Buck Henry at one time knew how to write good TV comedy. for instance he really shined in the early years of GET SMART, and even had some magic left in the ill-fated superhero spoof CAPTAIN NICE.
But by 1978, he had become as tired and predictible as a Carol Burnett Show skit. Lead Richard Benjamin is as unlikable an actor as he ever was. He seems to think an unemotional, sleepy-eyed contempt for everyone and everything at all times is a laugh riot. He seems to be trying to say, "look, I'm really cool and I'm above this junk I'm in". When Don Adams played Maxwell Smart, he was a professional comedian/actor playing an overconfident character who never realized how incompetant or stupid he was. Benjamin seems to be that character in real life, playing the part of a professional comedian. Others are similarly unenchanted with what they're doing. Nobody rises above the star power of Conrad Janis, the annoying father on "MORK AND MINDY". The biggest failure is in the production, the dopey lines are ruined by slow pacing. You can make even the worst gags funny if only they were delivered in a fast back-and-forth style as seen in GET SMART. The look of QUARK is that underlit, cheap grade film that one found on live-action Saturday morning junk and porno flicks in the 70's.