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"Star Trek: Voyager" False Profits (1996)

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Star Trek: Voyager: Season 3: Episode 5 -- The crew tries to free the people of the planet Takar from two Ferengi opportunists posing as gods.


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Original Air Date:
2 October 1996 (Season 3, Episode 5)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran ... Chakotay

Roxann Dawson ... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)

Jennifer Lien ... Kes

Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lieutenant Tom Paris

Ethan Phillips ... Neelix

Robert Picardo ... The Doctor

Tim Russ ... Lieutenant Tuvok

Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim

Dan Shor ... Arridor

Leslie Jordan ... Kol

Michael Ensign ... Bard

Rob LaBelle ... Kafar

Alan Altshuld ... Sandalmaker
John Walter Davis ... Merchant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christine Artecona-Cornell ... Takarian Female (uncredited)
Kimm Collinsworth ... Takarian Female #1 (uncredited)
Tarik Ergin ... Lieutenant Ayala (uncredited)
Shepard Ross ... Ensign Murphy (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Cliff Bole 
Writing credits
Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by)

Rick Berman (created by) &
Michael Piller (created by) &
Jeri Taylor (created by)

Joe Menosky (teleplay)

George A. Brozak (story)

Produced by
Rick Berman .... executive producer
Kenneth Biller .... co-producer
Brannon Braga .... supervising producer
Merri D. Howard .... producer
Peter Lauritson .... supervising producer
Wendy Neuss .... producer
Michael Piller .... executive producer
Jeri Taylor .... executive producer
Brad Yacobian .... line producer
Original Music by
Dennis McCarthy 
Cinematography by
Marvin V. Rush (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Lederman 
Casting by
Junie Lowry-Johnson 
Ron Surma 
Production Design by
Richard D. James 
Art Direction by
Michael L. Mayer 
Set Decoration by
Leslie McCarthy-Frankenheimer  (as Leslie Frankenheimer)
Costume Design by
Robert Blackman 
Makeup Department
Suzan Bagdadi .... hair designer
Laura Connolly .... hair stylist
Tina Hoffman .... makeup artist
Barbara Minster .... hair stylist
Gilbert A. Mosko .... makeup artist (as Gil Mosko)
Greg Nelson .... makeup artist
Michael Westmore .... makeup designer and supervisor
Belinda Bryant .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Erwin H. Kupitz .... wig designer (uncredited)
Production Management
Dawn Velazquez .... post-production supervisor
Brad Yacobian .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael DeMeritt .... second assistant director
Arlene Fukai .... first assistant director
Art Department
Louise Dorton .... set designer
Wendy Drapanas .... scenic artist
Michael Okuda .... scenic art consultant
Alan Sims .... property master
Al Smutko .... construction coordinator
Rick Sternbach .... senior illustrator
Tony Sears .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ruth Adelman .... sound editor
Alan Bernard .... sound mixer
Jeff Gersh .... sound editor
Miguel Rivera .... sound mixer
Masanobu 'Tomi' Tomita .... sound editor (as Masanobu Tomita)
Bill Wistrom .... supervising sound editor
James Wolvington .... supervising sound effects editor (as Jim Wolvington)
Alfred T. Ferrante .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Daryl Lathrop .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Chris Trent .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Jerry Trent .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dick Brownfield .... special effects
Wayne Burnes .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Elizabeth Castro .... visual effects assistant editor
Arthur J. Codron .... visual effects coordinator
Dan Curry .... visual effects producer
Cheryl Gluckstern .... visual effects associate
Ronald B. Moore .... visual effects supervisor
Edward L. Williams .... visual effects series coordinator
Jeffrey Baxter .... digital artist (uncredited)
Jeffrey Baxter .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Don Greenberg .... visual effects compositor (uncredited)
Jeffery Scheetz .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Dennis Madalone .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Randy Burgess .... first company grip
Robert Eyslee .... best boy electric
Douglas Knapp .... camera operator (as Doug Knapp)
Denise Okuda .... video coordinator
William L. Peets .... chief lighting technician (as Bill Peets)
Ben Betts .... key video engineer (uncredited)
George Santo Pietro .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Nan Dutton .... original casting
Helen Mossler .... casting executive
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Camille Argus .... wardrobe supervisor
Kimberley Shull .... key costumer
Jamie Thomas .... key costumer
Editorial Department
John Farrell .... supervising editor (as J.P. Farrell)
April Nocifora .... post-production coordinator (as April Rossi)
Eugene Wood .... assistant editor
Brian Q. Kelley .... video segments (uncredited)
Music Department
Jerry Goldsmith .... composer: theme music
Gerry Sackman .... music editor
Other crew
André Bormanis .... science consultant
Dan Curry .... title designer: main title
Lolita Fatjo .... pre-production coordinator
Cosmo Genovese .... script supervisor
Diane Overdiek .... production coordinator
David Rossi .... production associate
Sandra Sena .... production associate
Eric A. Stillwell .... production associate
Lisa Klink .... show staff writer (uncredited)

