Along with Little Green Men, The Bar Association has always been one of my favourite Deep Space Nine Ferengi episodes. My all time favourite Ferengi episode is The Battle. I always loved how Rom and the rest of Quark’s workers stood up in unison against the unfairness of their employment contracts, terms and working conditions. In particular how they stood up to liquidator Brunt and the Ferengi Commerce Commission. It was funny when Rom quoted Karl Marx and said “Workers of the World, UNITE!”. Ultimately, this all leads to Rom deciding to take a career change and follow his dream in becoming a station technician. If Rom had never become a technician then the Dominion would not have been held back during the Dominion War by the self replicating cloaking minefield which he invented. It was also good to learn more back story about Chief O’Brien, whose ancestor Sean O’Brien was an inspirational union leader. It was a shame that Worf, O’Brien and Bashir had a fight as a result of their differences in opinion about the union and the closure of Quark’s bar, but this was a momentary blip in their developing friendship which is ironed out over subsequent episodes. Worf felt uncomfortable being redeployed to Deep Space Nine and was obviously getting frustrated at being stationed there… he must have developed ‘cabin fever’ whilst sleeping in that small Defiant bunk bed. I think that a good moral to take away from this episode is that it is *good* to be in a union if one is available to you. I am in one, are you?