Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 2, Episode 11

Rivals (2 Jan. 1994)

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Quark meets his match when a new rival opens a casino opposite Quark's Bar on the Promenade; meanwhile the station is suffering issues of high improbability.

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Martus, an El-Aurian, tries to con a lady but gets arrested by Odo for conning a couple earlier. In his cell he meet Cos, a dying alien with a strange gambling device. Cos tells he had a string of bad luck. After Cos dies, he takes the device. Shortly after he hears the couple decided not to press charges and is released. He tries to sell the thing to Quark, but he is not overly interested. Feeling very lucky decides to become Quark's rival and opens another casino on the Promenade. Meanwhile O'Brien has constructed a racquetball court to get some physical exercise. He finds out Dr. Bashir plays it too. He even was captain of the team of his medical school. O'Brien is no match for Bashir, much to his frustration. He keeps challenging Bashir. Bashir fears for O'Briens health and tries to stop playing. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Originally, there were three designs for the probability machine; the handheld device (which was initially designed larger than its appearance in the final episode), the larger device created by Martus, and a four-person gambling orb for the casino. Ultimately, only the first two designs (with some elements from the third) were incorporated into the final production. See more »

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[Quark has offered to bail Martus out of prison]
Martus Mazur: In return for what?
Quark: Nothing. Pure generosity.
Odo: [scoffing] Ha!
Martus Mazur: You're enjoying this, aren't you?
Quark: Oooh - taken in by one of your own victims, and no one to turn to but me? Ha-ha-ha-ha! I can't remember when I've been so entertained!
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Meh...
18 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Rivals" is an okay episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" and nothing more. It begins with a conman, Martus (Chris Sarandon) getting arrested by Constable Odo. While incarcerated for fraud, he meets an odd alien with a hand-held gaming device. The guy unexpectedly dies and Martus uses it to construct larger gaming devices--and he opens a bar across from Quark's. Soon Martus seems to have the midas touch.

At the same time, Dr. Bashir and Chief O'Brien begin playing some futuristic version of racquetball. O'Brien is totally outclassed and playing him isn't fun because O'Brien is so hyper-competitive. So how does this plot intersect with the plot involving Martus? And, more importantly, does anyone really care? I sure know I didn't particularly care for this one. Very skippable.


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