Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 1 Episode 7


Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Feb 07, 1993 on Syndicado
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Stardate: 46531.2
Q arrives on DS9 fresh from exploring the Gamma Quadrant with Vash. Soon afterwards, power fluctuations grip the station.

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  • Q Less is a bit clueless

    With any spinoff series there's a temptation to bring in characters the audience already knows, both because they require less exposition and because they can bring attention and ratings to the new series. Unfortunately, this sort of crossover isn't without its hazards: when the guest stars are used in a way where they overstep their supporting roles and become more central to the story than the regulars, there's a problem -- especially for a series that is still attempting to establish its own characters.

    The DS9 pilot serves as a blueprint for how to avoid this trap. "Q-Less", on the other hand, is exhibit A for how to fall right into it. Vash brings a MacGuffin to the station, and Q chases her around while the DS9 regulars step into background roles.

    As a Vash episode, it's alright. Jennifer Hetrick knows the character and is a dependable actress, though she's given nothing all that interesting to do here (the episode doesn't have much story to it.) As a Q episode, it's not so good: as John de Lancie himself once said, "Q is best used when he deals with large philosophical issues. And skirt-chasing just isn't one of them."

    As a Deep Space Nine episode, it's watchable, moving at a nice clip, but ultimately unfulfilling which is probably why Vash and Q would never appear on the show again. (So long, Vash. enjoy the Tylenol commercials!)moreless
  • Reminiscent of the TNG 1st season episode, "Hide and Q". A popular TNG character appears in order to jack up ratings for the spinoff.

    The writers really mailed this one in. Figuring that since both John DeLancie and Jennifer Hetrick were making guest appearances, they didn't actually bother writing a good story. This means we get the weakest Q episode since "Hide and Q" - and ironically, it comes only a few weeks before the very best ("Tapestry").

    All of Q's characteristics are completely overplayed here - the snickering jokes about humanity and his human companion, the non-stop references to TNG. Vash displays some of her charisma, but also shows that without Picard as a foil she's a rather uninteresting character.

    Feel free to skip this one.moreless
  • Fun, quirky characterisation - naff plot. A mixed bag.

    The seemingly endless plethora of TNG characters appearing in DS9's first season continues, with this rather odd episode, in which Vash arrives on DS9 determined to sell some artefacts, with the mischievous Q in close tow.

    Whilst Jennifer Hetrick is charismatic and entertaining as Vash and the ever-excellent John de Lancie is always watchable as Q, the 'plot' is brittle thin and ultimately wholly vacuous.

    There are some nicely humorous moments (mainly involving Quark and Vash) and Wolfe's script has a certain acerbic wit, but there's just too little substance to bind the whole thing together.

    It's wafer-thin and far too insubstantial to be satisfying.moreless
  • When Q's girlfriend and archaeological arch rival of Jean-Luc Picard shows up on DS-9, not everything is as it seems...

    When Vash, love interest of both Q and Jean-Luc Picard shows up on Deep Space 9, Q follows. Of course, when strange things begin to happen Q seems the obvious culprit - but is he really?

    Like a lot of early DS9 episodes, this show did not focus upon any of the heavy themes that make Star Trek great and was obviously thrown into the mix to help link the new series with the established Next Generation. The fact that producers chose to do this without relying upon another visit by the Enterprise or one of her crew was a master stroke that helped to seperate the spin off from its sibling while at the same time helped to make DS9 a legitimate part of the Star Trek universe.

    The result was a good show that managed to shine a little of the Next Generation's glory DS9's way. At this point in DS9's run it was not an established hit and it needed all the help it could get. Overall this far from the worst show in the first season and is one I would watch in re-runs.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

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

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig

Dr. Julian Bashir

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

    • Nitpick: Major Kira refers to tritium as being "highly toxic". Tritium is just an isotope of hydrogen, just as combustible, but non-radioactive and no more toxic than ordinary hydrogen.

  • 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.
      : 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.

    • O'Brien: Vash and Captain Picard were friends. Close friends, if you follow my meaning. Seems they met on Risa a few years back. I figure she must be a special woman, being friends with the captain and all.
      Sisko: Somehow she doesn't seem to be his type.
      O'Brien: The captain likes a good challenge, sir.

    • Q: (Vash and Quark are holding an auction to sell her Gamma Quadrant merchandise) I hate to interrupt such a thrilling display of naked avarice, but I feel it's only fair to warn you that the station is hurtling toward its doom. It's very unlikely any of you will survive to enjoy your purchases. (Q pauses as crowd reacts) Just thought I'd mention it.

    • O'Brien: (to Q) Why don't you do something constructive for a change? Like torment the Cardassians.
      Q: Do I know you?
      O'Brien: O'Brien, from the Enterprise.
      Q: The Enterprise? Ah yes, weren't you one of the little people?

    • Odo: I'll never understand this obsession with accumulating material wealth. You spend your entire life plotting and scheming to acquire more and more possessions until your living areas are bursting with useless junk. Then you die. Your relatives sell everything and start the cycle all over again.

    • Vash: And they weren't exactly thrilled to see you on Brax either. What did they call you, 'the god of lies'?
      Q: They meant it affectionately.

    • Q: Quite a motley crew you've assembled here, Benjy!

    • Vash: (the doorbell rings) Come in!
      Quark: I...
      Q: Go away! (he flicks Quark away)
      Vash: Q, bring him back!
      Q: What business could you possibly have with that disgusting little troll?!

    • Q: All right, fine. What is it you really want?
      Vash: I want the life I had before I met you.
      Q: And what a stellar life indeed! The eminent Vash - barred from the Royal Museum of Epsilon Hydra VII. Persona non grata on Betazed. Wanted dead on Myrmidon for stealing the Crown of the First Mother.
      Vash: Dead or alive!
      Q: Preferably dead!

    • Vash: You are arrogant, you're overbearing and you think you know everything.
      Q: But, I do know everything.
      Vash: That only makes it worse.

    • Q: Really Vash, I can't believe you're stil pining for Jean-Luc - that self-righteous do-gooder!

    • Q: Picard and his lackeys would've solved all this technobabble hours ago.

    • Q: (after Sisko decks Q in a fisticuffs contest) You hit me! Picard never hit me.
      Sisko: I'm not Picard.
      Q: Indeed not. You're much easier to provoke. How fortunate for me.

  • NOTES (5)


    • 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.