Armin Shimerman as Quark

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

It's two years since we last stumbled into Quark's bar on Deep Space Nine. Time for a little staff reunion, we think...

Selected from
Starburst Special #49

by Nick Joy

Welcome to Quark's on the Promenade of Federation station Deep Space Nine. The ever-excitable Morn is at the bar, sipping his Synthale, some Klingons are reciting opera, and here at our table, bar keep Quark, brother Rom and nephew Nog are playing Ferengi happy families...

OK, not really! However, we have dragged Quark, Rom and Nog's alter egos, actors Armin Shimerman, Max Grodénchik and Aron Eisenberg - all headlining Sector 14's Odyssey convention - to the bar for a special Quark's reunion, and to share some thoughts on the demise of Deep Space Nine, the enduring appeal of the Ferengi, and life after Trek...

Jake and NogAfter spending seven years working together, and then two years apart, how do the guys feel about being brought together as a Ferengi family again? "I don't really think of it as a reunion," suggests Max. "We see each other all the time. I just spoke with Cecily [Adams, who played Moogie] last night, and we've done maybe a half dozen conventions together over the past year-and-a-half. And because we continue to play in The Ferengi Family Hour, a little stage musical we perform at conventions, we are constantly rehearsing together. So we're never really very far apart."

Armin concurs, "Of all of the people I worked with on Deep Space Nine, the members of my Ferengi family stay in touch very well."

Because the show finished two years ago, this has given the actors time to reassess their opinion of the final season. Armin elaborates. "When I left the show, I felt particularly under-used as Quark. I was very happy with many of the episodes about him - there were some great ones - but I wasn't particularly happy with the last couple of major Quark stories. All the characters seemed to progress in some way, but Quark just sort of was… the bartender. Even his potential for harm disappeared.

"Everyone thinks of Quark as cheating people and doing black market things, but you never saw him do any of that. In hindsight, and having had the chance to talk to people about the Quark shows, I've come to realize that they were much better than I originally thought."

More from Quark's bar in the six-page feature in this issue!

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