Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 1, Episode 10

The Nagus (21 Mar. 1993)

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The Ferengi's greatest politician and leader, the Grand Nagus, comes to the station. He seems very interested in Quark's bar.

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The leader of the Ferengi, Grand Nagus Zek and his son Krax suddenly appear in Quark's bar. Quark and his brother Rom are in awe and quickly arrange for everything Zek needs, including precious time in the holosuites. Zek praises Quark's business instinct for opening a bar near a wormhole that wasn't even discovered yet, but Quark fears for the worst. He is convinced Zek wants to take over his bar for free and the he won't take no for an answer. Zek has different plans however. He tells Quark a conference will be held in the bar where Ferengi politicians will discuss how to exploit the business opportunities in the Gamma Quadrant. Zek tells the members he won't be the Ferengi leading the Alliance into the Gamma Quadrant and will appoint his successor. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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The first real lighthearted episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). See more »

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Zek: You don't grab power, you accumulate it quietly, without anyone noticing.
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A fun romp...not a great episode but still a lot of fun...
6 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ferengi are kind of like the oddball relatives or kooky neighbors that sometimes visit your home- they can be fun and amusing in small doses but can quickly wear out their welcome if they stay too long.

That starts to happen in "The Nagus", an amusing episode about Quark's sudden rise (and fall) from power in Ferengi affairs. The Ferengi, with their screechy over-the-top voices, wild appearance, and annoying mannerisms, are the "court jesters" of the Star Trek Universe, and usually pop up (and disappear just as fast)to provide quick comic relief in the middle of a serious storyline.

Here, however, we're treated to a full hour devoted almost exclusively to them, and their outrageous antics (especially the exaggerated voices) begin to grate on the nerves after a while, especially the voice of Zek, The Grand Negus, played by veteran character actor Wallace Shawn, a talented performer who specializes in portraying nerdy, whiny, over-the-top characters. I can only compare listening to his character talk to the sound of long fingernails screeching down a chalkboard (except the latter would be more tolerable).

For those who journey to Star Trek looking for serious dramatic content, action, and adventure, you won't find it here- this one is played strictly for laughs from the very beginning, with nary a hostile Klingon, menacing Borg, or angry Cardassion in sight. For those that enjoy broad farce and slapstick comedy, however, you might find a chuckle or two.

Fans of the talented Armin Shimermin have a real treat here, as Quark learns that "being the boss" is not always what it's cracked up to be. Shimermin, in the midst of outrageous comedy, manages to inject some thoughtful dramatic moments as he struggles with his new found power and the added responsibilities (and dangers) it brings.

Aside from the comedy involving the Ferengi, there is a kids oriented sub-plot involving Jake & Nog, which apparently was intended to make a point about children's relationships, but, unfortunately, only serves to slow down the plot and pacing of the episode. Part of the problem lies with the child actors, who are simply too wooden and 2-dimensional in their dialog & portrayals to be of any real interest. This is often a pitfall with child actors in a drama- unless they are really good (the Harry Potter kids, for example), scenes with kids can quickly become stilted, forced, and annoying, especially if the child actors are just not skilled enough/experienced enough to carry the scene. That's what happens here and the scenes with Jake & Nog come off as flat, dull, and uninteresting, especially when interspersed with scenes featuring the outrageous & amusing Ferengi.

In general, though, this is a fun and amusing episode, the highlight being a hilarious (and lovingly crafted) send-up to "The Godfather"(1972) during the scene where Quark meets with Nava to discuss a business opportunity. This scene alone makes the whole worth watching.


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