Nog (Star Trek)

Nog, played by Aron Eisenberg, is a recurring character on the science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9). He becomes the first Ferengi to join Starfleet. He is Rom's son and Quark's nephew and is also the only grandchild of Ishka.

Nog
Star Trek character
Nog as Lieutenant J.G.jpg
First appearance
Last appearance
Portrayed byAron Eisenberg
In-universe information
SpeciesFerengi
AffiliationFerengi Alliance
United Federation of Planets
Starfleet
PostingDeep Space Nine
USS Defiant
PositionOperations Officer
(Seasons 6-7)
Starfleet Cadet
(Seasons 4-6)
Bar Employee
(Seasons 1-4)
RankLieutenant, Junior Grade
(Season 7)
Ensign
(Seasons 6-7)
Cadet
(Seasons 4-6)
Civilian
(Seasons 1-4)

Fictional character biographyEdit

In the Star Trek universe, Nog was born to Rom and Prinadora on Ferenginar in 2353. Later, he moved with his father to Deep Space Nine and worked at his uncle Quark's bar. This time is depicted in DS9, and Nog is characterized as being very mischievous and a slight delinquent. Throughout the course of the series, Nog befriends Jake Sisko. In the first seasons of DS9 he is, though reluctantly, one of the first students in Keiko O'Brien's school. When Rom, under pressure from Quark and Grand Nagus Zek, pulls Nog out of school, Jake tutors him without Rom's knowledge ("The Nagus").

Recognizing his father's failure to capitalize on his proficiency in mechanics and electronics, and not wanting to follow in those footsteps, Nog resolves to go into a career where he can make something of himself. He requests a recommendation from Commander Benjamin Sisko to be admitted to Starfleet Academy ("Heart of Stone"). Although Sisko takes considerable convincing that this young Ferengi is serious in this uncharacteristically unprofitable ambition for his species, Nog is admitted with his recommendation and becomes the first Ferengi in Starfleet ("Facets").

Starfleet assigns Nog to Deep Space Nine as part of his cadet field training ("The Ascent"). Upon returning to the station, he and Jake become roommates. As a cadet, Nog works mainly under chief of operations Miles O'Brien. Nog receives a commission as ensign shortly before Starfleet retakes Deep Space Nine during the Dominion War ("Favor the Bold").

In the height of the Dominion War, Nog loses his leg due to a battle injury ("The Siege of AR-558"). Although a biosynthetic leg is grown for him to replace the amputated one, after months of therapy Nog still feels phantom pain in his new leg. Nog chooses a holosuite simulation of a Las Vegas nightclub as the place to recuperate from his trauma and adjust to using an artificial limb, living in the holosuite until the simulated nightclub singer Vic Fontaine forces him to leave ("It's Only a Paper Moon").

One of Sisko's final acts before joining the Prophets is to promote Nog to the rank of lieutenant junior grade (DS9: "What You Leave Behind").

AppearancesEdit

ReceptionEdit

In 2016, the character of Nog was ranked as the 51st most important character of Starfleet within the Star Trek science fiction universe by Wired Magazine.[1]

One of the episodes focusing on Nog, "It's Only a Paper Moon" was ranked as the 14th best of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine by The Hollywood Reporter in 2016.[2] They note that it follows up on some of the events of "The Siege of AR-558", which they had ranked as 15th best of the series, and also includes Nog.[2] Hollywood Reporter ranked "It's Only a Paper Moon" as the 56th best episode of all Star Trek episodes to-date, calling it a touching and ambitious story covering the impact of the episode "The Siege of AR-558".[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ McMillan, Graeme (2016-09-05). "Star Trek's 100 Most Important Crew Members, Ranked". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  2. ^ a b Couch, Aaron; McMillan, Graeme (2016-09-22). "'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' — The 20 Greatest Episodes". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media, LLC. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  3. ^ Couch, Aaron; McMillan, Graeme (2016-09-08). "'Star Trek': 100 Greatest Episodes". Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media, LLC.

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