Star Trek: Voyager: Season 3, Episode 5

False Profits (2 Oct. 1996)

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Voyager comes across a pair of Alpha Quadrant Ferengis who have set themselves up as Gods on a primitive planet. Voyager wants to end their reign and use the nearby wormhole to return home.



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Voyager finds two Ferengi who came to the Delta Quadrant via the Barzan Wormhole using their superior technology to be gods to a primitive culture. (See Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Price.") The Voyager crew wants to stop the reign of these false gods while using the wormhole to get home. Written by laird-3

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This takes place in 2373. See more »


At the start of Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Price it was stated that the wormhole leads to the Gamma Quadrant; Star Trek: Voyager is set in the Delta Quadrant. However, in "The Price", the wormhole did indeed exit in the Delta Quadrant when Data and La Forge explored it (along with the ill-fated Ferengi). See more »


Merchant: [after dealing a couple of clay ears for Paris' shoes] Gentlemen, as the Sages say, your goods are now my goods.
Lieutenant Tom Paris: And my feet are now cold.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Price (1989) See more »


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One of the memorable failures in Voyager
16 August 2009 | by (Estonia, Tallinn) – See all my reviews

For me this was one of the most important episodes in the entire series. In my opinion, this was the biggest blunder they had to endure.

Voyager finds an old unstable TNG wormhole, complete with 2 lost ferengi. The crew knows this is their best shot to get home, and they actually make the wormhole stable. That's it, that's all they needed. It could have clearly ended there if their officers were competent.

Instead we got an over-righteous Janeway picking her priorities out of a hat at random, and blind Tuvak who should have clearly noted that logically the ferengi would try to sabotage their extraction from paradise at any cost. What happened next wasn't a shocker, but simply the dumbest intervention in history. If you have not seen this episode yet, the amount of episodes after this will clearly give away the ending.

So what were the alternatives? 1. Ignore the ferengi, travel home and then report the ferengi crimes, so somebody else returns through the now stable wormhole to arrest them. 2. Extract the ferengi by a simple confrontation or transporter, lock them up in a cell or something, with guards posted around, preventing all possible ferengi mishaps. 3. Expose and arrest the ferengi and let the local population deal with them. Personally, 1 was my favorite.

But what about the rest of the series, you ask? Well, who says we have to end it? Why not build an outpost in the Delta quadrant next to the wormhole, restock the Voyager crew and send it on the longest mission in history of star fleet to answer if Voyager could actually get home without the wormhole. Is that hard to grasp? For the writers it was apparently so. Sad, new characters, new stories, new possibilities, all lost.

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