Ever since opening his bar
on Deep Space Nine, the Ferengi Quark has earned a comfortable
living as a barkeeper dispensing drinks and providing
entertainment, while making a tidy profit conducting somewhat
dubious business transactions with an eclectic alien clientele.
Unfortunately, Deep Space Nines demise this year
after seven seasons means an end to Quarks latinum-making
ventures, at least for the moment. Although he had no hesitation
about staying on to play Quark, the shows seventh year came
as somewhat of a surprise to actor Armin Shimerman.
I told fans at lots
of conventions that there would be no seventh season, and I guess
I was wrong, he says. When we originally signed our
contracts it was for six years and I firmly believed that wed
last that long, but our seventh year was an added bonus.
enjoyed my time on DSN. Its almost been like a
marathon, I suppose. There are times when you cant
understand why youre running the same race, but on the whole
its been a very uplifting experience.
Playing Quark for such a long time
has taught me so much as far as acting. Ive learnt the
meaning of 'less is more' and how camera angles can benefit your
performance, so Im more relaxed now in front of the camera.
Ive also learnt to stand up to directors if necessary and
how to exceed their wishes when necessary. It has been a great
maturation process and, along with paying me for my work, the
producers have allowed me to grow as an actor, for which Ill
always be grateful.
What was also
exciting is that Michael Piller and Rick [Berman, Deep Space
Nine's co-creators] didnt want to rehash the same series
over again as they had done with The Next Generation. They
wanted something different. Weve found over the years that
the fans pretty much want the same thing over and over again until
you force them to realize that change can be good. The Next
Generation, as was the original Star Trek, was an
episodic series. Each episode was self-contained and belonged to
itself, so viewers didnt necessarily need background
material to appreciate the show. Deep Space Nine was more
of a serial. You really had to know the background of our
recurring characters and where the plot line was. In that regard
we were much closer to Babylon 5, I think, than we were to
The Next Generation.
The other thing was
that Michael was far more keen to develop what I would call
three-dimensional characters, continues Shimerman. Their
three-dimensionality was highlighted by the fact that the
characters were good and bad. They were problematical in the sense
that there were things about them that werent especially
nice. Kira [Nana Visitor], for instance, besides being a terrific
officer, was also a Bajoran nationalist if it wasnt
good for Bajor, then it wasnt good, period. It took a long
time for her to see things from a Federation perspective and not
strictly a Bajoran one. When Sisko [Avery Brooks] was first
assigned to DS9 he wasnt exactly thrilled and it took a
while for him to appreciate his situation. To top if off, he also
became Bajors spiritual leader, the Emissary. Our characters
had deeper and darker qualities that you never really saw in the
crews of the original Star Trek, TNG and now, Star
reflections on the end of DSN from Armin Shimerman,
Michael Dorn, Max Grodénchik, James Darren, Andrew J
Robinson, Michael Westmore, Ira Stephen Behr on our extensive
range of interviews each at least four pages long.
Plus Season 7 episode guide, and the cast's favourite peisodes and
defining moments. All in
Zone Special #34