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 »


Bard: W-well? What did you think?
Commander Chakotay: It was... er, very nice.
Bard: *Nice?* I'll wager you've never heard the Song of the Sages more beautifully or faithfully recited!
Lieutenant Tom Paris: He's got a point. We have *never* heard the Song of the Sages more beautifully recited.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Price (1989) See more »


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how not to get a stranded crew home.
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Yes, they have to keep the show going, but this episode shows one of the great flaws in "Voyager" as a concept. Janeway should be doing everything she can to get her crew home; after all, she was the one who got them stranded in the Delta Quadrant in the first place. So, with the wormhole almost upon them, and the way home there for the taking, Janeway instead plays games with an alien planet and two miserable Ferengi, and almost literally misses the bus. Even so, once she transports the Ferengi to the ship, shouldn't they be tied up like cattle and guarded by several well-armed crewmen, who would realize that keeping the Ferengi on ice is their ticket back to Earth? Janeway's sympathy for the inhabitants of the planet must take a back-seat to her primary mission. This episode, like so many Trek shows, in all the series, could be sub-titled "liberals in space." Great morality back on Earth, no so hot when exiled 75,000 light-years from home.

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