Quark and Rom take Nog to Earth and Starfleet Academy, but a malfunction with the ship takes the crew back in time, to Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.



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Gen. Rex Denning
Jeff Carlson
Captain James Wainwright (as James G. MacDonald)


Nog is about to leave for the Academy and Quark spots a perfect opportunity. He has just received a shuttle from his cousin Gaila, that was promised him ten years ago. He doesn't trust it and asks Rom to, but he can find nothing out of order. Quark and Rom decide to take Nog to the Academy with it. Not because Quark approves or wants to do the boy a favor, he wants to take contraband along: kemacite. When they arrive at Earth, they find out Gaila intention's weren't so good after all. He sabotaged the ship, they can't get out of warp and eventually it will tear to pieces. Rom can think of only one thing: start a cascade reaction in the kemacite, create an inversion wave in the warp core, then crash land on Earth and hope for the best. When they wake up, they are locked up in a room. Earth seems to have changed a bit. It's 1947... Roswell, New Mexico. The three "aliens" are then taken by the local authorities who are both fascinated and fearful of these extraterrestials, and Quark must... Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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13 November 1995 (USA)  »

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The producers requested a "Megan Gallagher type" for the role of Nurse Garland. Upon hearing about this, her agent contacted them and said that Gallagher might be able to do it herself. She was then offered the role. See more »


The first US nuclear weapons test at the Nevada Test Site did not occur until 27 January 1951, three and a half years after the Roswell Incident. In fact, the US did not conduct any nuclear tests in 1947. See more »


[first lines]
Rom: All right everyone, gather around. We're about to start.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Past Tense: Part 2 (1995) See more »


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A terrific Ferengi episode...and filled with laughs.
28 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I really appreciate the Ferengi episodes on "Star Trek: Deep Space 9". All too often the show was deadly serious or stuck aboard the station--and so the Ferengi shows were a welcome addition. And, of all the Ferengi shows, I think "Little Green Men" might just be the best.

Nog is ready to go to Earth in order to go to Starfleet Academy. However, instead of just sending him on a transport, Quark volunteers to take him in his new space craft. Is this some sort of big-hearted gesture on Quark's part? Nah...he just wants to use this as an opportunity to do some good old fashioned smuggling! However, the plan goes awry when the ship turns out to be booby-trapped and the only reason they aren't killed is due to Rom's quick thinking. However, while the ship DOES make it back to Earth, it's Earth circa 1947! And, it just so happens to be at Roswell!! Yep...these Ferengi are the mythical 'little green men' that supposedly were taken into military custody back in the day!

This show is jam-packed full of laughs from start to finish. It also FINALLY explained how everyone knows what the others are saying, as the folks in the future apparently have universal translators installed in their ears. Well worth seeing and among the very best of the series. Don't miss this one!

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