Rom (Star Trek)
Rom is a recurring character on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He is played by Max Grodénchik. Rom is the son of Keldar and Ishka, he is Quark's younger brother, the father of Nog. Born around 2335, Rom did not have the business acumen associated with the Ferengi race, he had a knack for fixing things but, until around 2372, he worked as a waiter and stock boy in his brother Quark's bar on Deep Space Nine. In the first episode, he was credited only as "Ferengi Pit Boss". Rom displays a lack of confidence due to Quark's habit of belittling him. However, there is evidence to suggest that Quark was attempting to protect Rom from inevitable failure by preventing him from venturing into business for himself. After four years living among Federation and Bajoran citizens on the station, inspired by his son Nog's admission to Starfleet, Rom left the bar to become an engineer in the Bajoran Militia. Odo once described Rom as "an idiot, couldn't fix a straw if it was bent"; these opinions, were only due to Rom's social ineptitude and meek subservient and stood in stark contrast to his genius as an engineer.
This talent allowed him to play an important role in the station's participation in the Dominion War. In 2373, Rom designed and distributed a self-replicating minefield that blocked access to the Bajoran wormhole and prevented Dominion reinforcements from entering the Alpha Quadrant for several months, his first wife, bore his son Nog. She stayed behind on Ferenginar when Rom first came to Deep Space Nine, but the marriage was dissolved after she and her father stole the bulk of his profits. Rom married Leeta, a Bajoran Dabo girl employed at Quark's bar, after a period of doubt about her love after having been burned in his first marriage; when Grand Nagus Zek became less greedy after coming into contact with the Bajoran prophets, he founded the Ferengi Benevolent Association and appointed Rom chairman. However, acting atypically, Rom took advantage of the opportunity and embezzled money from the charity. Throughout his seven years on DS9, Rom underwent great personal growth as a colleague, in nearly every other aspect of his life and career.
He proved valuable, on several occasions, in helping his people deal with important issues facing their society. In 2375, to the shock of everyone, including Rom himself, Zek appointed Rom to succeed him as Grand Nagus, becoming the new leader of the Ferengi and their economy. Rom's political affiliations are hinted as being left-wing and more liberal than those of his brother. In the episode'Bar Association' he forms a union of the bar staff at Quark's bar and quotes Karl Marx as well as demonstrating admiration for Miles O'Brien's ancestor, Sean Aloysius O'Brien, a union leader. Quark and Nog do not understand or speak English/Federation Standard, but rather rely on Universal Translators implanted near their ears. Rom at Memory Alpha Rom at Memory Alpha Star Trek official site
Benjamin Lafayette Sisko is a fictional character in the Star Trek franchise. He appears in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, he is portrayed by actor Avery Brooks. The character was featured prominently on the television show between 1993 and 1999, which aired on syndicated television in the United States, he was the lead in the third major Star Trek live-action television series after Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation. The character has been utilized in various books and video games of the Star Trek franchise. Born in 2332 in New Orleans, Benjamin is the son of Joseph Sisko, the chef and owner of the restaurant "Sisko's Creole Kitchen," or "Sisko's" for short, his birth mother was a human woman named Sarah. However, Sarah was possessed by one of the Bajoran Prophets, manipulated into marrying Joseph in order to conceive Benjamin. Sarah and Joseph were married until Sarah disappeared two days after Ben's first birthday, when the life-form left her body, she died in an accident several years later.
Joseph met and married another woman, who went on to raise Benjamin as her own son. Benjamin remained unaware of these events until well into his adulthood and long after he had otherwise made contact with the Bajoran Prophets. Ben has a sister named Judith, at least two brothers. Sisko entered Starfleet Academy in 2350. During his sophomore year, he was in a field-study assignment on Starbase 137, he met a woman named Jennifer in Babylon, New York, on Gilgo Beach, shortly after graduating from the Academy. The two wed and had a son named Jake; as a Starfleet officer coming up through the ranks, Sisko was mentored by Curzon Dax, a joined Trill serving as United Federation of Planets ambassador to the Klingon Empire, when the two were stationed aboard the USS Livingston early in Sisko's career. The symbiotic nature of the joined Trill becomes a significant aspect to Sisko's relationships with his science officer Jadzia Dax and counselor Ezri Dax. Sisko served aboard the USS Okinawa under Captain Leyton, who saw command potential in the young officer.
