Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 5, Episode 18

Business as Usual (7 Apr. 1997)

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Quark must wrestle with his conscience when he becomes involved with arms merchants.


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Quark grows a Conscience... eventually
13 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Quark is down to his last strip of Latinum and has no chance of paying off his debts so when his cousin arrives with a business opportunity he accepts even though in the past he has drawn the line at getting involved with the arms trade. Having access to top of the have holosuites means he doesn't need to bring any actual weapons on to DS9 and thus avoid breaking Federation law. Business is brisk and Quark's debts are being paid off but he learns that his boss Hagath is not to be crossed when somebody who displeased him has a fatal 'accident'. Quark may do almost anything for Latinum but when a new client wishes to buy a biological weapon to kill twenty eight million people his conscience gets the better of him and he arranges for the client and his enemy to meet hoping that they will kill each other or at least cause enough trouble for those present to get arrested. In a secondary story Chief O'Brien is finding it impossible to get his new son to stop crying when he is put down for more than a second so is forced to take him everywhere he goes.

This was a good episode, Armin Shimerman was great as Quark and Steven Berkoff is suitably villainous as Hagath. It was good to see Quark's attitude to his new business change as he realised what the consequences would be. The secondary story was okay and inserted some humour to the episode but wasn't particularly memorable.

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