Star trek: Deep Space Nine 5.10b - Ferengi love songs
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Episode propagandaDepressed over his lot in life - especially being black-listed by the Ferengi Commerce Authority - Quark (Armin Shimerman) goes to his homeworld of Ferenginar for some comfort from his mother, Ishka (Cecily Adams). The free-thinking Ishka is sympathetic, but clearly uneasy over his declaration that he will be living with her for an unspecified period of time. Quark soon learns the reason behind her uncertainty. when he enters his old bedroom, he finds Grand Nagus Zek (Wallace Shawn) - the Ferengi leader - hiding in the closet! It turns out that Ishka and Zek are in love.
Persons of interest
- Avery Brooks .... Commander Benjamin Lafayette Sisko
- René Auberjonois .... Constable Odo, Director
- Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
- Terry Farrell .... Lieutenant Jadzia Dax
- Cirroc Lofton .... Jake Sisko
- Colm Meaney .... Chief O'Brien
- Armin Shimerman .... Quark
- Alexander Siddig .... Doctor Julian Bashir
- Nana Visitor .... Major Kira Nerys
- Majel Barrett .... Starfleet computer voice
- Cecily Adams .... Ishka
- Wallace Shawn .... Grand Nagus Zek
- Max Grodénchik .... Rom
- Chase Masterson .... Leeta
- Tiny Ron .... Maihar'du
- Hamilton Camp .... Leck
- Jeffrey Combs .... Brunt
- Ira Steven Behr .... Screenwriter
- Hans Beimler .... Screenwriter
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
Intelligence reportComic relief.
The writers of Star trek have annoyed me by making an entire species the butt of everyone's jokes. The Ferengi are an advanced culture of space-faring, warp-capable individuals. Whenever they are seen on Trek they are reduced to a pack of silly capitalists (sorry for the tautology) with fewer brain cells that an Andorian amoeba.
While humour always requires a victim, it is offensive in the extreme to make a species that victim. It's like Jewish, Irish or nigger jokes. Ha, ha, ha. Not.
That said, everyone performs brilliantly, the Ferengi culture is expounded at the same time as it is being ridiculed and some life changes happen to minor characters. It's an interesting enough story if you don't mind the speciesism.
Security censorship classificationPG (Low level violence, adult references)
Not for public release in Australia before date