It was during this assignment that Sisko and Leyton fought in the war between the Federation and the Tzenkethi. Sisko transferred to the USS Saratoga as its first officer. In early 2367, the Saratoga was one of the 40 Starfleet vessels involved in the Battle of Wolf 359 against the Borg. In an attempt to gain knowledge about Starfleet defenses, the Borg assimilated Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the U. S. S. Enterprise, creating a Borg drone known as Locutus. In the ensuing battle, all of the starships at Wolf 359 were destroyed, an estimated 11,000 people were lost. Afterward, Sisko took a position at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards on Mars, overseeing the development of new ships, including the USS Defiant, which were created to contend with the Borg threat. Sisko is promoted to Captain on Stardate 48959 during the episode "The Adversary". In 2369 Sisko is assigned to the Bajoran sector to command Deep Space Nine and to help Bajor's recovery from the concluded Cardassian occupation, shepherding them toward possible membership in the Federation.
Sisko and his son Jake reluctantly take up residence on the station. Recognizing that the assignment on DS9 is not an "ideal environment" in which to raise a son, Sisko contemplates resigning his commission. Adding to Sisko's discomfort is the presence of Captain Picard, who briefs him on his mission. Sisko continues to harbor deep resentment toward Picard for his role, however unwilling, in the death of his wife. Upon Sisko's first visit to Bajor, the Kai, Opaka Sulan, labels him "the Emissary of the Prophets" and gives him one of the Bajoran Orbs, that comes from Bajor's Prophets. By studying the orb and nearby stellar phenomenon, Jadzia Dax finds a location of unusual activity in the nearby Denorios Belt. Traveling there and Sisko discover the first known stable wormhole. During their return trip through the wormhole and Dax encounter the mysterious entities living within it; the devoutly spiritual Bajorans believe the wormhole to be the "Celestial Temple" and the entities to be the Prophets, respectively.
These entities exist outside linear time. Sisko's first contact with the entities is difficult for both parties. After leaving the wormhole, Sisko embraces the opportunity to move forward and command Deep Space Nine and adopts a less hostile attitude towards Picard before his departure. After the station is moved to the mouth of the wormhole to claim it for Bajor, it becomes a new hub of scientific and political activity. Sisko at first clashes with Major Kira Nerys and on more than one occasion has to rein her in by asserting his authority. However, as time passed, the two came to have great trust in each other, their relationship reached a new level of personal comfort when Sisko was injured during a battle with the Dominion and Kira did her best to care for him. During this, she realized that Sisko had kept her at a certain professional distance because of his role as the Emissary but this softened after this event. Sisko's assignment to the station saw him reunited with an old friend in a new form.
Jadzia, a female Trill and the current host to Dax had been assigned as the scie
Vulcan (Star Trek)
Vulcans are a fictional extraterrestrial humanoid species in the Star Trek universe and media franchise. In the various Star Trek television series and movies, they are noted for their attempt to live by logic and reason with as little interference from emotion as possible. Known for their pronounced eyebrows and pointed ears, they originate from the fictional planet Vulcan. In the Star Trek universe, they were the first extraterrestrial species to make first contact with humans; the most famous actor to portray a Vulcan is Leonard Nimoy, who first played the character Mr. Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series. Vulcans are depicted as similar in appearance to humans; the main physical differences are their eyebrows and ears: the former are arched and upswept, while the latter feature pinnae that taper to a point at the top. The ears have been the subject of jokes on many occasions. Vulcans have been portrayed as various races. Most caucasoid-like Vulcans appear with a subtle greenish hue to their skin, due to Vulcans' copper-based blood, green.
