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DS9 4-16

DS9 4x16
"Bar Association"

Original airdate: 2/19/1996
Rewatch date: 3/4/2014


After Quark gives all his employees a drastic pay cut, Rom leads the charge to form a union and strike.

Spoiler-free notes:

More flirting between Worf and Dax.

The scene where Rom admits to giving oo-max to himself is awkward and gross.

The tooth sharpener stolen from Worf's quarters is the same one he bought from Nog in "Little Green Men."

I really enjoy the scene where Odo goes through a couple of the Enterprise's security breaches under Worf.

Rom's really good at remembering Quark's every word and finding the perfect time to throw those words back at him.

Nausicaans throwing darts into each other is really funny.

I have a hard time believing Brunt would just leave and drop the matter. Maybe Quark gave him a hefty bribe or something.

The B-story feels similar to earlier Worf B-stories that deal with him finding a way to fit in with his new surroundings, but it finally reaches Worf's limit, almost promising that this is the last story we'll see that treats Worf as a newcomer.

The subjects of labor disputes and collective bargaining couldn't really have been handled in Star Trek in a meaningful way prior to this episode. On one hand, I wanted to hate it because it almost feels like a "union politics for dummies" course, complete with quotes from The Communist Manifesto and a cartoonish portrayal of both sides of the equation. On the other hand, it's hard to deny that it's a clever premise that deals with Ferengi culture, Rom's continuing efforts to stand up to his brother, and social politics that Trek has never dealt with before. It's also really fun. One of the most amusing things about it, though, is knowing that Armin Shimerman, the actor who plays Quark, sat on the the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild while filming.





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