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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The Ferengi Marauder's shape was inspired by a horseshoe crab on the desk of writer Herbert Wright. See more »


During the initial tactical briefing in the conference room, Data gets his fingers stuck in the Chinese finger trap. Picard is irritated, Geordi laughs ,"My Hero", and Picard assists Data out of the trap. During the subsequent close-up shot of Data's fingers, the tips of Data's two fingers that were stuck in the trap are clearly flesh tone, pink, as the make-up has clearly been removed by the inside of the finger trap. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: One final request, sir. Permission to beam a box of Data's Chinese finger puzzles over to the Ferengi? A thank you, for all they tried to do.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Make it so.
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »


Gymnopédie No. 1
Written by Erik Satie
Performed by ????
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Fun and Ferengi
26 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode gets things back on track. First of all, we are introduced to a new race, the ear-dominant businessmen of the universe, the Ferengi. As the crew of the Enterprise must deal with something on the surface of a strange planet that is drawing their energy, they encounter these anything-for-a-buck adversaries that will make their lives a problem for many episodes to come. These guys won't listen to reason, suspicious of anyone who gets in the way of their commerce. Unfortunately, they are experiencing the same drain of power as Picard and the crew but can't fess up about it. It requires an alliance but that is hard to negotiate. The true danger is on the planet and someone better do something. Of course, it's no secret for anyone that this marriage is not made in heaven but cooler heads prevail. For a while. Suffice it to say, the Ferengi are refreshing, unique characters with qualities unlike any others out there. They have cool speech patterns and an aggressive, self-centered being about them. Once again, they offer new challenges. This episode takes a critical situation and adds some humor. I remember that this began to revive my faith that this series was back on track.

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