As well as being a fan of Star Wars, Firefly, Planet of the Apes, Battlestar Galactica and about anything else that’s good fantasy or sci-fi I am a huge Star Trek fan. I grew up watching the original series in its first reruns with my older brothers and sister and was fully sold on every incarnation of the series from TNG (the Next Generation) on through Voyager. *I only appreciated parts of Enterprise*
I love Star Trek for more anthropological reasons than Star Wars for instance. I believe Trek’s “fleshing out” of the alien races is stupendous: Klingon is a real language, Vulcan has actual writing and meditation techniques, and so on and so on. I’ve often said that each alien race is one part of humanity and human culture magnified and blown out of proportion. Fear, honor, love, religion, individuality, conformity, hate, war, peace and… greed.
Ah the greedy little Ferengi. They are probably my favorite (if not Vulcans) race of aliens on Trek and most of the reason is because of Armin Shimerman, Max Grodenchik, Wallace Shawn, Jeffrey Combs, Aron Eisenberg and all the others who helped make them so. Their language and culture are the most fascinating to me of any race. I love them so much in fact that I completed the missing Rules of Acquisition, wrote playable rules for Tongo — which match everything ever seen or heard on DS9 — and figured out a workable system of Ferengi writing. I also made a Ferengi costume in 2005. My Ferengi name was, “Gelt” — sounds like the German word for “gold.”
My hope is more will be done with this race in the future of Trek as they’ve done with the Vulcans and Klingons. Until then though I will simply say, “Live long, and profit.”