Other features described include an inner eyelid, or nictitating membrane, which protects their vision from bright lights, an adaptation for their bright, hot home world. In addition, their hearts are located on the right side between the ribs and pelvis. Vulcans were omnivores in ages past. In the Star Trek original series episode "All Our Yesterdays", Spock willingly consumes meat. Vulcans are stated to be herbivorous in the TAS episode "The Slaver Weapon", by the carnivorous Kzinti. Vulcans do not like to touch their food with their hands, preferring to use utensils whenever possible, it is a Vulcan custom for guests in the home to prepare meals for their hosts. Vulcans are said to not drink alcohol, though they are depicted indulging on special occasions or as a storyline warrants. In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Repression", humans and Vulcans are shown drinking a Vulcan alcoholic drink called "Vulcan Brandy". In the TOS episode "The Enterprise Incident", as part of his diversionary role during an espionage mission against the Romulans, Spock shares a drink known as Romulan ale with the female Romulan commander.
In a TOS episode "Requiem for Methuselah", Spock requests a Saurian brandy after Dr. McCoy, while serving himself and Captain Kirk, observes that he had no expectation that Spock would be joining them in a drink for fear that the alcohol would affect his logic faculties. Spock claims that he wants a brandy because he is experiencing an unaccustomed envy for his host's artwork. In Star Trek: First Contact, when the Vulcans first meet Zefram Cochrane, Cochrane serves them alcoholic beverages, which they take in lieu of dancing. In "non-canon" Trek-related literature, such as the novelization of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Vulcans are depicted as immune to the effects of alcohol. There are references to Vulcans becoming inebriated by ingesting chocolate; the novelization of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home shows Spock reacting as if drunk to the ingestion of sucrose, or sugar, contained in a peppermint candy. He tells Kirk; every seven years, Vulcan males and females experience an overpowering hormone imbalance known as pon farr focused on their mates or an object of desire, if there is no mate or they are out of reach.
Once triggered, a Vulcan must have sexual intercourse with someone, preferably their mate. If this is not possible, meditation may be used to stabilize their chemical imbalances and help them cope, though this is not always sufficient. In the event that neither of these solutions can be achieved, the Vulcan will face insanity, loss of self-control, death. If a mate is not available, there are other ways to relieve the effects of the pon farr; the first is meditation, by means of which the Vulcan must overcome the urge to mate through mental discipline. The second is violence; this is seen in the Voyager episode "Blood Fever", when B'Elanna Torres and Ensign Vorik fight in the traditional Vulcan manner. The violence ends the pon farr; the other option is extreme shock. When he experienced pon farr, Tuvok of the USS Voyager made use of a holodeck simulation of a temporary mate that resembled his wife; this holodeck simulation was created because The Doctor was unavailable to administer, as the dialog of the episode suggests, a medicine that he had prepared to help Tuvok overcome the effects of pon farr.
Infection is another mechanism writers have used to induce pon farr in Vulcan characters (such as T'Pol in the Star Trek: Enterprise
Deep Space Nine (fictional space station)
Deep Space Nine is a fictional space station, the eponymous primary setting of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine which aired from 1993 to 1999. It serves as a base for the exploration of the Gamma Quadrant via the Bajoran wormhole and is a hub of trade and travel for the sector's denizens, it is run by a joint crew of Starfleet and Bajoran officers and it is the home port of a number of Starfleet runabouts, as well as the starship USS Defiant. The station is featured in the opening for all 176 episodes of Deep Space Nine, as well as part one of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Birthright" and the first Star Trek: Voyager episode "Caretaker". Many story arcs introduced on Next Generation are extended by events; the station builds on the legacy of the Cardassian-Federation interactions introduced by that show and the first episode, "Emissary", includes a visit from the Enterprise-D. Deep Space Nine provides the location for the crew to interact with the characters and elements established by the Star Trek universe, introduces additional elements.
