Chairman of Slug-o-Cola, a powerful voice within the Ferengi Commerce Authority. In order to secure support for Zek when Brunt attempted to usurp the role of Grand Nagus in 2374, Quark became a female to beguile the oomox-starved Nilva.
Grand Nagus Zek and Ishka, Quark and Rom's mother, arrive on the station to announce that, thanks to his relationship with the proudly feminist Ishka, Zek has added a new amendment to the Ferengi Bill of Opportunities giving females equal rights. Unfortunately, this has plunged the entire Ferengi society into chaos, Zek has been deposed as Grand Nagus, and Liquidator Brunt is now Acting Grand Nagus — a position that will become permanent in three days. Sure that Ishka's amazing business sense will win them over, Zek invites the commissioners of the Ferengi Commerce Authority to the station, but cola magnate Nilva is the only one who agrees to a meeting.
Brunt arrives on the station and threatens to liquidate Quark and Zek. This prompts Quark to angrily confront his mother, who has a heart attack. While Bashir assures everyone she will survive, Ishka will be unable to meet with Nilva — leaving Zek without a Ferengi female to prove gender equality is a good idea. With no other choice, Quark allows Bashir to temporarily turn him into a female.
The procedure transforms Quark into a lovely female they call Lumba, and thanks to the hormones, an emotional wreck. Between crying jags, he studies his mother's notes and practices walking and talking like a female. When Nilva arrives a day early, Zek enlists Nog to distract the commissioner.
Nilva insists on seeing Zek immediately. On the way, he and Nog run into Brunt, who spills the beans about Ishka's condition. Nog leads Nilva to Rom's quarters, promising him a meeting with Zek's other female advisor, Lumba. Instantly smitten, Nilva decides to take Lumba to dinner. Quark is charming, easily convincing the commissioner that equal rights for females will expand the Ferengi economy. Unfortunately, he is so charming that Nilva invites him back to his quarters.
While Quark desperately fends off Nilva's romantic advances, Brunt suddenly bursts in to tell Nilva that Lumba is actually a male. Quark slips out of his dress, and his hormone-enhanced body convinces his suitor that he is all woman. Nilva promises to do everything he can to ensure Zek remains Grand Nagus, and Quark, having gained new insight into the female psyche, wins back his now-recovered mother's love.
Starfleet Academy cadet born in Tycho City on the Earth satellite Luna (known to natives as The Moon). Collins was a member of the elite Red Squad who embarked upon a three-month training cruise aboard the U.S.S. Valiant in 2374. The Valiant was caught behind enemy lines when the Dominion War broke out, and all the regular officers were killed, leaving the young cadets in charge of the ship. Collins was made acting chief petty officer under the command of acting captain Tim Watters. She greeted Jake Sisko and Ensign Nog when they were rescued by the Valiant, and she later treated Jake's wounds and befriended him. Her conversations with Jake caused her to become homesick, which led Watters to order Jake to stay away from Collins (an order which he later violated and was imprisoned for). When the over-confident Watters ordered his crew to attack a massive Dominion battleship, the Valiant was destroyed. Collins was the only member of Red Squad to survive that incident, having joined Nog and Jake in an escape pod and being rescued by the Defiant.
As a child Dorian loved to take hikes with her father upon the low-gravity surface of the Moon; she considered the barren, harsh environment to be beautiful. Every lunar morning (which occurred only once a month in Earth time) they would put on suits, hike across the Sea of Clouds and stop at the western rim to wait for the sun to come up. The lunar dawn was a shocking but highly spiritual experience for Dorian.
En route to Ferenginar, Jake and Nog are attacked by a Jem'Hadar vessel. When they are suddenly beamed aboard the U.S.S. Valiant, a Defiant-class warship, Nog recognizes the crew of young adults as Red Squad, an elite corps of Starfleet cadets. The 22-year-old captain, Tim Watters, explains that his crew, originally on a training mission, became trapped in Dominion space when the war broke out. All of the regular officers were killed, but before he died, the captain ordered Watters to assume command. With Starfleet unaware of the situation, Watters is trying to complete the Valiant's mission to gather data on a new Dominion battleship. Caught up in Watters's fervor, Nog agrees to join the crew as Chief Engineer.
While Nog and Watters hit it off, the captain is less enamored of Jake, the only civilian on the ship. When a member of his crew, Chief Collins, becomes homesick after speaking with Jake, Watters calls the young Sisko into his office and warns him to stay away from her.
Nog successfully completes his first assignment, which is to adjust the Valiant's warp capabilities, by making the same modifications he once saw O'Brien make to the Defiant. He proudly tells Jake of his accomplishment, but his friend is upset that Nog joined the Squad so quickly. Their conversation is suddenly interrupted when the ship goes to Red Alert — the target is in sight.
The crew carries out their mission without being detected, but Watters rallies them to now attempt to destroy the enemy ship. Although Jake says that the plan is too risky, Watters only has to remind the group that they're Red Squad — capable of doing anything — and the room erupts in cheers. Even Nog gives the plan his support. Later, Jake confronts his friend over what he believes is a suicide mission and reveals that he has spoken with Collins against orders. Watters, secretly watching on a monitor, has Jake arrested and sent to the Brig.
The battle begins, and the Valiant sustains heavy damage. When the torpedo specially rigged to destroy the Dominion ship doesn't work, the enemy retaliates by unleashing an all-out attack. Soon, Nog and Collins are the only two left standing. After freeing Jake from the Brig, the three manage to flee in an escape pod moments before the Valiant explodes. The Defiant picks up the three survivors, and Nog, shaken by the experience, resigns from Red Squad.
