There are many reasons why I love Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and why it remains my favorite of the Star Trek franchise.
Reason #23: Rom
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is full of fun characters, but one of the most surprising is Quark‘s (Armin Shimerman) idiot brother Rom. You could argue that on the entire station there was no one with a bigger heart than the shy, unassuming Ferengei with an uncanny talent with machines who managed to marry a dabo girl and eventually rule an empire.
The character of Rom grew and changed over the years. When he was first introduced he was little more than Quark’s dimwitted brother, but his role as Quark’s lackey would be changed by the aspirations of his son Nog (Aron Eisenberg) to join Starfleet. Nog would leave his brother’s bar and became a valued member of the Bajorian engineering crew.
The character of Rom was played by Max Grodénchik who had originally auditioned for the role of Quark. Although Armin Shimerman was given the role, the producers were impressed with Grodénchik and decided to cast him in the role of Quark’s younger brother. Rom wasn’t the only appearance by Grodénchik in the Star Trek universe. He appeared as other Ferengei in Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes “Captain’s Holiday” and “The Perfect Mate.” It’s Rom, however, that most Star Trek fans will remember him mostly fondly for.