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rick Berman  creator
Michael Piller  creator
Jeri Taylor  creator

Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup artist
Adam Brandy .... staff makeup artist (2000)
Michael Burnett .... makeup artist
Monique DeSart .... hair stylist (as Monique De Sart)
Cynthia Hernandez .... makeup artist
Margie Kaklamanos .... special makeup effects artist (as Margie Latinopoulos)
Michael Key .... makeup artist
Heather Koontz .... makeup artist
Barry R. Koper .... makeup artist
Ani Plotkin-Maloney .... makeup artist (as Ani Plotkin)
Alex Proctor .... makeup artist
Kathleen Sandoval .... makeup artist
Jennifer Turchi Nigh .... makeup artist (as Jennifer Turchi)
R. Stephen Weber .... makeup artist (as Steve Weber)
Derik Wingo .... special makeup effects artist
Jake Garber .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hans Berggren .... trainee assistant director
Doug Corring .... second assistant director: second unit
Craig Harris .... trainee assistant director
Jeani Harris-Olivieri .... dga trainee (as Jeani Harris)
Michelle Jaeger .... dga trainee
Dinah LeHoven .... second second assistant director
Jodie Thomas .... dga trainee
David Trotti .... second assistant director
Art Department
Lloyd A. Buswell .... construction gang boss
Dragon Dronet .... props
Sound Department
John Agalsoff Jr. .... boom operator
Marty Church .... foley mixer
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York (multiple episodes)
Wilson Dyer .... sound editor
Chris Elam .... sound recordist
Dennis Petersen .... sound recordist
Dean St. John .... adr mixer (seasons 4-7)
Special Effects by
Thomas D. Bacho Jr. .... special effects technician
Andy Clement .... animatronic baby effects
Edward J. Franklin .... special effects crew
Alan McFarland .... Borg suit and space suit electronics
Visual Effects by
Dave Adams .... visual effects animator
John Allardice .... digital effects supervisor
Laura Barbera .... digital artist
Laura Barbera .... visual effects animator
Victor Bornia .... digital effects artist (final episode)
Grant Boucher .... CGI supervisor
Danny Braet .... visual effects: EdenFX
John Campuzano .... tape operator
Steve Carpenter .... digital artist
Elizabeth Castro .... visual effects assistant editor (1995-1997) (visual effects coordinator) (1997-)
John 'JD' Daniel .... digital artist
Brandon Davis .... digital effects artist
Jarrod Davis .... digital artist (final episode)
Leif Einarsson .... computer graphics lead animator: Digital Magic
Brian Fisher .... digital effects artist
John Grower .... animation supervisor: main titles
John Grower .... effects supervisor: main titles
Sherry Hitch .... digital compositor
Russell Isler .... visual effects: final episode
Bruce Jones .... visual effects producer
Michael Kaelin .... compositor
Mark Kochinski .... 3D artist
Errol Lanier .... digital modeler (season 6, episode "Dragon's Teeth")
Mike Leben .... motion control operator
Adam 'Mojo' Lebowitz .... computer graphics animation supervisor
Rodney J. McFall .... digital compositor
David R. Morton .... digital artist/digital effects supervisor (1998-2000)
Jose Perez .... visual effects
Kevin Quattro .... digital artist
Jim Rider .... motion control cameraman
Steven Joseph Rogers .... digital artist
Sean M. Scott .... visual effects (season 7)
Emile Edwin Smith .... CG supervisor
Lee Stringer .... visual effects animator
Claudia Sumner .... visual effects producer: Foundation Imaging
Ka Yaw Tan .... visual effects
Erik Tiemens .... storyboard artist: main title
Aristomenis Tsirbas .... digital artist
