Quark: Season 1, Episode 1

May the Source Be with You (24 Feb. 1978)

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Panic is breaking loose at Perma One as The Head summons Palindrome, Quark, and other starship commanders to tell them that they will soon do battle with their arch enemies - the dreaded ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gene / Jean (as Timothy Thomerson)
Richard Kelton ...
Patricia Barnstable ...
Betty (as Tricia Barnstable)
The High Gorgon
Joe Burke ...
Gorgon Guard II
Gorgon Guard I
Rick Goldman ...
Worker One
Vern Rowe ...
Worker Two (as Vernon E. Rowe)
Paul Schumacher ...
Gorgon Man
Gorgon Woman


Panic is breaking loose at Perma One as The Head summons Palindrome, Quark, and other starship commanders to tell them that they will soon do battle with their arch enemies - the dreaded Gorgons. The Head orders Quark to seek out and destroy the Gorgon's doomsday ship down to Quark's last breath of life! Upon further orders from The Head, Palindrome gives Quark the United Galaxies greatest weapon - The Source; a weapon with great powers and the ability to wage a fight between good and evil! Together with The Source, Quark finds himself able to vanquish the Gorgons and save the United Galaxies for another day. When Quark returns to Perma One, The Head promotes him to commander of his own starship, but when Quark finds that he cannot take his loyal crew with him, he refuses the promotion only to find The Head elated to comply with Quark's dumb request. Written by H Pylypiw

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The High Gorgon refers to Andy as an android. Androids are robots with human appearance. As Andy does not have human appearance, it is merely a robot, not an android. See more »


Otto Palindrome: You're not questioning The Head, Quark?
Adam Quark: Of course not!
Otto Palindrome: The Head did not become The Head by luck you know.
Adam Quark: I know that.
Otto Palindrome: You may not realize it, but The Head always has something in mind no matter what he does. For you to question him...
Adam Quark: I'm not questioning, I'm not questioning. No, wait, yes! I am questioning, that's exactly what I'm doing. The Head is ordering me to my death.
Otto Palindrome: Quark, Quark! The Head has commanders pleading, begging for the chance to go on this mission.
Adam Quark: Then why doesn't he let ...
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Spoofs Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Sidesplitting episode
22 August 2011 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Adam Quark (a deliciously dry Richard Benjamin) and his crew battle a race of evil aliens led by the ruthless High Gorgon (veteran bad guy thesp Henry Silva gleefully sending up his villainous persona). Quark is assisted on this desperate mission by an ancient power known as the Source (robustly voiced with impish verve by Hans Conried), who's a little rusty after spending two hundred years confined in a box. Director Hy Averback, working from a clever and inspired script by Sreve Zacharias, relates the amusing story at a snappy pace, pokes merry fun at "Star Wars," and maintains an appropriately tongue-in-cheek tone throughout. The cast have a field day with the wacky material: Tim Thomerson is in hilarious full-blown rough'n'tumble hyper-masculine form as Gene/Jean, who's overjoyed at the opportunity to kick some serious Gorgon butt; Tricia and Cyb Barnstable are sexy delights as endearingly vapid clones Betty I and Betty II, Conrad Janis frets up a storm as Quark's smarmy worrywart superior Palindrome, Alan Caillou cuts a suitably commanding figure as the formidable the Head, and Bobby Porter gets a majority of the biggest laughs with his craven antics as cowardly rustbucket robot Andy. The lively banter between the characters really keeps things buzzing (the heated exchanges between Quark and the Source in particular are simply priceless). Moreover, this episode is notable for introducing Richard Kelton as coldly logical and unemotional Spock-like humanoid plant science officer Ficus. A complete hoot.

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