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Old September 26 2013, 08:25 PM   #1
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Ferangi threat

In the earliest Ferangi episodes they were portrayed as a pretty serious threat. They would go to battle and pretty much despised humans. Then they started to grow into comedy characters. By DS9 the Ferangis were kind of cariacture of what they once were and pretty much used as the focal points for comedy based episodes. What happened with the Ferangis? Did the writers decide it was better to use Romulans and newer aliens as the chief threats? Did the fans backlash against them?
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Old September 26 2013, 09:13 PM   #2
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They -tried- to make the Ferengi a threat in early TNG. Instead they got a bunch of midgets jumping around like monkeys and no one took them seriously. So naturally they fell into the role of comic relief later on and in DS9.
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Old September 26 2013, 09:34 PM   #3
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I don't think it's right to say they despised humans, so much as they would do any nasty thing they needed to if it made them profit. But despite their angular mincing gait and ridiculous accents, other than Damon Bok it wasn't personal.

I like the way the writers called out the hypocrisy of the Ferengi portrayal. Quark goes around preaching "What's worse, a laissez-faire economy, or slavery and the holocaust?"

It is true, in early TNG Ferengi warships were a military match for Federation ships, and later in TNG then in DS9 their ships were barely armed and defenseless.
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Old September 26 2013, 09:47 PM   #4
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Actually I think in season 1 they just said the Marauder was as fast as and generated as much power as the Galaxy class. Their weapons always seemed underpowered when they didn't take them by surprise. I always figured they're just giant cargo ships pretty much designed to get to and from places quick so they can make money.
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Old September 26 2013, 10:34 PM   #5
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I got the notion that they despised humans because of how repulsed they got by the clothing on females. Plus despite not being personal, the Ferangis still seemed to dislike the humans. It wasn't untill a few years into TNG that the Ferangis were portrayed as comical interstellar salesmen for the most part.
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Old September 26 2013, 10:54 PM   #6
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Re: Ferangi threat

The Ferengi where not much of a threat. When your "threat" are bunch of growling, hissing, monkeys screeching at the sound of thunder and lightning it's hard to take them as much of a threat.
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Old September 27 2013, 04:36 PM   #7
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What ever happened to that lazer whip they had?
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Old September 27 2013, 04:48 PM   #8
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Christopher L. Bennett provides an explanation for this in The Buried Age. According to his book, Grand Nagus Zek had only heard rumors of the Federation through third parties (kind of like the explanation provided for why the Hansons were so interested in the Borg) and had concluded that with its moneyless economy and inherent altruism, the Federation as a whole must be insane and therefore dangerous. As a result, Zek began a military build-up of Ferengi starships and paid intermediaries to spread rumors about the mighty Ferengi Empire to make them seem more threatening than they were.

Later, when contact was formally made and relations established, Zek realized that the Federation was neither insane nor dangerous and he stopped the rumors and let the Federation (and the audience) see the real Ferengi.
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Old September 27 2013, 05:01 PM   #9
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Re: Ferangi threat

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What ever happened to that lazer whip they had?
The 22nd-century Ferengi borrowed it and never gave it back.
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Old September 27 2013, 05:02 PM   #10
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^^^
That works for me.
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Old September 27 2013, 05:36 PM   #11
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Armin Shimmerman was one of those original Ferengi. He said in DS9 he took personal responsibility to, through Quark, "erase" those first Ferengi
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Old September 27 2013, 06:19 PM   #12
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In Enterprise, some Ferengi are presented as pirates, as well as merchants, so the concept of losing shipping to them, hence their potential danger, would not have been unknown. Additionally, the only species definately known (on screen) to the Federation that are likely to have contact with the Ferengi, prior to the official first contact with the Fed are the Cardassians, possibly Bajorans and maybe Talarians, hence limited or incorrect intel. Maybe, at some point the Ferengi did have to defend themselves against Cardassian aggression and did well enough to maintain their independence, and somehow intel on a species who could hold their own against Cardassians, given the Federation's own trouble with Cardassians, would seem to be a potential threat. This would also conveniently 'explain' the late forst contact with this advanced specied, located not too far from home - the ferengi were tied up with Cardassians, and, until the Cardassian Wars, there was no border between Ferengi territory and the Fed, and that access between the two was only created when Cardassian territory shrunk after the war.
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Old September 27 2013, 06:37 PM   #13
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Silvercrest wrote: View Post
bbjeg wrote: View Post
What ever happened to that lazer whip they had?
The 22nd-century Ferengi borrowed it and never gave it back.
The Marauder Mo action figures Quark had were carrying those whips.

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Old September 27 2013, 06:55 PM   #14
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^Heh, at least they didn't act like it never happened.
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Old September 27 2013, 09:24 PM   #15
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Those Ferengi were terrible but the whips were awesome.
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