Friday, June 21, 2024

Star Trek: Prophet Motive

Episode: "Prophet Motive"
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Season 3, Episode 16
Original Air Date: February 20, 1995

via Memory Beta

The Grand Nagus (Wallace Shawn) is on the station for a visit and he appears to have lost his mind.  He has rewritten the Rules of Acquisition: greed is out, generosity is in.  Meanwhile, Doctor Bashir has been nominated for a prestigious medical award.

DS9 can get pretty heavy.  An occasional, frivolous Ferengi romp provides essential comic relief and Shawn Wallace is always good value.  That said, it would be a stretch to call this a good episode.  The Quark and Rom development is minimal, though Rom's gradual rising in his brother's estimation is nice to see.  The Bashir B-plot is mostly forgettable though somewhat notable for his first game of darts with Miles, an important feature of their friendship moving forward.  

Acting Notes

via Muppet Wiki

Juliana Donald played the role of Emi, a woman looking to buy stem bolts from Quark and not above using her feminine charms to encourage him to bring down the price.  Donald was born in Washington, DC, January 1, 1964.  "Prophet Motive" was her second Trek episode.  She played Tayna in "A Matter of Perspective."

Donald's films include The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Purple Rose of Cairo and Dragnet.  Television appearances include NYPD Blue, Babylon 5 and The X-Files.

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