The Wadi from the Gamma Quadrant are to make first contact and decide to visit DS9. When they catch Quark cheating they let him off by playing a special game.



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Deep Space Nine is expecting a visit from a species from the Gamma Quadrant, the Wadi, to make official first contact. Commander Sisko and other high ranking officers put on their special uniforms, but the Wadi don't seem to be interested in speaking with them. They have heard from the Vulcans Quark is hosting games and want to be taken there immediately. Quark is very pleased when he sees their precious gems to be at stake on the dabo tables, but not for long. The Wadi keep winning and winning and Quark sees no other solution than cheating. The Wadi find out however and force him to play one of their own games, chula. Quark has to move four pawns along 'shaps' and is promised a lot of gems if he succeeds. Suddenly Sisko, Kira, Dax and Bashir find themselves off the station in a puzzle labyrinth. Odo tries to find them. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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14 March 1993 (USA)  »

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[Commander Sisko is introducing his senior staff to the Wadi]
Falow: [uninterested] Yes... yes... yes, now - where are the games?
Commander Sisko: Games?
Falow: We were told you had games... 'Quark's'. Take us to 'Quark's'.
[Sisko looks at the others, dumbfounded]
Major Kira: [motioning] Right this way.
[she leads the Wadi away]
Commander Sisko: First contact is not what it used to be.
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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10 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Avery Brooks didn't apparently like this episode according to IMDb and after seeing the show, I can certainly understand why. It's simply a bad that is inexplicably stupid.

The Wadi are a race of folks who just came from the Gamma Quadrant. Oddly, instead of initiating normal diplomatic or first contact behaviors, these weirdos are solely interested in going to Quark's place and gambling. At first, Quark thinks they are a bunch of easy marks but soon they turn out to be gambling savants. So far, so good. However, when they show Quark one of their games, the command staff disappear and find themselves in some sort of live action game much like a platformer game.

None of the show makes any sense...none. And, after kidnapping the crew and scaring the crap out of them, the Wadi just leave and the episode ends. Huh?! Poorly written...and in a way that might just make you cringe.

UPDATE: By the way, it isn't just me who hated this episode. At the 50th anniversary Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, this was voted as one of the 10 worst of all episodes from every Trek franchise! That is some ignoble designation!

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