Pre-TNG Ferengi

Story: Acquisition
Written By: Maria & André Jacquemetton
Series: Star Trek: Enterprise
Year: 2002

Goddamnit. Federation eyes first saw the Ferengi in TNG’s first season. That is non-disputable! And despite the writers having Tellarites, Andorians, Vulcans, Klingons, and Romulans to explore in this show…they decide to just go back to what is familiar for them, and rehash the Ferengi in this pretty terrible episode.
The only thing it does is have Tucker run around in his underwear (for the ladies), and wastes the talents of Clint Howard and Jeffrey Combs, and even Ethan Phillips (who by this point has made a whole career out of being wasted on Trek). Our main cast is mostly incapacitated so they don’t do much, and it adds nothing about the Ferengi we didn’t already know.

It kind of gives you the feeling this crew kept some shitty logs, why were the Ferengi completely unknown when the Enterprise-D first encountered them in the 24th Century? Why is there no photographic evidence of them? Does this ship have no security cameras AT ALL?

The episode wasn’t fun or clever or interesting, and it just left you feeling like this wasn’t any bold new take on Trek at all, as Berman and Braga liked to exclaim, but it was just more of the same from the 24th Century Trek Era, the only thing these guys knew how to do.

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