Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Q is for Quark but who is he? In Star Trek DS9 Armin Shimerman appears as the greedy Ferengi who runs the bar and gambling casino on the station's promenade. His love for gold pressed latinum constantly gets him into scrapes with the law.

Fortunately our silver tongued friend has no scruples about telling yarns to save his own neck. In Star Trek TNG he played the Ferengi who spoke the most lines in 'The Last Outpost.'

Shimmerman is an old hand at science fiction having starred in Beauty and the Beast and Alien Nation previously. Armin initially had some misgivings about the extensive makeup required but a chat with Michael Dorn soon helped the actor come to grips with being stuck in a chair for hours. Shimmerman is definitely one of the more expressive Star Trek actors on Deep Space Nine but this fact is often missed because his face is always hidden behind a mask of gew.

Quark also runs 'holosuites' where any fantasy of your dreams can be played out for the right price. Every good Ferengi follows the Ferengi Code with religious devotion from an early age.

Years ago I snook in an extra rule into the Ferengi Code, can you spot which one isn't the real McCoy?

What fantasies would you like to play out in Quark's holosuite?


Tony Laplume, Scouring Monk said...

I nearly used Quark as my letter "q". Love the little toad almost as much as Odo did!

Nigel Mitchell said...

Awesome, Q was a tough letter, but you did it. And I do like Qwark.

Oh, and we awarded you the Liebster Blog Award?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

He was a great character. Smart and shrewd. His brother - not so much!

Krista McLaughlin said...

He was a good character! Always good for a laugh or eye roll.

Dave said...

Quark was a fantastic character and DS9 used the Ferengi to hold a great mirror up to us. It's embarrassing how often we were found wanting...

Congratulations on your award.

Dave Wrote This

Spacerguy said...

Haha, you've got to be joking me Tony.

Thanks Nigel, What an honor! I will treasure this moment.

I think Nogs moral convictions kept Quark away from life behind bars, Alex.

Krista, Ask not what your profits can do for you, but what you can do for your profits!

I guess we humans still have allot to learn. Thanks Dave.

Misha Gericke said...

Hmm... probably the one I'm writing. :-P

Maurice Mitchell said...

Spacerguy, the Ferengi rules are a great topic for a post. I think the fake one is "Never make fun of a Ferengi's mother, insult something he cares about instead."
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Spacerguy said...

Hmmmm sounds very mysterious, Misha.

Good one Maurice but you should really check out 215.

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