Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 5 Episode 3

Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 14, 1996 on Syndicado

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  • Nice sequel to "The House of Quark"

    With a title based on an old Johnny Lee song (because, I assume, the Shakespearean random title generator was unavailable) this lighthearted Quark/Worf episode serves as a sequel to third season's "The House of Quark" - bringing back Mary Kay Adams as Quark's ex-wife Grilka for Star Trek's version of the 1897 play, Cyrano de Bergerac. (Dax thoughtfully catches viewers up to speed on the prequel, and explains that "par'Mach" is the Klingon word for love, with "aggressive overtones") It's really just a low-budget filler episode, but it benefits from having a gorgeous Klingon set left over from "Apocalypse Rising" and rich character interplay, including a B story with O'Brien and Kira trying to avoid a relationship. (It's fun to see them trying to respect boundaries, with Keiko naively unaware of what's going on, only to see the "relationship" accidently move forward). It's the perfect opportunity for Andrew J. Robinson (Garak) to make his Star Trek directorial debut, as it plays to his strengths as an award winning stage director.

    "Looking for par'Mach" is also a notable episode for fans of Star Trek history. It not only brings back Joseph Ruskin (Galt in the original series episode "The Gamesters of Triskelion") as Tumek , but it also includes Phil Morris. After appearing as a child in original series episode "Miri" and playing a cadet in Star Trek III (asking Admiral Kirk if there will be a ceremony when the Enterprise returns to earth,) Morris finally gets a credited part as Quark's Klingon adversary, Thopok.

  • What Happened?!

    I really liked this episode but I must take issue with the whole nonsense of Worf still being dishonored! In Redemption the Leader of the Klingon High Council GAVE BACK WORF HIS FAMILY HONOR! So he is not cursed! I guess the writers of Deep Space Nine didn't pay close attention to that episode.
  • Horrible!

    This episode is NOT worth your time! It is probably the WORST episode in any of the first 5 seasons (though it is vital in the character developement). The plot is so... stupid. It starts out with Grilka (you know, the Klingon woman Quark was forced to marry in "The House of Quark", season 2 I think it was) comeing aboard Deep Space Nine. Worf is instantly smitten, but after a failed attempt to be with her, he gives up and helps Quark win her heart. Why he does this, I do not know. Meanwhile, O'Brien and Kira are afraid that they are falling in love with one another (a stupid, yet kind of funny sub-plot). In the end, Dax confesses her love for Worf that seemingly comes out of nowhere (though it was slightly hinted at in a few previous episodes), and Quark and Grilka fall in love with one another, and then she is never seen in any other episode. She just vanishes after doing something that, if Quark were a Klingon, would mean she would have to marry him.

    If you've never seen this episode before, then all you need to know about it without wasting your time to see it is this: Worf and Dax fall in love. The only reason I gave it a 2.8 instead of like a 1 is because of the sub-plot with O'Brien and Kira.
  • Entertaining filler - in some ways the Nerys-Miles story is the better one.

    Like many sequels, this followup to "The House of Quark" does not match the humor of the original. Yeah, there are some laughs and it's not a bad story, but the novelty of a Klingon-Ferengi relationship (as well as its plausibility) is much more strained this time around. Of course, the sudden romance between Jadzia and Worf, in the making since the middle of season 4, was probably the most interesting development the latter character experienced since season 5 of TNG.

    In some ways, it's the counterpart relationship - that between Miles and Major Kira - that rings more true, and . Some people have suggested that it's out of character for Miles to consider cheating on his wife, but I think it just showcases the very real humanity of characters on this show.
  • Cyrano de Bergerac a la Klingon ...

    This is really a fun episode - Worf, in love with Quark's ex-wife, but not allowed to press his suit by Klingon custom (he is dishonoured), helps Quark to win her, ahem, heart. It's an amusing tale of the Cyrano story, with Worf getting the right girl in the end.