Quotes / Insufficiently Advanced Alien

How can one made OF electricity know so little ABOUT electricity?

I dunno. Is asking the alien who just lawn-darted a starship for technical help unwise?
Vexxarr himself

How advanced is an alien race that can't handle a little water balloon? I don't even feel good about winning this fight.
Dib, Invader Zim

You have intergalactic starships, but you don't have Goddamned pants? How does a civilization's evolution just skip over that part?

Bart: Hey! That's just Pong. Get with the times man.
Homer: Marge and I played that old game before we were married.
Kang: Well, we did build this spaceship, you know.
Kodos: Anyone from a species that has mastered intergalactic travel raise your hand.
The Simpsons, "Treehouse of Horror"

Ruth: "I asked if you thought it was odd that the aliens were so... backwards, I think. No plasma guns or force fields, only assault rifles and tanks."
Naomi: "Yeah, it is weird. You'd expect them to be superior to us. But you know what? I like the little fuckers better the way they are. We have enough of them already."
Naomi Cohen and Ruth Meyer, former IDF conscripts fighting in Brazil while discussing the technology gap between Humans and The Race invaders in Worldwar: War of Equals.

"They're not impressing me with their intelligence. In science fiction, the usual assumption is aliens are just monsters or else way more advanced. There's not a whole lot of invading aliens that are just kind of stupid..."
Gordon Freeman, Freeman's Mind

"I'd say the aliens are as advanced as they are backwards, but that's a gross simplification. It's more like they're a mess of a society that's managed to stumble upon a couple of advanced technologies. [...] Okay, nothing here but our stuff. See, this is what I mean. All of our weaponry that's been teleported here is just lying around like it's garbage. If the aliens had our intelligence, they would be hoarding this stuff and studying the hell out of it. Our weapons are obviously better than theirs. Christ, some of our scientists were studying the aliens at Black Mesa while it was under attack! That's how ahead of them we are. And yet they have forcefields, manufacture their own soldiers and use teleporters like they're bus stops. I don't get it."
Gordon Freeman again, Freeman's Mind
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