Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 6 Episode 10

The Magnificent Ferengi

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jan 01, 1998 on Syndicado
8.7
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Stardate: Unknown By orders of the Grand Negus Zek, Quark enlists the help of Rom, Nog, his cousin Gaila, a Ferengi assasin named Leck, and Brunt to attempt to rescue his mother, Ishka, from Dominion captivity by trading a captured Vorta at DS9's sister station, Empok Nor.moreless

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  • My gosh is halarious or what?

    9.5
    I don't really care for Star Trek but I saw this with a family member who loves it and I love this episode. I have to say of all the races in Star Trek the Ferengi race is my favorite because they're so funny. Each attempt to rescue (in practice) Moogie fails. So they decide to negotiate which works for the Vorta but their greed/weakness for lucre (latium) gets the better of them with their prisoner accidentally killed in the process ruining their prisoner exchange. By using old medical equipment they got their deceased prisoner to walk, take out the remaining Jem Hadar guards, and capture the other Vorta. Chalk full of funny moments and dialogue this sure is a memorable episode. A great comedy. I know Star Trek can be funny at times.moreless
  • Quark, Rom, Nog and 3 other Ferengi mount a rescue to save Moogie from the Dominion.

    10
    One of the most funniest episodes of Star Trek ever, is The Magnificent Ferengi. The entire episode is 6 Ferengi trying to mount a rescue to save Quark and Rom's mother from the Dominion. The amount of funny one-liners and funny, typical Ferengi behaviour on the count of Rom, Brunt and Cousin Gaila will have your sides splitting. The resulting plot revelation on the prisoner exchange is just hilarious, and excellent acting from Christopher Shea. Iggy Pop makes an awesome guest role as Yelgrun. This episode is one for the Ferengi lovers, with laughs from the very start to the very end.moreless
  • Among the best Ferengi episodes.

    8.5
    With the possible exception of "Little Green Men", this is the best Ferengi-centered episode of DS9's run. At this point, much like Klingon episodes late in TNG's run, the genre was descending into self-parody. But not here.



    This is an obvious echo of the Magnificent Seven and its template, Kurasawa's Seven Samurai. This version is played mostly for laughs - pretty much every Ferengi character except the Grand Nagus makes an appearance, including one bounty hunter who probably nods to the Ferengi TNG debut as bloodthirsty warlords. There's enough chemistry to make it a great deal of fun, especially when Keevan is accidentally killed and then reanimated. Iggy Pop's Vorta is a nice touch, though the guy clearly can't act.moreless
  • Quark, Rom, and Nog lead a group of Ferengi to get the captured Moogie back from the Dominion.

    8.0
    This episode highlights the Ferengi, and they rarely disappoint. Quark and company travel to the abandoned station Empok Nor to trade a Vorta captured by starfleet (from the episode Rocks and Shoals) for Moogie.

    Of course, the Ferengi aren't soldiers, and watching them deal with the Jem Hadar, the Vorta leader, and each other is definitely good comedy. The episode is another good DS9 character installment, but I thought it was a little too farfetched that the Vorta, who are supposed to be cunning and the leaders of the Jem Hadar, would be so stupid. At Quark's insistence, the Vorta agrees to send all but two of his soldiers back to Dominion space, leaving him with 2 to 1 disadvantage to make the prisoner trade. All this to get back another Vorta that, according to the episode, would be killed after being questioned about what he gave up to starfleet while a POW. After the trade, they would supposedly wait several days for his ship to come back to pick them up. Maybe I'm just nitpicking, but that kind of bothered me enough to find the episode less enjoyable.



    Anyway, watching the Ferengi (one of whom is played by Jeffrey Combs, who ironically also plays the Vorta leader Weyoun)made this a better than average character episode.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig

Dr. Julian Bashir

Cecily Adams

Cecily Adams

Ishka

Guest Star

Josh Pars

Josh Pars

Gaila

Guest Star

Christopher Shea

Christopher Shea

Keevan

Guest Star

Max Grodenchik

Max Grodenchik

Rom

Recurring Role

Aron Eisenberg

Aron Eisenberg

Nog

Recurring Role

Jeffrey Combs

Jeffrey Combs

Brunt

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Nitpick: Quark pays Gaila's "fine" and has him released from a Starfleet holding cell. Starfleet must have special dispensation or otherwise have to bend the rules of the Federation to be charging bail, since the Federation is not a currency/financial based system.

