Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1998) – Profit and Lace, and Time’s Orphan

Station log: stardate unknown

Alexander Siddig directs this Quark (Armin Shimerman) episode that was written by Ira Steven Behr and Hans Beimler, which first aired on 13 May, 1998.

Female rights aren’t a thing in the Ferengi end of space, but Grand Nagus Zek (Wallace Shawn) wants to change that, and begins promoting equal rights. This leads to him being deposed by his people, and Brunt (Jeffrey Combs) may be next in line.

Quark has a terrible plan to stop the scheming Ferengi, a temporary sex change to a woman…

Ferengi-centric episodes can be hit or miss, this one is a huge miss, as it can’t quite decide if it wants to be a comedy in the vein of a farce or a drama with some serious commentary.

Either way, it just doesn’t work, though it is nice to see Quark, Nog (Aron Eisenberg) and Rom (Max Grodenchik) together trying to organize things. And lets not forget Jeffrey Combs returning as Brunt, also fun!

Of course, considering how strong the rest of the season is, I’m not really going to hold this against them as a complete loss, it’s jut not a very strong episode, and Quark doesn’t learn anything from his experience as a woman, though Leeta (Chase Masterson) seems to have a good time teaching him how to be one.

profit and lace

Station log: stardate unknown

Bradley Thompson and David Weddle pen the teleplay for this episode from a story by Joe Menosky. The episode debuted on 20 May, 1998.

Keiko O’Brien (Rosalind Chao) is back on the station with Molly (Hana Hatae) and Miles (Colm O’Brien) couldn’t be happier. The family is reunited, even baby Yoshi.

Trouble, however, strikes while the family is on a picnic trip to Golana. Molly tumbles through a time portal. O’Brien attempt to work some transporter magic, along with the rest of the crew who turn out to examine the portal, and help find an answer.

They get her back, but she returns as a young adult, and Molly (Michelle Krusiec) has no memory of her life or her family. As Keiko and Miles try to get Molly to adapt to their world again, they fear they may not be able to reclaim their now feral child, and may lose her… unless they try one last mission to set her free…

And thanks to some temporal manipulations by the portal, and a little bit of sacrifice, little Molly returns home.

The Human Adventure continues next week as we come to the conclusion of the sixth season, and brace for the station’s final season of adventure. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The Complete Series on DVD is ready to be explored, thanks to Paramount Canada!

Boldy go…

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