Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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False Profits 

Voyager comes across a pair of Alpha Quadrant Ferengis who have set themselves up as gods on a primitive planet. Voyager wants to end their reign and use the nearby wormhole to return home.


Cliff Bole


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Commander Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lieutenant Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lieutenant Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Dan Shor ... Arridor
Leslie Jordan ... Kol
Michael Ensign ... Bard
Rob LaBelle ... Kafar
Alan Altshuld ... Sandalmaker
John Walter Davis John Walter Davis ... Merchant


Voyager finds two Ferengi who came to the Delta Quadrant via the Barzan Wormhole using their superior technology to be gods to a primitive culture. (See Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Price.") The Voyager crew wants to stop the reign of these false gods while using the wormhole to get home. Written by laird-3

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2 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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This takes place in 2373. See more »


Tuvok and Harry Kim's description of what happened during the negotiation of the wormhole is inaccurate. Harry states that no one knew at the time that the wormhole lead to the Delta Quadrant but Data and Geordi La Forge established this when they returned from exploring the wormhole. Tuvok also states that the Ferengi made "a nefarious attempt to secure the wormhole" but this is also incorrect. The Ferengi were also exploring the wormhole in their own shuttle at the same time Data and LaForge but refused to return when Data determined that the wormhole was not stable, therefor stranding the Ferengi in the Delta Quadrant. See more »


Lieutenant Tuvok: Captain, I must remind you that the Ferengi are not members of the Federation. They are not bound by the Prime Directive. Nor would it seem that the Prime Directive would allow us to interfere with the internal affairs of this society, as much as we may disapprove of what the Ferengi are doing.
Captain Kathryn Janeway: The Federation did host the negotiations. And if it weren't for those negotiations, the Ferengi wouldn't be here. So one could say - without being unreasonable, I think - that the Federation is partially...
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Price (1989) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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how not to get a stranded crew home.
19 April 2009 | by rgarfielSee all my reviews

Yes, they have to keep the show going, but this episode shows one of the great flaws in "Voyager" as a concept. Janeway should be doing everything she can to get her crew home; after all, she was the one who got them stranded in the Delta Quadrant in the first place. So, with the wormhole almost upon them, and the way home there for the taking, Janeway instead plays games with an alien planet and two miserable Ferengi, and almost literally misses the bus. Even so, once she transports the Ferengi to the ship, shouldn't they be tied up like cattle and guarded by several well-armed crewmen, who would realize that keeping the Ferengi on ice is their ticket back to Earth? Janeway's sympathy for the inhabitants of the planet must take a back-seat to her primary mission. This episode, like so many Trek shows, in all the series, could be sub-titled "liberals in space." Great morality back on Earth, no so hot when exiled 75,000 light-years from home.

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