Quotes Suitable for Framing: Quark

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 “Don’t push the pinkskins to the thin ice.”

Andorian maxim

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  1. I never really got into DS9. What episode is that?
    Alas, I think Quark was not quite accurate. It takes less than that to turn humans into worse than Klingons. One need only look at the decidedly well fed “home grown terrorists” in the States, Belgium, France, etc. Heck, the Middle East has been a mess since the beginning of time.
    A little bit boredom and idle hands are all Satan needs to have a grand time.

  2. Siege of ar-558.

    In many ways Deep Space Nine was the best of the Trek series. It presented a more realistic, if we can use that term in regard to science fiction, look at the Federation as a polity, rather than the completely improbable utopia hatched from the brain of Gene Roddenberry.

    Quark was making a general comment about our species and not looking at the worst examples.

  3. Trivia: The title for “siege of ar-558” was derived from the production number.

    DS9 is one of the best, there’s a lot of reasons why SF Debris constantly praises it and as he pointed out in one video, it’s because – especially compared to the other series (save maybe the original), DS9 was the one that most often, if presented with a choice between taking a chance and playing it safe, it would take the risk.

    It was also the series that most liked to tackle a really thorny moral dilemma, and not provide an answer. Just… “this is what is” and let the viewer struggle through their own conclusions.

    “I can live with it.”

    And of course there was Garak, hands down my most fave Trek character of all time. On one of my first computers I replaced most of my windows sounds with quotes from him.

  4. I do remember Quark and Garak having some good lines. My son really liked DSP and would always pull me over to the computer to listen to this or that thing. I may have to go back and watch it.

  5. The quote about pink skins came from the Vulcan Ambassador citing an Andorian aphorism in the Battle of Axanar.

  6. Still a favorite– they really did do some tough choices type storylines, and it was like someone on the show had some faint familiarity with traditional philosophy while doing it. (Reading about basic moral reasoning in the Church ruined a lot of the old trek shows– the questions are old! Worn down, and they never did it in a way that made it really tough.)

    The less said about DS9’s theology, the better, but and there were a decent number of idiot ball plots, but wow.

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