The series follows the character Worf, who after being featured in all seven seasons of The Next Generation, is featured on the latter four seasons of Deep Space Nine. As on Next Generation, Worf has a love interest with another major character on the show, Jadzia Dax. Other romantic relationships on Deep Space Nine include a new love interest for Benjamin Sisko, as well as Odo and Kira; the station exists in a time and place occupied by The Next Generation and Voyager and the seventh through tenth films, the 2370s in Earth's Galaxy. This is itself part of the bigger Star Trek universe, initiated by the original Star Trek TV show of the late 1960s created by Gene Roddenberry. Deep Space Nine, over a kilometer in diameter, is composed of a broad outer docking ring. Three sets of docking pylons sweep up and down equidistantly around the docking ring, defining an spherical shape, it is of identical design to Empok Nor. Situated in orbit of Bajor, the station was moved in the series' pilot episode to a position at the mouth of the newly discovered wormhole, where it would remain throughout the remainder of the series.
This made the station three hours away from Bajor by shuttle, as described in three episodes, although it was mentioned as being five hours away in another episode. However, it would appear that the journey could be completed in a much shorter length of time if necessary by engaging warp drive within the Bajoran star system; the promenade is the main public thoroughfare in which visitors and residents congregate, on which can be found Quark's Bar, the infirmary, the replimat, a Bajoran temple, Elim Garak's clothing shop, chief of security Odo's office, a Klingon restaurant, a mineral assay office, a candy kiosk, for a brief time during the first season, Keiko O'Brien's classroom. There are about 300 permanent residents of the station, though the station can accommodate up to seven thousand. A Cardassian mining and refinery station named Terok Nor in orbit around Bajor, it was built by Bajoran slave labor under Cardassian rule in 2346; the station was commanded by the last Cardassian prefect of Bajor.
It was abandoned toward the end of the Cardassian occupation of Bajor in 2369. The station had some major problems, including a trap left by the Bajoran resistance that nearly killed everyone on the station when it was accidentally activated by the new tenants. In 2369, the Bajorans assumed control of the station; the Bajoran provisional government requested the assistance of the United Federation of Planets, who renamed it Deep Space Nine and placed Commander Benjamin Sisko in command. Despite the Federation presence, the station remains subject to Bajoran law. Shortly after Sisko assumed command, his crew discovered the Bajoran wormhole; the station was moved to the mouth of the wormhole to secure Bajor's claim to it, after which the station assumed great commercial and strategic importance. After the encounter with the Dominion in 2370, in which the Galaxy-class USS Odyssey was destroyed by just three Dominion vessels and owing to other threats, it became obvious that the station's existing occupation-era weapons would be woefully inadequate defending the station.
The station's weapons and defensive systems were heavily upgraded. The upgrades included the installation of multiple rotary torpedo launchers on the docking pylons and weapons sail towers, stowable phaser banks that retract when not in use and improved shields that extend 300 meters around the station; the total torpedo inventory was increased to 5,000. These upgrades were first used against the Klingons in their offensive against Cardassia in early 2372. At the beginning of the Dominion War in late 2373, the station was temporarily lost to the Dominion. In early 2374, Federation and Klingon forces retook it after the Battle of Bajor. Aside from a failed Bajoran military coup, the Dominion's occupation, a brief leave of absence from late 2374 to early 2375, promoted to captain in 2371, remained in command of Deep Space Nine. In late 2375, at the end of the Dominion War, Colonel Kira Nerys assumed command. In the continu
Tapestry (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
"Tapestry" is the 15th episode of the sixth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 141st overall. It was released on February 15, 1993, in broadcast syndication. Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the Federation starship Enterprise. Ronald D. Moore was credited with writing the episode, but the basis of the story was a collaborative effort from the writing crew. "Tapestry" was directed with the title coming from executive producer Michael Piller. In this episode, Q allows a deceased Captain Jean-Luc Picard to re-visit a pivotal event in his youth that he since regrets. Picard changes the past, but upon returning to the present he finds that it made him the man he became, he returns once more to the past and returns it to the way it took place. Picard wakes up in the present, unsure if the events took place or if it was as a result of his injury. A number of screen used props were used, including some from the 1956 film The Ten Commandments, from previous episodes.
