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Star trek: Deep Space Nine 6.05b - The magnificent Ferengi

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Motivated by concern for his family and a hefty profit margin, Quark (Armin Shimerman) accepts a dangerous mission to rescue his mother, Ishka (Cecily Adams), from the clutches of the Dominion. With an unlikely collection of Ferengi, he prepares to combat the Jem'Hadar on the deserted space station Empok Nor...

Persons of interest

  • Avery Brooks .... Commander Benjamin Lafayette Sisko
  • René Auberjonois .... Constable Odo
  • 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
  • Max Grodénchik .... Rom
  • Aron Eisenberg .... Cadet Nog
  • Josh Pais .... Gaila
  • Hamilton Camp .... Leck
  • Cecily Adams .... Ishka
  • Jeffrey Combs .... Brunt
  • Christopher Shea .... Keevan
  • Chase Masterson .... Leeta
  • Iggy pop .... Yelgrun
  • Ira Steven Behr .... Screenwriter
  • Hans Beimler .... Screenwriter
  • Chip Chalmers .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • See also Empok Nor
  • FYI: The title is taken from that classic Western film, The magnificent seven, in which seven gunfighters are hired to defend a Mexican village, which is based on the Japanese classic The seven samurai
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You'd think that any episode with this sort of plotline would end up being a little bit silly, and you'd be right, but it's still an enjoyable watch.

Naturally the Ferengi are objects of amusement to enlightened Federations and their culture is almost unacceptably primitive in its capitalistic bias, but they are a warp culture with a burgeoning Empire, so you have to give them some credit, correct? (I am aware that contravenes the Rules of Acquisition.) At least can you can think of them as a rat analogue, scurrying about the place, skulking in corners, loathed by everyone but somehow managing to infiltrate every aspect of society.

Reuniting almost every Ferengi you've ever met on DS9 is a cool idea, particularly given the changes of status that have occurred (you'll see what I mean). If you don't take this episode too seriously, you'll be pleasantly surprised, and we do learn a few more things about the Dominion, which is always good. And I like the Vorta - they're such quasi-Vulcan bastards. Perhaps it's the ears.

So sit back and relax, and remember that there's at least another 18 months of DS9 before they can possibly pull the plug, if they ever do...

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental and retail: 25 June 1998

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