Kelly Wilcox .... animation supervisor: Equinox creatures
Lance Wilhoite .... visual effects producer
Bob Williamson .... digital compositor
Tom Williamson .... visual effects supervisor
Larry Younger .... assistant compositor
Jamie Baxter .... lead artist workforce pt 1&2: Digital Firepower (uncredited)
Bethany Berndt-Shackelford .... digital artist (uncredited)
Mike Donahue .... system engineer (uncredited)
Pierre Drolet .... digital artist: Foundation Imaging (uncredited)
Edward Helmers .... visual effects animator (uncredited)
Tom Helmers .... visual effects animator (uncredited)
Gregory Jein .... model constructor (uncredited)
Koji Kuramura .... digital artist: Foundation Imaging (uncredited)
David B. Mooy .... digital modeler (uncredited)
Michael Stetson .... visual effects animator: Foundation Imaging (uncredited)
Elle Alexander .... stunts
Chuck Borden .... stunts
Stephen R. Hudis .... utility stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Scott Leva .... stunts
Johnny Martin .... stunts (8 episodes)
Tom Morga .... stunt double
Rick Sawaya .... stunt double
Paul E. Short .... stunts
Lou Simon .... utility stunts
Tim Sitarz .... stunts
Monica Staggs .... stunt double: Jeri Ryan
Gary Ray Stearns .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Bookout .... first company grip
Brian S. Cooper .... rigging gaffer
Sean Fairburn .... camera operator
Peter B. Kowalski .... camera operator
Wren Maloney .... still photographer
Paul McCallum .... additional still photographer (1998)
Animation Department
Daniel Ritchie .... animator
Casting Department
Mark Scott .... casting associate (1998-1999)
Chadwick Struck .... casting assistant
Chadwick Struck .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brian Cotton .... costumer
Editorial Department
Paul Villasenor .... assistant editor (1997-1999)
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
John Rotondi .... scoring engineer: Y4
Gregory Smith .... orchestrator (pilot episode)
Other crew
James Bethea .... executive in charge: UPN
Brent Burpee .... systems engineer
Trisha Burton .... hand double: "Captain Janeway"
Allen Fogderude .... promotion manager
Dylan Morss .... production assistant (seasons 3-4)
Jen Pray .... production assistant (season 6)
Karen Ragan-George .... assistant to producer (as Karen Ragan)
Lenore Sena .... first assistant accountant
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In this episode, Neelix has himself surgically altered to pose as the Grand Nagus's proxy. This would be the 2nd time that Ethan Phillips has played a Ferengi. Phillips played as the Ferengi Dr. Farak on "Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ménage à Troi (#3.24)" (1990). Phillips would also go on to play the Ferengi Ulis in "Star Trek: Enterprise: Acquisition (#1.19)" (2002).See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: At the start of "Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Price (#3.8)" (1989) 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 »
[Neelix, as the Holy Pilgrim, and the two Ferengi are to be burned]
Kafar:We are fulfilling the destiny of the Sages.
Neelix:I am the Holy Pilgrim, and I have come to tell you that there's another verse to the song. It's, uh, uh... "Please, er, don't burn the Holy Ones!"
Kafar:I'm sorry, Holy Pilgrim, but that's not part of the song.
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7 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
One of the memorable failures in Voyager, 16 August 2009
Author: Gregory from Estonia, Tallinn

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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