The white room scenes were problematic as there were concerns that the all-white robe worn by de Lancie would make him appear to be a floating head on camera. While Moore was pleased with the episode, Piller was not and some fans complained that it glorified violence. "Tapestry" received Nielsen ratings of 13.8 percent, critics responded positively with praise directed to the chemistry between Stewart and de Lancie. During a diplomatic mission, Captain Picard is rushed to sick bay due to severe, unexpected injuries. After dying from his wounds, he awakes to find himself in an otherworldly realm, where he is greeted by the god-like alien Q. Q explains that the peculiar weapon that shot Picard damaged his artificial heart, that a natural heart would have survived. Picard lost his original heart as a young officer, when he was stabbed during a bar brawl, an event he regrets, but which led to him becoming the disciplined and restrained man he is today; when Picard remarks that he would do things differently if he could relive that moment, Q sends Picard back in time to two days before the brawl, where he meets with fellow cadets and friends Corey Zweller and Marta Batanides.
They are surprised by Picard's change of personality. Zweller is cheated by a group of Nausicaans at a bar game, plans his revenge by rigging the next match; when the Nausicaans lose, they goad Zweller. Instead of joining the fight as he did before, Picard holds Zweller back, averting tragedy but humiliating his friend. Corey leaves him in disgust. Marta is attracted by Picard's unexpectedly mature behavior and has a one-night stand with him, but it complicates their friendship. Q returns Picard to the Enterprise in the present. Instead of being captain, Picard is a junior science officer who has led an unremarkable career doing routine work. Picard consults Commander Riker and Counselor Troi, who explain that his aversion to risk means he has never distinguished himself. Picard confronts Q, who tells him that although the fight with the Nausicaan nearly cost him his life, it gave him a sense of his mortality, it taught him. Picard realizes that his attempts to suppress and ignore the consequences of his indiscretions have resulted in him losing a part of himself.
Picard declares. Q sends him back to the bar fight and events unfold as they did with Picard being stabbed through the heart and laughing as he collapses to the floor. Picard awakens in sickbay, a Captain again; as Picard recovers from his injury, he wonders whether his journey into the past was one of Q's tricks or a dream. Regardless, he is grateful for the insight; this was the first time that Ronald D. Moore wrote a Q-based episode, he was excited by the idea of giving Picard a near death experience and Q appearing to the Captain as if he were God, his plan for "Tapestry" was to follow a similar path to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, but with Q playing a similar role to the three ghosts in Dickens' story. Moore envisaged three stages to the story, one where Picard is attacked and needs an artificial heart, another with Picard as a child and a third based on the USS Stargazer, he pitched the idea to executive producer Michael Piller. The combination of that disapproval and the expected cost of filming because of the additional sets required meant that the episode had to be trimmed.
Moore discussed the idea with other members of the writing staff. It had been mentioned in the episodes "Samaritan Snare" and "Final Mission", they compared Picard to Captain James T. Kirk, they saw Picard being a wildchild during his time at Starfleet Academy, only to become more serious later. The reverse for true for Kirk, with the staff describing him as a "bookworm" while at the Academy and only becoming "crazy" once posted to a starship. Together, they sought for a way to support Picard's claim in "Samaritan Snare" that he laughed when he was stabbed. Story editor René Echevarria said that "It made us all think we had come up with the right story for the premise and tying that together, I think it's one of the finest efforts ever." While Moore called the episode "A Q Carol" based on the original premise, but Piller was the one to suggest "Tapestry" as he said "you have to learn to set your part of the tapestry of your life". However the writers could not remember the source of the "whi
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry. It aired from September 28, 1987 to May 23, 1994 on syndication, spanning 178 episodes over the course of seven seasons; the third series in the Star Trek franchise, it is the second sequel to Star Trek: The Original Series. Set in the 24th century, when Earth is part of a United Federation of Planets, it follows the adventures of a Starfleet starship, the USS Enterprise-D, in its exploration of the Milky Way galaxy. After the cancellation of The Original Series in 1969, the Star Trek franchise had continued with Star Trek: The Animated Series and a series of films, all featuring the original cast. In the 1980s, franchise creator Roddenberry decided to create a new series, featuring a new crew embarking on their mission a century after that of The Original Series; the Next Generation featured a new crew that starred Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Jonathan Frakes as Commander William Riker, Brent Spiner as Lt. Commander Data, Michael Dorn as Lieutenant Worf, LeVar Burton as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge, Marina Sirtis as counselor Deanna Troi, Gates McFadden as Dr. Beverly Crusher, a new Enterprise.