In 2374, the Valiant, a Defiant-class Federation starship, was under the command of Captain Ramirez. The ship was on a training mission to circumnavigate the Federation with a crew of cadets from Starfleet Academy's elite Red Squad.
The crew was trapped in Dominion space when the war broke out, and all of the regular officers were killed. Before he died, Ramirez ordered 22-year-old cadet, Tim Watters, to assume command. For eight months, Watters attempted to complete the Valiant's mission and gather data on a new Dominion battleship.
When the Valiant saved Jake Sisko and Nog from a Jem'Hadar ship, Nog joined the crew as chief engineer. While undertaking an impossible mission to destroy the deadly Dominion battleship, the Valiant was destroyed. Only Jake, Nog and one other crew member survived.
Elderly but vigorous Bajoran monk and archeologist. Koral invited Sisko to the excavation beneath the Temple of B'hala where a 30,000 year-old tablet was discovered bearing the inscription 'Welcome, Emissary.'
Sisko is called to Bajor when an ancient tablet addressing the Emissary is discovered. Seeing the tablet, Sisko launches into a vision, during which the Prophets tell him "The Reckoning" must begin. Since no one knows exactly what this means, Sisko takes the tablet back to Deep Space Nine for Dax to translate. Kai Winn arrives on the station and pushes Sisko to return it, but he refuses, convinced he is doing the will of the Prophets.
Soon afterward, the wormhole begins opening and closing. When the Kai informs Sisko that Bajor is suffering floods and tornadoes and accuses him of angering the Prophets, Sisko agrees to return the tablet on the next morning's transport. Later that night, Sisko examines the tablet one final time. He instinctively smashes it on the ground, releasing a strange vortex of violent energy.
Sisko tells Winn he believes he has done what the Prophets wanted him to do. While privately moved, she refuses to acknowledge Sisko's faith in her gods and continues to blame him for the destruction affecting Bajor. In the midst of Winn's ranting, Sisko is called to the Promenade, where Kira is ablaze with bluish energy. He realizes that she is no longer Kira, but a Prophet announcing it is time for the Reckoning.
The Kira/Prophet reveals she is to fight an epic battle with an Evil One, a Pah-wraith banished from Bajor's celestial temple. Winn is thrilled — according to prophecy, the defeat of the Evil One will usher in Bajor's Golden Age. Feeling he has no choice but to allow the battle, Sisko orders the station evacuated. Dax and Bashir rig a panel with radiation that will force the Prophet to leave Kira's body, but Sisko insists the showdown proceed without interference. He stands by his decision even when the Pah-wraith takes over the body of his son, Jake.
Sisko watches helplessly as both Jake and Kira are wracked by the conflict. Dax suggests using the radiation, but Sisko refuses, believing that the Prophets will protect his son. When the Kai sneaks away and triggers the radiation, she ends the battle before one of the combatants is defeated. Later, Kira escorts her off the station and is shocked to hear the religious leader praising herself for saving Deep Space Nine. Kira answers her with a conviction she has never known before, telling Winn she has defied the Prophets so completely that even they may not know what it means for Bajor.
American entertainer and toastmaster, 1898-1981. Vic Fontaine quoted Jessel's well-known salutation, "To whatever makes you happy," while trying to ignite a romance between Odo and chanteuse Lola Chrystal.
Bashir shows off his new holosuite program, a 1960s Vegas singer named Vic Fontaine who performs in a lounge full of martini-swilling customers. While Vic is only a hologram, he is extremely perceptive and immediately senses Odo's unrequited love for Kira. Soon afterward, Kira leaves for Bajor to visit her ex-lover Shakaar — a move which clearly upsets Odo. He "borrows" Bashir's program and asks Vic for a little romantic advice.
After turning Odo into a tuxedo-clad piano player, Vic invites a pair of beautiful holo-showgirls into the picture. They cozy up to Odo, but he has trouble mustering up feelings for anyone but Kira. Vic reminds him that the best way to feel comfortable with Kira is to practice with these other women. After a week of Odo visiting the Holosuite, Vic introduces his pupil to Lola, a sexy holographic chanteuse who looks exactly like Kira.
At first, Odo manages to flirt quite successfully with Lola, but as he is about to kiss her, he breaks away. Odo tells Vic that he is unable to forget that Lola is just a hologram because she doesn't act like Kira. A few days later, Kira returns to the station, and Odo can barely speak to her. Deciding to play matchmaker, Vic interrupts Kira's visit to a holosuite and tells her he's aware about Odo's feelings. Then, he insists she return that night for a special dinner with Odo.
Vic tricks Odo into attending the dinner by telling him he has perfected a Kira hologram. The evening is beautiful — Kira and Odo are dressed to the nines, and Vic serves them an elegant meal. They chat about the irony of spending their "first date" in a holosuite and even dance while Vic croons a period standard. However, as Kira talks about leaving the holosuite, Odo reveals that he thinks she is actually a hologram. When Vic sheepishly informs Odo that he has been dancing with the real Kira, Odo is embarrassed and abruptly leaves.
Believing he has blown his last chance with the woman he loves, Odo is surprised when Kira approaches him on the Promenade and insists that he meet her for dinner that night. The two argue heatedly, their passions exploding when Odo finally grabs Kira and kisses her in full view of everyone. A few days later, Odo visits Vic in the holosuite to deliver thanks for bringing him and Kira, now a couple, together.
In addition to his memorable potrayal of holographic lounge singer Vic Fontaine, James Darren has had a long and distinguished career not only as a motion picture star ("Gidget") and recording artist ("Goodbye Cruel World") but as a television director with dozens of episodes to his credit.
Star Trek connection note: Darren made his television directing debut on the series T.J. Hooker which starred William Shatner.