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"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" Rivals (TV Episode 1994) Poster

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(1994)

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Michael Piller conceived Martus Mazur to be the wayward son of Guinan. Guinan herself was to appear in the episode but Whoopi Goldberg was unavailable. All the references to Guinan were removed and only Martus's status as an El-Aurian was retained.
The racquetball court was built on the holosuite set. Due to the cost of putting up and taking down the set, it was decided not to re-use the sport.
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Referenced Rules of Acquisition: #47 ("Never trust a man wearing a better suit than your own") and #109 ("Dignity and an empty sack is worth the sack").
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Oddly, Club Martus appears to be located where the Bajoran temple normally is on the Promenade. The front of the temple had been converted to be a storefront seen in DS9: "Sanctuary". The temple was not restored until three episodes later in "Whispers".
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Michael Piller originally envisioned the character of Martus becoming a recurring one but later decided against it.
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A Pakled is seen as a background character in Quark's bar. Pakleds were first seen in ST:TNG's "Samaritan Snare", in which they kidnap Geordi so he can fix things for them.
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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.
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One of the ingredients in Quark's sedative drink is "dilithium flavoring extract oz. 435" as shown on Bashir's computer screen. This is one of the many examples of in-jokes that have been added by the show's art department throughout the series.
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Whoopi Goldberg was to have played Guinan, her recurring role from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). But she was unavailable due to her movie work. She next appeared in the Trek universe in Star Trek: Generations (1994), which explains that Guinan is an El-Aurian.
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This episode was the first to air in 1994.
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This takes place in 2370.
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The costume worn by Alexander Siddig (Julian Bashir) during the racquetball match was auctioned off in the It's A Wrap! sale and auction. The shoes are, in reality, silver-painted Nike air shoes.
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Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) does not appear in this episode.
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