The Nagus

The Nagus is the first episode which features Ferengi culture in a big way, introducing us to Grand Nagus Zek, the overall leader of the Ferengi people who embodies everything that the Ferengis value – principally, greed and business acumen, so Capitalism personified, if you like, and Quark seems to worship him.

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I really can’t stand Zek as a character although I do like the actor, Wallace Shawn – Vizzini from The Princess Bride. I’m sure he is meant to convey some important truths, beyond being a foil for Quark’s character, but he’s just way too annoying for me to notice. Plus I know there is a reference to the Godfather films, but I just don’t get it as I have never seen them. If anybody cares to explain why the Godfather is so popular, feel free. It’s not really on my radar. The nearest I come to watching gangster movies is Bugsy Malone.

Quark’s character development is interesting, as is Rom’s, who reveals himself to be far more devious than his brother had imagined, which thoroughly impresses Quark even though it nearly kills him!

The other interesting development, the sub-plot, is Jake’s friendship with Nog, and the way that Jake and Sisko’s relationship – even at this early juncture – is beginning to grow and change as Jake gets older and starts making his own choices.

I remember my middle son being horrified by Sisko’s apparent racism against Nog, not wanting Jake and Nog to be friends (not to mention the Bajorans’ continued racism against all Cardassians, amongst other examples), but drawing attention to racism and busting race and gender stereotypes is something that Star Trek has always done well. At least until JJ, but that’s another story.

I liked that, when Sisko asks Jadzia for parenting advice, she says “I’ve been a mother three times and a father twice,” but then admits that she was never really very good at it from either side. But then Sisko still takes her advice and chases after Jake to find out why he wasn’t at dinner!

While I was looking for different opinions on this episode, I found this interesting post:
http://andraste.dreamwidth.org/174446.html?thread=1581166&style=light

But then I went off on a bit of a rabbit-trail, totally unrelated to DS9, to investigate the origin and meaning of the poster’s username, Andraste.

Andraste_WoT

It turns out that Andraste was the Roman name of a Celtic goddess, Andred, invoked by the legendary Boudicca of the Iceni in her fight against the Romans in Britain, her name thought to mean ‘invincible’ in the Celtic tongue, and cognate with the Roman goddesses Andarte/ Andarta, Victoria and others.

Andraste
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andraste

In addition, Andraste is the name of a band from Manchester,
who describe themselves as being “Purveyors of Finest Folk Metal” (my favourite kind!)
http://andraste.co.uk/
Check them out on Soundcloud. I really liked their sound until the singing started. Sorry. Nice flute.

andraste

Finally, Andraste is also a character in the videogame DragonAge, which I’m guessing is from whence the poster took the name.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Age

I haven’t really investigated video games very much at all – I’m just a bit too old to have caught it when it all got good. It was all still Commodores and Spectrums, Pacman and Space Invaders when I was young enough to have disposable income and time to spend on such things. But now all my kids are teenagers themselves, I might have another chance to explore. Hit me up with suggestions of good ones to start with!

LLAP!

Archive: My Open Diary Categories

The following were my categories/ interests on the original blog on Open Diary. The posts themselves are lost, but it will give you a flavour of what you might expect from my writing.

Celtica
Chick Flicks
Classical Music
Crunchy Mamas
Dark Skies
Domesticity
Folk Music
Gattaca
Grey’s Anatomy
Heavy Metal
Hebrew Roots of Christianity
Hitchiker’s Guide to the…
Homeschooling
House
Ikea
Israel
Jazz
Jewish
Judaism
Large Families
Martian Chronicles
Matisyahu
Matrix
Messianic Believers
O.A.
Open Diary Addicts
Quantum Leap
Red Dwarf
Reggae
Scandinavia
Sci-Fi
Sliders
Social Networking
Space 1999
Star Trek
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Wars
Stargate
Stargate SG-1
Terry Pratchett
Trekkies
Yahweh/Yahshua
Zippy

I’m adding the few that I think I am likely to use again this time round, which are primarily the science-fiction-related categories. I have also added the category of Doctor Who, because although I loved Classic Who as a child, I had not discovered New Who when I wrote the original blog in 2006. In fact, I didn’t watch any of the new seasons until last year, but now I have discovered it, I am a big fan (as you can see from my ‘current emanation’ avatar, Amelia Pond.