A runabout with Dax, Bashir and O'Brien enters a subspace phenomenon to explore it, whereby the ship shrinks to a size of just ten centimeters. When the Jem'Hadar overpower the crew of the Defiant and seize the vessel, the crew of the runabout are left to their own; they exit the anomaly on a path that leaves the runabout at the size of a miniature. Aboard the Defiant the runabout remains undetected. This turns out be an advantage against the Jem'Hadar. Having arrived on the bridge, Dax beams Bashir and O'Brien into the control console where they restore the command functions for Sisko. Sisko implants a virus into the Defiant's system. With the help of the little ship and narcotic gas the rightful crew gains the upper hand. After disabling the virus, Sisko floods the ship with poison gas, subduing the remaining Jem'Hadar. The Defiant is liberated thanks to their tiny crewmates, who are soon returned to the anomaly and their normal size.
Errors and Explanations
- Aaron Dotter on Saturday, December 05, 1998 - 6:30 pm: If the experiment was so important, why not have a fleet of ships keep watch for Dominion ships? Then everything would have gone fine. And there would be no plot. 1) There may not have been any more ships to spare. 2) Sending in a large fleet of ships would have alerted the Dominion to what Starfleet were doing. CdnTim 1656 EST 17Feb2021 - Short answer is that lots of things are important in a war, and you don't have a full fleet available for all of them. There's also a difference between "this research could be important in the war effort" and "the Federation will fall immediately without this research".
- Corey Hines on Sunday, December 06, 1998 - 1:00 pm: When Bashir and O'Brien were running out of air, why didn't Dax beam another pocket of air in? That would have increased the risk of her running out. CdnTim 1658 EST 17Feb2021 - Not sure of the physics, but might that have over-pressurized the chamber?
- Cableface on Wednesday, December 09, 1998 - 3:19 pm: The tiny runabout shoots at the jem'hadar,but it looks like it fires photon torpedoes. Wouldn't these do a lot more than just knock them over? Like, vapourise them? Chris Booton on Wednesday, December 09, 1998 - 9:57 pm: I agree that the runabouts torpedoes should have vapouized the Jem'hadar, I have always wondered that given the size of a photon torpedo (as seen on TNG and st VI) how a runabout could fit any more then a few in it? Seniram 11:48, October 24, 2017 (UTC) They were probably using micro torpedoes. CdnTim 1659 EST 17Feb2021 - Not remotely cannon, but my way of explaining why Star Trek weapons seem to have such low yields is to assume that shields are very effective against unfocussed energy, and future weapons are specialized in getting through them, ie. by focusing energy.