An introductory statement featured at the beginning of each episode's title sequence stated the ship's purpose in language similar to the opening statement of the original Star Trek series, but was updated to reflect an ongoing mission and to be gender-neutral: Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise, its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before. Roddenberry, Maurice Hurley, Rick Berman, Michael Piller, Jeri Taylor served as executive producers at various times throughout its production; the show was popular, reaching 12 million viewers in its 5th season, with the series finale in 1994 being watched by over 30 million viewers. TNG premiered the week of September 28, 1987, drawing 27 million viewers, with the two-hour pilot "Encounter at Farpoint". In total, 176 episodes were made, ending with the two-hour finale "All Good Things..." the week of May 23, 1994. The series was broadcast in first-run syndication with dates and times varying among individual television stations.
Several Star Trek series followed The Next Generation: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Discovery. The series formed the basis for the seventh through the tenth of the Star Trek films, is the setting of numerous novels, comic books, video games. In its seventh season, Star Trek: The Next Generation became the first and only syndicated television series to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series; the series received a number of accolades, including 19 Emmy Awards, two Hugo Awards, five Saturn Awards, "The Big Goodbye" won a Peabody Award. Some of the highest rated episodes were the pilot, the finale, the two-part "Unification", "Aquiel", "A Matter of Time", "Relics". Four episodes featured actors DeForest Kelley, Mark Lenard, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan from the original Star Trek reprising their original roles; the Star Trek franchise originated in the late 1960s, with the Star Trek television show which ran from 1966-1969.
Star Trek: The Next Generation would mark the return of Star Trek to live-action broadcast television. As early as 1972, Paramount Pictures started to consider making a Star Trek film because of the show's popularity in syndication. However, with 1977's release of Star Wars, Paramount decided not to compete in the science fiction movie category and shifted their efforts to a new Star Trek television series; the Original Series actors were approached to reprise their roles. By 1986, 20 years after the original Star Trek's debut on NBC, the franchise's longevity amazed Paramount Pictures executives. Chairman Frank Mancuso Sr. and others described it as the studio's "crown jewel", a "priceless asset" that "must not be squandered". The series was the most popular syndicated television program 17 years after cancellation, the Harve Bennett-produced, Original Series-era Star Trek films did well at the box office. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy's salary demands for the film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home caused the studio to plan for a new Star Trek television series.
Paramount executives worried that a new series could hurt the demand for the films, but decided that it would increase their appeal on videocassette and cable, that a series with unknown actors would be more profitable than paying the films' actors' large salaries. Roddenberry declined to be involved, but came on board as creator after being unhappy with early conceptual work. Star Trek: The Next Generation was announced on October 10, 1986, its cast in May 1987. Paramount executive Rick Berman was assigned to the series at Roddenberry's request. Roddenberry hired a number of Star Trek veterans, including Bob Justman, D. C. Fontana, Eddie Milkis and David Gerrold. Early proposals for the series included one in which some of the original series cast might appear as "elder statesmen", Roddenberry speculated as late as October 1986 that the new series might not use a spaceship, as "people might travel by some means" 100 years after the USS Enterpris