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I’m a Morn Watcher

February 16, 2016

I’m watching Star Trek: Deep Space 9 for the second time through with my older sons. That’s the Star Trek series that you watch when you’ve recently watched all of Next Generation and Voyager and you’re feeling desperate.

It’s not that it’s a bad series – it’s pretty good, and sometimes great – but it doesn’t have the same sense of motion and progress as the others, partly because it’s set in a fixed place, namely a space station. Therefore, the story often revolves around recurring problems, namely the tension between Cardassians and Bajorans, which stems from a just-ended brutal Cardassian occupation.

Anyhoo, one other thing that happens on Deep Space 9 is that many of the characters are not Federation members, meaning that they don’t have military training at “The Academy.” Now, it makes sense for soldiers to be trained, but this Star Trek Academy is really a cross between Harvard and West Point, and the worshipping of the culture there can be really over the top (I’m looking at you, Wesley Crusher). So it’s nice to see Star Trek characters that have nothing to do with the military. They’re just hanging out.

Specifically, I’m talking about a character on Deep Space 9 called Morn.


Morn hangs out at a bar on the Deep Space 9 station owned and managed by Quark, who is a Ferengi (and thus famously obsessed with material wealth, in contrast with the rest of the socialist Federation) and a main character. And although by the second season or so Morn shows up very consistently, he never, ever speaks. Not once. Although, just to add to the mystery, other characters are sometimes heard complaining about how they were kept up all night listening to Morn’s stories.

My son Sander and I always keep an eye out for Morn – we noticed him about halfway through the first time we watched Deep Space 9 a few years ago – and we’ve recently gotten so obsessed with him that we scoured the web looking for Morn info and found out there was once something called the Morn Watchers, which is a fan club devoted to this speechless character.

They even had a quarterly magazine, probably containing all sorts of observations on how close Morn came to speaking recently. And how close he’s come to looking like Norm from Cheers who, legend has it, was the inspiration for Morn’s character.

Anyway, if there are any other Morn Watchers out there, I’m up for restarting the fan club. This can be taken as the initial newsletter.

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  1. February 16, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Never could stand the Mall In Space scenarios of DS9 and especially the Acquisition Artistes known as Ferengi — I guess it’s a more realistic vision of our present day than any future I would wish on humanity.


  2. Christina
    February 16, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I love Morn and the rest of the characters from that show.

    I have to differ with your view of DS9, I always thought it wad the most interesting of the Star Trek shows. The people aren’t perfect, they grow and change AND fight cool aliens.


  3. David Backus
    February 16, 2016 at 8:58 am

    One of the classics, explaining the boy who cried wolf:


  4. wazmo
    February 16, 2016 at 9:06 am

    DS9 gets real good when Sisko gets his beard-and it gets real dark when the Dominion war gets rolling, when it becomes almost Babylon 5-like with its multiple-line story arcs-especially the last 3 seasons.


  5. Allen K.
    February 16, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Gul Dukat may have been my favorite Star Trek character in any series. (Well, okay, Spock I suppose.) I was rooting for him and Quark to get a spinoff.

    DS9 also had two of, to me, the most memorable episodes: “Trials and Tribbilations” and “Whisper”. Man, Whisper was good.


  6. February 16, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Interesting; I find DS9 to be superior to Voyager (though I can see an argument for it being below TOS and TNG). Voyager went to the Delta Quadrant allegedly to be able to get away from all the strictures of Star Trek: get rid of the reset button, get rid of “everyone gets along”, get rid of lack of scarcity, get rid of the Prime Directive, get rid . And almost immediately once they got there, they ditched their own premise and got back to usual Star Trek. “Year of Hell” gives a glimpse of what could have been, before hitting the reset button. By contrast, after the first couple of years, DS9 actually had ongoing storylines that did not get reset; you had characters weaving in and out of the narrative and changing the set-up in subtle and not-so-subtle ways (such as Dukat and the Kai). And the characters had real evolutions (Kira, Odo, even Quark somewhat), while Voyager and TNG left them mostly frozen in ice.


    • Sigurd
      February 18, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      DS9 is a story of a galaxy at war, of a race of people climbing their way out from under the boot of another race, of what a multicultural society and its people become when pushed to the brink or maybe what they have always been.

      Voyager… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIGxMENwq1k


  7. Kwark
    February 16, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Rule of Acquisition 286.


  8. February 16, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    The thing is, the whole series could have been set in the Cheers bar or the Friends apartment building or a 19th century mansion. maybe at a fancy ball so people could wear masks and funny costumes, without affecting the soap operatics of it one bit. There was nothing essentially science fiction about it.

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  9. p.a.
    February 20, 2016 at 12:17 am

    We used to call DS-9 ‘Star Trek: Space Mall’ I would place it above Voyager because of its differences; less Federation-y, more long term plots. It’s still ‘cowboys and Indians’, but with story arcs. And overall better acting.


  10. Jonathan Weinstein
    February 22, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    This post is not complete without a mention of the Morn-centric episode:
    I personally put DS9 a tiny bit above TNG and way above Voyager.


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