Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 4

The Last Outpost (17 Oct. 1987)

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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 ... 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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The Ferengi use energy whips in this episode. This will be the only time in this series where the Ferengi are shown use such weapons, and the energy whips would not make an appearance again until the Star Trek: Enterprise episode Star Trek: Enterprise: Acquisition (2002) See more »


Portal swings his staff while approaching Riker showing off his speed and dexterity. It's obvious that the video is at double speed for this effect. See more »


Lieutenant Tasha Yar: What have bright, primary colors got to do with it?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Ah, I understand the allusion. Colors representing countries at a time when they competed with each other. Red, white and blue for the United States, whereas the French... more properly used the same colors in the order blue, white and red.
Lt. Commander Data: And the German nation red, black and gold, the Italians green, white and red, the British...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: That's enough, Data!
Lt. Commander Data: It was you who...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: We were discussing the Ferengi.
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »


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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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