Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Deep Space Nine: Leck and The Secretary

You are gonna love this Ferengi costume...Meet Leck...Ferengi businessman, assassin, eliminator! He is all smiles when you meet him, but never cross him because he is all business. When you absolutely, positively have to put an end to your rival, he is the Ferengi to call.

In all seriousness, this Ferengi costume makes the first of three DS9 appearances in the season 3 episode 'Family Business'. In the episode, Quark and Rom meet not Leck, but the Secretary for Liquidator Brunt. Even though they never get to speak with Brunt, in true Ferengi fashion, the Secretary gets a slip of latinum anyways.

When we see this Ferengi costume again, it is in the Season 5 episode 'Ferengi Love Songs'. This is where we meet Leck for the first time just leaving the Tower of Commerce.
The final time we see Leck, and this Ferengi costume is in the season 6 episode 'The Magnificent Ferengi'. A real treat for Ferengi Fans as we see Leck in much of his assassin glory.
Leck was portrayed by the late Hamilton Camp and all of the inside tags have his name. Mel Green portrayed the Secretary, and oddly there are no tags with his name anywhere in the costume even though it was likely made for him as he wore it first!

I tried for a few years to buy this Ferengi costume to no avail. One day while talking to my friend Jim (see Niners Paradise), he informed me that he had just purchased this fantastic Ferengi costume(damit!). Needless to say, after some discussion he agreed that it truly belonged among my other Ferengi costumes and sold it to me. Whew!