Sunday, July 18, 2010

Deep Space Nine: Grand Nagus Zek

The Grand Nagus is the head of all things financial on Ferenginar. Accordingly, his wardrobe left nothing to spare. Grand Nagus Zek had four different outfits in just 7 episodes that he appeared. They have to be some of the finest examples of costuming in the whole of Star Trek. This version of his costume was first seen in the Deep Space Nine episode 'Prophet Motive' then lastly in 'Ferengi Love Songs'.

This particular costume is the stunt version worn by Dennis Madalone and was used only once in Deep Space Nine. It is seen in the episode 'Prophet Motive', where Quark has a vision from the Prophets and sees Zek jump from the upper level of the Promenade.

It's original jumpsuit was used for another Ferengi costume (I know which one), so I don't have it. With the advantage of owning so many Ferengi costumes, I was able to examine, pattern, and fabricate a darker velvet jumper for it. It came out very well for my first attempt. Also, the stunt costume was devoid of any metal detailing so there was nothing to harm the stuntman. It is virtually impossible to locate the exact type of metal greeblies, as I have tried. I have attached some approximations in an attempt to make it more presentable.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Deep Space Nine: Grand Nagus Zek

Grand Nagus Zek appeared in just 7 episodes, beginning with the Deep Space Nine episode 'The Nagus' and ending in 'The Dogs Of War'. His corrupt business practices and chauvenistic view of women were contrary to the staff of DS9, but critical to his enormous charm.

Wallace Shawn's magical portrayal of Zek made him a fan favorite. It is a known fact that he did not like to wear these facial appliances, so he averaged one episode per season. For this fact, I am lucky to have these unused hand and facial prostetics in my collection.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Deep Space Nine: Grand Nagus Staff

The Grand Nagus carries with him a staff that is traditional for an individual to kiss the head of after receiving advice from the Ferengi leader. The Grand Nagus possesses the ability to appoint a Grand Proxy to act in matters in which he is unwilling or unable, and he might also travel with the cane as proof of authority given from the Grand Nagus. The staff can be seen in several Deep Space Nine episodes, such as 'Rules of Accuisition', 'Profit and Lace', and Voyager 'False Profits'. There were many staffs made during the the production of the show (perhaps as many as 15), and this is one of them.

I realize this is not a costume, but I feel it is an important part of the Grand Nagus character and costume, so I have included it here.