Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) – Rules of Acquisition, and Necessary Evil

Station log: stardate unknown

Ira Steven Behr pens this episode from a story by Hilary Bader that first aired on 17 November, 1993. Pel (Helene Udy) is a Ferengi who has arrived on the station to serve in negotiations between the Ferengi Alliance and civilisations in the Gamma Quadrant.

Pel, however, is a female posing as a male, a contradiction of Ferengi Law, and the Rules of Acquisition. It gets complicated when she begins to fall for Quark (Armin Shimerman).

Quark, meanwhile, is commissioned by the Grand Nagus (Wallace Shawn), who also arrives on the station to oversee the negotiations on behalf of the Ferengi.

Dax (Terry Ferrell) enjoys her time with the Ferengi, and has a lot of fun interacting with them, and is the first one to cotton to the fact that Pel is a woman. Zek, the Grand Nagus, meanwhile, is all about flirting and trying to win over Kira (Nana Visitor) much to her exasperation.

This episode is well-written, layers out the Ferengi culture a little more, and proves to be very funny at the same time. And because of the humour, it’s possible to miss the thematic material underneath it, specifically the subjugation of the female of the Ferengi species (by law they aren’t even allowed to wear clothes).

Familiar cult favourite Brian Thompson plays one of the Gamma Quadrant aliens. And in terms of continuity, The Dominion gets its first mention.

This one is a fun episode, and Shimerman is at the top of his game as Quark in this episode, and makes this one really enjoyable.

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Station log: stardate 47282.5

Peter Allan Fields pens this episode that first aired on 14 November, 1993.

We get a look at what Deep Space Nine looked like under Cardassian rule, when it was referred to as Terok Nor.

Security Chief Odo (Rene Auberjonois)  relives some memories of the past when an attempt is made on Quark’s life. The Ferengi is attempting to retrieve a box for a Bajoran, Vaatrik Pallra (Katherine Moffat), and has something to do with her husband’s murder.

In the box is eight names, a discovery that leads to the attempt on Quark’s life, and sends Odo on his investigation.

Rom (Max Grodenchik), Quark’s brother, proves his usefulness in recovering the box, and playing the suspect with Odo. He has some great moments and provides some comedic elements to the episode.

Something that balances nicely with the dark glimpse we are given of the station’s past. And the episode works as a nice little noir with Odo at its centre. Love it.

The Human Adventure continues next week as I continue my exploration of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The Complete Series on DVD currently available from Paramount Pictures.

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