Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 3, Episode 16

Prophet Motive (20 Feb. 1995)

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Grand Nagus Zek is acting bizarre by giving away money and rewriting the Rules of Acquisition. Quark attempts to get the old Nagus back.



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Episode cast overview:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Medical Big Shot


Quark and Rom get a visit from a rather strange acting Grand Nagus Zek. He shows them a book with the rewritten Rules of Acquisition to include rules like 'If they want their money back, give it to them' and 'Latinum tarnishes, but family is forever' isn't concerned anymore about profit and devotes his life to charity. Quark is worried and tries to find out what is wrong with the Grand Nagus, especially since he suspects Zek will be thrown of the Tower of Commerce and he and Rom with him when he presents the new rules. Meanwhile Bashir is nominated for the prestigious medical Carrington Award. Bashir thinks he's too young to be a serious contender and tries not to pay too much attention to it. To his dismay the subject is constantly brought up however. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Profit and the Prophets
27 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When the Grand Negus arrives Quark thinks the worst aspect of the visit is that he must give up his room for the Negus and stay with Rom. He soon discovers that something much worse is happening; the Negus has rewritten the Rules of Acquisition and Quark does not approve of the changes at all; they seem to turn Ferengi ideals on their head suggesting that profit isn't everything and even advocates charity. The Negus tells Quark that he is planning to give a gift the the Bajoran people but refuses to tell Quark what it is. Not taking no for an answer Quark goes onto the Negus's shuttle and discovers an Orb of the Prophets. This leads him to believe that they are the cause of the strange changes in the Negus's personality so he must find away for them to restore him before anybody else learns of the new rules and Ferengi society is ruined. In a secondary plot Julian is surprised to find himself nominated for a prestigious medical award, he gets somewhat fed up of everybody asking him which of the favourites he thinks will win... he is not one of the favourites.

While I think Quark is a great character the Ferengi led episodes tend to weaker and this one was no exception, the Negus was never a particularly good character. It didn't help that the secondary story wasn't too exciting either; this wasn't bad but it was not up to the standard Deep Space Nine usually reaches.

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