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Old October 27 2013, 06:39 PM   #31
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Re: Throwing the Ferengi out with the bath water?

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I thought Ferengi did that by clanging the bars together and looking for the ding.

Something I would have loved to see in a Ferengi plot is, the Ferengi are going around to non-spacefaring planets in Federation space and selling them modern technology. This could have ended up in Quark-worthy debates.

"How dare you arrogant Federation types decide which cultures get to join your galactic civilization and which don't? We Ferengi are providing an opportunity for billions of people to share the same wealth you possess."

"And profiting off it in the meantime!"

"We make profits, they get to advance centuries in a matter of weeks. Everybody wins!"

Then they could turn that into a real debate over the prime directive and we could see some planets doing well with it and others destroying themselves.
That would've made them more interesting if they were competing with the Federation for winning hearts and minds like this. Not every directly involving themselves, but definitely influencing things from behind the scenes for their own benefit, while smiling benevolently and promising it's all for the best.
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Old October 27 2013, 06:57 PM   #32
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Re: Throwing the Ferengi out with the bath water?

Fajo was a better merchant villain then any Ferengi, he was pretending to be helpful to the Enterprise before his villainous intentions were revealed.

The Ferengi should have been more like slick 80s business men, rather then generic warriors, they pretend to be your friend before stabbing you in the back.
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Old October 28 2013, 12:00 AM   #33
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Re: Throwing the Ferengi out with the bath water?

JirinPanthosa wrote: View Post
I thought Ferengi did that by clanging the bars together and looking for the ding.

Something I would have loved to see in a Ferengi plot is, the Ferengi are going around to non-spacefaring planets in Federation space and selling them modern technology. This could have ended up in Quark-worthy debates.

"How dare you arrogant Federation types decide which cultures get to join your galactic civilization and which don't? We Ferengi are providing an opportunity for billions of people to share the same wealth you possess."

"And profiting off it in the meantime!"

"We make profits, they get to advance centuries in a matter of weeks. Everybody wins!"

Then they could turn that into a real debate over the prime directive and we could see some planets doing well with it and others destroying themselves.
And professional writers missed this opportunity?! Just thinking about what you've said, the potential storylines just seem to suggest themselves right out of the air!
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Old October 28 2013, 04:06 AM   #34
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Re: Throwing the Ferengi out with the bath water?

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JirinPanthosa wrote: View Post
I thought Ferengi did that by clanging the bars together and looking for the ding.

Something I would have loved to see in a Ferengi plot is, the Ferengi are going around to non-spacefaring planets in Federation space and selling them modern technology. This could have ended up in Quark-worthy debates.

"How dare you arrogant Federation types decide which cultures get to join your galactic civilization and which don't? We Ferengi are providing an opportunity for billions of people to share the same wealth you possess."

"And profiting off it in the meantime!"

"We make profits, they get to advance centuries in a matter of weeks. Everybody wins!"

Then they could turn that into a real debate over the prime directive and we could see some planets doing well with it and others destroying themselves.
That would've made them more interesting if they were competing with the Federation for winning hearts and minds like this. Not every directly involving themselves, but definitely influencing things from behind the scenes for their own benefit, while smiling benevolently and promising it's all for the best.
They might've worked out better as Space Mafia types, who also worked as Businessmen as their fronts.

And employ various aliens as their Front Spokespeople and their Muscle as well. Why bother putting themselves in danger when you can hire some Nausicaans to fight for you?

The play-doh people from fluidic space?
Yes, the 8472 aliens.

I suppose if TNG had introduced the 8472 aliens instead no one would care?
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Old October 28 2013, 04:33 AM   #35
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Re: Throwing the Ferengi out with the bath water?

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And employ various aliens as their Front Spokespeople and their Muscle as well. Why bother putting themselves in danger when you can hire some Nausicaans to fight for you?
That's sort of how the Founders ran the Dominion.
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Old October 28 2013, 05:30 AM   #36
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And employ various aliens as their Front Spokespeople and their Muscle as well. Why bother putting themselves in danger when you can hire some Nausicaans to fight for you?
That's sort of how the Founders ran the Dominion.
Except in this case, it'd be different aliens each time to keep suspicions low. With the Jem'Hadar, they were there to specifically make it clear it was the Dominion.

Heck, why not have Ferengi Equivalents to the East Indian Company or the Hudson's Bay Company?
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Old October 28 2013, 06:37 AM   #37
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Wow, reading all these neat Ferengi ideas, it really makes me look forward to this Star Trek: The Next Generation series!
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Old October 31 2013, 02:17 PM   #38
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Re: Throwing the Ferengi out with the bath water?

I happen to like the 'evolution' of the Ferengi, as it makes perfect sense that in a society that is driven by greed and avarice, you'd have people like the The Last Post Ferengi and DaiMon Bok existing alongside the likes of Quark, Gaila, Goss, and Zekk, and honestly don't think the Ferengi would have been as interesting if they'd been written and portrayed the same way from the beginning.
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