparantly, the producers originally planned to develop the animosity between the Alpha and Gamma Quandrant Jem'Hadar further in subsequent episodes, but sadly this plot fell by the wayside.

    • The special effects in this episode were aided by the fact that the model normally used for the Runabout actually is about 4 inches long, but is usually seen against a similiarly scaled DS9 model.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Kira: Now, is it my imagination, or did the kid just cover for him?
      Sisko: This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
      Sisko's retort is likely an allusion to Humphrey Bogart's closing line in Casablanca: "Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

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