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Recap: Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 06 E 14 One Little Ship
The Defiant is on scene to investigate a Negative Space Wedgie which causes objects and organisms to shrink to a fraction of their normal size. Dax, Bashir, and O'Brien are sent aboard the runabout USS Rubicon, but they are cut off from the Defiant when the ship's tractor beam mysteriously cuts out an they loose and the now miniscule runabout is left on its own to figure out what happened.

Meanwhile, Defiant, has been disabled and commandeered by a strike team of Jem'Hadar soldiers, and the crew must struggle to take back control of the ship, or destroy it before it can be delivered into the hands of the Dominion.

Tropes

  • The Air Not There: Averted. O'Brien suggests beaming out of the shrunken runabout to readjust the Defiant's computer controls, but Bashir tells hims he would suffocate, as his lungs couldn't process the normal-sized air molecules outside. Apparently the air molecules inside the runabout have shrunk with it, though, as they are still able to breath there. So they use the air from the runabout to breathe outside it.
  • Audience Surrogate: Kira laughing her nose-wrinkles off at the start of the episode. It was Ron Moore's way of saying "Don't take this premise too seriously."
  • Badass on Paper: The Alphas have been engineered to be superior combatants in their environment than their counterparts hatched in the Gamma Quadrant. They have been designed specifically to fight and win against the Dominion's Alpha Quadrant enemies. They are also the reason that the crew won the day.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Sort of. Jadzia gets to fly a very tiny runabout through the ducts of the Defiant, while Bashir and O'Brien reconfigure a computer from the inside.
  • Genre Savvy: The Second has been around long enough to know every trick in the book. Unluckily for him (But lucky for the Defiant crew) he's the ignored underling for a First more Genre Blind than a Stormtrooper.
  • Interservice Rivalry: There is tension between the arrogant Jem'Hadar engineered to be better warriors in the Alpha Quadrant, who have been given command of the strike force, and the veteran 'Gammas.' Sisko, of course, plays them against each other.
  • Laugh Themselves Sick: Major Kira tries valiantly not to laugh at the idea of shrinking three people "to the size of coffee cups," but is quickly overwhelmed by the absurdity; Sisko joins in, but manages to keep his dignity.
  • No Sense of Humor: Quark is amazed that Odo joins him in teasing Bashir and O'Brien, and invokes this trope almost verbatim.
  • Not Quite Back to Normal: Related to the above trope. At the end of the episode, Odo tells Bashir and O'Brien that they seem to be a few centimeters shorter than before, which Quark agrees with, causing them to run to the infirmary. Afterwards, Odo and Quark step down from the half-ledge they were on.
  • Old Soldier: The Gamma Number Two. Not that the new Alpha leader cares to listen to his advice.
  • Painful Rhymeinvoked: Worf's poem is full of them, if the opening couplet is anything to go by:
    Worf: This is the story of a little ship, that took a little trip.
  • Warrior Poetry: A Klingon tradition. Who knew?


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