    • Nitpick: Since when has Quark been allowed to use station personnel to work in his bar, let alone haul crates of squill syrup to his storeroom? Especially Bajoran personnel - very out of character for Odo to sit around and let this go on.

    • Nitpick: For an abandoned station, it is in much different condition then in the episode "Empok Nor". The station now has enough power for lights and the biobeds that held the three Cardassian soldiers are gone from the Infirmary.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Keevan: (his last words) I hate Ferengi...

    • Quark: Everybody, meet Keevan.
      Rom: Hi! I'm Rom, and this is Nog, and this is Brunt, and...
      Quark: Rom, he doesn't care.
      Keevan: Truer words have never been spoken. I'd advise all to send final messages to your loved ones and make sure your wills are in order.
      Rom: Why?
      Keevan: Because the moment you leave the station, you have signed your death warrants. Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to take a nap.

    • Nog: ...and you shot Moogie!
      Leck: I saw we weren't going to rescue her, so I put her out of her out of her misery.

    • Gaila: Home... to the torrential rains of Ferenginar.
      Brunt: You know what I miss most? The rotting vegetation.
      Rom: And the dampness.
      Leck: Oh, to stand once more in those rivers of muck.
      Keevan: (sarcastic) I only wish I could be there with you.

    • Quark: There you are! I've been looking all over the station for you!
      Rom: Well, you found me! Now you go hide and I'll search for you!

    • Brunt: A child, a moron, a failure, and a psychopath - quite a little team you've put together.
      Quark: What do you want, Brunt?
      Brunt: I'm here to sign up!

    • Nog: You couldn't ambush a Bolian if it was blindfolded and tied to a tree!

    • Quark: Two slits of latinum to the first man who makes it to the Infirmary... I mean base camp.
      Nog: You don't pay your soldiers to do their duty!
      Quark: You do if they're Ferengi.

    • Quark: How much is this going to cost me?
      Nog: Don't worry - no charge.
      Quark: Starfleet has really corrupted you, hasn't it?!

    • Quark: The Vorta! Where is he?!
      Gaila: I don't know!
      Nog: What do you mean you don't know?!
      Brunt: You were guarding him!
      Gaila: He must have slipped away while I was sleeping!

    • Keevan: I couldn't get the impulse engines online.
      Quark: That's because I had Rom disengage the induction matrix.
      Keevan: Then why did you bother chasing me?
      Quark: Because sometimes my brother gets things wrong.

    • Ishka: Now let's see if you're a changeling! (starts hitting Nog on the head)
      Rom: That's no way to tell if he's a changeling!
      Ishka: You're right! Give me that knife!

    • Quark: Family - you understand.
      Yelgrun: Not really. I was cloned.

    • Nog: Well, there's no doubt about it. According to these readings, this man is dead.
      Quark: Thank you, Dr. Nog!

    • Ishka: You see, a diversified financial portfolio can mean greater profits and healthier-looking skin!
      Yelgrun: Fascinating. I'd love to hear more, but if your son doesn't show up soon, I'm afraid I'm going to have to kill you.

    • Leck: This is the sloppiest, most amateurish operation I've ever seen! If you ever do something like this again... count me in!

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Earlier Ferengi episodes referenced in this episode:
      "Business As Usual": This is where Quark goes into business with Gaila selling weapons, and ends up financially ruining Gaila in an attempt to ease his conscience and restore his reputation.
      "Ferengi Love Songs": There are numerous references to this episode:
      1. Quark tells Rom about how Ishka, Quark and Rom's mother, is both Grand Nagus Zek's lover and chief financial advisor.
      2. Brunt mentions how he was fired from the Ferengi Commerce Authority at least partially because of what Quark did during this episode to help his mother and Zek.
      3. Leck, the eliminator, makes his first appearance during this episode.
      "Sacrifice Of Angels": Not technically a Ferengi episode, but Kira mentions Quark helped rescue her from the Dominion, which occurred during this episode.

    • Spock's Brain
      The use of a neural stimulator remote control device to make Keevan's body walk and seem alive is identical to what McCoy did with Spock's brainless body in the Star Trek: TOS episode "Spock's Brain".

    • The Seven Samurai
      The plot of this episode is yet another story based on the movie The Seven Samurai and its Hollywood remake, The Magnificent Seven.

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