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DS9 1-11

DS9 1x11
"The Nagus"

Original airdate: 3/21/1993
Rewatch date: 6/4/2013


Quark is named the new leader of the Ferengi people. Meanwhile, Sisko confronts Jake about his friendship with Nog.

Spoiler-free notes:

I love Wallace Shawn ("Inconceivable!") as Grand Nagus Zek. He's perfect in this role.

The Godfather parody is priceless.

The writers struck gold with this episode and created something that couldn't have existed in the boundaries of TOS or TNG. By deciding to dive headfirst into Ferengi culture, they managed to be funny, interesting, and even a little poignant. TNG could never quite figure out what to do with the Ferengi, but in Quark, they have found a muse to guide them, and in the relationship between Nog and Jake, they have found a way to insert some good old fashioned Star Trek values. This is, first and foremost, entertainment, but the B story, in which Sisko tries to figure out how to deal with his son's friendship with the young Ferengi, manages to have some heart, especially with the reveal that Jake is secretly tutoring Nog behind their fathers' backs. Good stuff.



Spoiler section:

The "fire caverns" Sisko mentions, though they are referred to as the "fire caves" from this point on, are an important location throughout DS9, and the setting for the final confrontation between Sisko and Dukat in "What You Leave Behind."

This is the first of many Ferengi-centric episodes, and I unashamedly love almost all of them.





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