At the Federation's first encounter with the hostile, thievish Ferengi race, both the Enterprise and their 'daimon' (captain) Tarr's spaceship are immobilized by a force field from a ... See full summary »


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At the Federation's first encounter with the hostile, thievish Ferengi race, both the Enterprise and their 'daimon' (captain) Tarr's spaceship are immobilized by a force field from a dead-presumed planet. It turns out to be the 'portal', a gatekeeper, last survivor of a superior civilization wiped out by their star's supernova. He captures both races' scouting teams and test if they deserve to be spared or put down as hopeless barbarians. The Ferengi try blaming the humans, Riker brutal, yet noble honesty. Written by KGF Vissers

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17 October 1987 (USA)  »

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Armin Shimerman said of his performance, "I was pretty much playing over-the-top villain - that turned out to be very comical. I thought I was being serious, but obviously, it was not serious. It's because there was no subtlety to the performance, there was no attempt to try to give them some real cajones ... It was bad acting. It was just bad acting. They liked it, god bless them, Star Trek liked it." See more »


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Portal: The Empire is forever.
Commander William T. Riker: Your Empire fell prey to a supernova.
Portal: We are forever.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The First Ferengi
17 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is the first ever episode of Star Trek to introduce the Ferengi, a race of greed-ruled creatures, who at this point in the series, were shaping up to be the lead villains of Next Gen. It would be all to easy to hate the Ferengi, but I always enjoyed their appearances, and this is no exception. Making an appearance is Armin Shimmerman, the actor who would go on to brilliantly play Quark in Deep Space Nine. This is a unique appearance for the Ferengi, as they are more threatening here than their usual mild annoyance, this is shown by the fact they have purple whip things which prove rather hazardous with the Enterprise crew. Seeing a Ferengi vessel is always a treat as well. The overall episode is so-so, there is a nice bit where Riker and Portal 63 have a pleasant chat once the Ferengi are dealt with, but the novelty of this episode lies with those big eared orange dwarfs themselves.

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