Favorite Garak moments! Go!

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  1. Melakon

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    I don't remember the episode, but there was a scene where they needed to get an unofficial warning to Cardassia for some reason (Klingon invasion?), so Sisko has Garak come measure him for a suit during a staff meeting.

    Garak listens as details come out, and Sisko asks if he's finished measuring.

    "Yes, I think I have all that I need," says Garak and hurries out.
     
  2. Steven

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    Garak and Quark's conversation about root beer in The Way of the Warrior:

    G: "It's vile."
    Q: "I know. It's so bubbly and cloying and happy."
    G: "Just like the Federation."
    Q: "But you know what's really frightening? If you drink enough of it, you start to like it."
    G: "It's insidious."
    Q: "Just like the Federation."

    And of course, who could forget Garak's interpretation of The Boy Who Cried Wolf? "You should never tell the same lie twice." :lol:
     
  3. ElimParra

    ElimParra Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    ^ I love that scene in way of the warrior. I asked arm in about it, at a con last year. That scene and where Garak gets the last word in the pale moonlight.
     
  4. Melakon

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    This wonderful scene almost got cut for time.
     
  5. lurok

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    Not a scene as such, but his whole skeptical fascination in Our Man Bashir is pure joy.

    And the look on his face when Julian shoots him. Priceless.

    Guy's a frakkin' acting god.
     
  6. Mage

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    Actually, I always understood that scene was shot as filler, and they did it in several ways, mostly with a comedy twist to it. Then, they did the scene more dramatic as shown, and everyone loved it.

    I looked it up, and we're both right appereantly. :D

    The scene between Garak and Quark in which they discuss root beer was added late in production because the episode was coming up a minute or two short. Armin Shimerman and Andrew Robinson wanted to play the scene with an obvious layer of subtext, but director James L. Conway felt it should be played exclusively for laughs. In the end, Ira Steven Behr came down on the subtext side of the debate, saying of the scene "it was never meant as a joke. It was two aliens giving their individual viewpoints about what it was like to live under the Federation. They have serious problems with the whole Federation philosophy, and the fact that it's such a behemoth organization. But at the same time... even though they question the giant, they want the giant on their side when they're in trouble." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 261)
    According to Ronald D. Moore, when the show was finished it was actually too long, and there was some discussion about whether to cut the root beer scene. Moore fought for it to remain, as it was his favorite scene in the episode. It was almost cut again when the episode was cut into two parts for syndication. He noted, "A great scene. Andy and Armin played it so well, and it's one of the stand-out moments of the season, if not the series. That's always what DS9 is good at, these characters." (Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages, p. 105)


    As for (one of) my favorite Garak scene; when Dukat arrives at the station in By Purgatory's Shadow and nearly strangles Garak because Garak is talking to Ziyal, Garak still has the nerve to say goodbye to Ziyal, saying to Dukat he does have a lovely daughter and that she must take after her mother.
     
  7. Ziz

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    Bashir tells Garak the story of "Peter and the Wolf".

    Garak: I trust there's a point to this story, doctor?
    Bashir: The point is that if you constantly lie, eventually no one will believe you when you're telling the truth.
    Garak: Are you sure that's the only point?
    Bashir: What else could it be?
    Garak: Don't tell the same lie twice.
     
  8. R. Star

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    Another reason DS9 is my favorite species. Even obvious filler material was relevant and usually full of wonderful character material.
     
  9. Use of Time

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    The Wire - One of my favorite episodes in all of Star Trek. Garek and Bashir have such great chemistry in this one.
     
  10. Ryva Brall

    Ryva Brall Commander Red Shirt

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    Hahaha! I love it. Garak has got to be one of the cheekiest Cardassians in history.

    I LOVE The Wire. It's the first time we see Garak drop his cheery facade, and get a glimpse of the complex, tortured person underneath. Robinson is amazing in that episode. I'm surprised it took until late Season Two for the writers to realize what an asset he was to them. Up until The Wire, he was sadly under-used.

    Also, I wonder: if all of Garak's stories about how he became an exile are true... then which parts? Obviously not the part about his "friend" Elim, because Garak IS Elim. Was he saying that he betrayed himself?

