This episode is wrong on many levels. First of all, it basically ignores other SPSS lines, and then it is a lousy remake of a much better episode called Starship mine.
The probleem is that the Ferengi was introduced as a new race in the Next generation in the episode the last outpost, where Data recites that the are known to be paralel to the \'yankee traders\' of old. This episode throws all that in the wind. there were a few other options to get a similar storyline,however, to use the Ferengi here was just plain wrong. The episode is below par on several levels. The dialoges, the overall shooting. all this just airs the thought \"e are running out of idea\'s\" And at the end of seasn ONE that is not a good approach to have.