    Oy. Sorry. I know, if this became a Garak Speculation thread, it could go on forever.
     
  11. lurok

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    "Spare me your insipid psychobabble. I'm not some quivering neurotic who feels sorry for himself because his daddy wasn't nice. You couldn't begin to understand me!"

    Ironically his daddy wasn't nice.
     
  12. USS Firefly

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    I also love Garak, I recommend "A stitch in time" for everyone who likes Garak.

    It's simple, all parts are true, especially the lies :)
     
  13. Ryva Brall

    Ryva Brall Commander Red Shirt

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    I've heard nothing but good things about that book. I suppose I'll just have to read it. If I can find it anywhere!

    Insufficient! *shakes fist*
     
  14. JirinPanthosa

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    I think Garak was just trying to drop elements of truth fictitiously.

    It's never confirmed what he actually did but strongly implied it was humanitarian.
     
  15. Melakon

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    I got the overall impression he either had a crisis of conscience, or just stepped on the wrong toes.
     
  16. Tiberius

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    In "The Search"...

    Suddenly two Jem'Hadar appear around
    the corner.

    JEM'HADAR SOLDIER
    Halt. Put down your weapons.

    Without missing a beat Garak points his phaser at Sisko and
    the others.

    GARAK
    By all means Commander, do as he
    says.

    BASHIR
    Garak?

    GARAK
    You heard me Doctor.

    Sisko and the others toss down their weapons.

    GARAK
    Good.

    Garak moves towards the Jem'Hadar soldiers, his phaser held
    loosely by his side.

    GARAK
    I'm glad to see everything's going
    according to plan.

    The Jem'Hadar seem as surprised by Garak's action as our
    heroes do.

    JEM'HADAR SOLDIER
    What plan is that?

    GARAK
    Didn't anyone tell you? You see, I
    pretend to be their friend... and
    then I shoot you.

    And before the Jem'Hadar soldiers can react Garak raises his
    weapon and blows them both away.
     
  17. BennyRussel

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    Garak: "Are you sure that's the point, Doctor?"
    Bashir: "Of course. What else could it be?"
    Garak: "That you should never tell the same lie twice."
    ...
    Garak: "The truth is usually just an excuse for lack of imagination."
    ....
    Odo: "You'd shoot a man in the back?"
    Garak: "Well, it's the safest way, isn't it?"
     
  18. Ryva Brall

    Ryva Brall Commander Red Shirt

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    Because the episode is fresh in my mind, pretty much everything Garak says in "Our Man Bashir". But especially:

    "If I were in your shoes, I'd grab a bottle of champagne and shoot me."

    "I must say, Doctor, this is more than I ever wanted to know about your fantasy life."

    "Kiss the girl, get the key. They never taught me that in the Obsidian Order."
     
  19. Rush Limborg

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    TBH, the joke doesn't reach his peak until the next line:

    "Thanks to you, my injuries are fully healed--but the damage I did to them...will last a lifetime! :D"
     
  20. Flying Spaghetti Monster

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    My favorite lines:

    "You know, I think that actually helped my back."

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    "A wonderful move on the part of the major. You should have been paying attention..."

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    "Let's... haggle!"

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    Congratulations, captain, you wanted them angry; they're angry!"

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    "Cadet, there may be hope for you yet."

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    "perfect. How are you?"

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    "What makes you think I haven't already. (beat) I'm joking, of course."

    (same scene)
    "I thought you'd appreciate it on an aesthetic level."

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    "If I don't return within 52 hours, I want you to take that rod, and EAT it."

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    "It's best not to dwell on such minutia."

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    "You never told me that you had a secret mountain hideaway."

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    "Secure is such a relative term, don't you think?"

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    "Let me guess: you're either lost, or desperately searching for a good tailor."

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    "Unlucky for you, my sewing kit went down with the ship."

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    "Where you offer kindness, I offer mystery. Where you offer sympathy, I offer intrigue. Just give me a seat next to Odo's bed and I promise you I'll conjure up enough innuendos, half-truths and bald-faced lies about my so-called career in the Obsidian Order to keep the Constable distracted for days."

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    (upon being told that he final words are not permitted before his execution)

    "How disappointing."

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    "I'll be along shortly to say... hello."

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