Sunday, September 23, 2012

TWITrek Character Insight No. 21: Morn

This is the latest installment in a series of "Character Insight" articles regarding the rich history of characters in the Star Trek universe.  An audio version will appear on the This Week in Trek podcast, available for direct download here.
Welcome back to Character Insight!  This week, our subject is Morn from deep Space Nine and Voyager.

Morn is a Lurian who is a frequent patron of Quark's Bar on the Deep Space Nine station. Morn owns a shipping business that specialized in the transport of mundane cargo.

This seemingly mundane business likely results from Morn settling down following his role in the theft of 1,000 bricks of gold-pressed latinum during the Lissepian Mother's Day Heist.  Morn's role in this heist is discovered just days after the statute of limitations for prosecuting him expired.  Morn hid the latinum inside his second stomach, and Quark believes this is why Morn lost nearly all of his hair.

Although Morn never speaks on camera during the series, he is known for being quite the talker. Provided an opportunity to talk about his 17 brothers and sisters, he will talk your ear off as you sit at the bar. Morn did speak in the German version of the episode "The Jem'Hadar", but that line never made it to the English language version.

He is such a regular customer at Quark's Bar that when he leaves on vacation, Quark makes a TuPac-like hologram of him in his normal seat to encourage other patrons to come in the bar as normal. Morn always sits on the right hand side of the bar, which is clearly an homage to the character Norm from Cheers. Other little shoutouts to the Cheers character also exist, such as the similar greeting Morn gets from Dax when seen in the bar.

Jadzia Dax was interested in Morn romantically, but she has to settle for Worf when Morn turns her down. Morn buys Quark's bar when Quark retires, remaining a fixture at his favorite location.

The best episodes featuring Morn include Favor the Bold, Who Mourns for Morn, and Blaze of Glory.

Actor: Mark Allen Shepherd is the actor who played Morn. Although most of his appearances are uncredited, Shepherd showed up in over 90 total Star Trek episodes.

Special Thanks to listener Douglas for suggesting this unique character and providing much of the information today. He can be reached on Twitter at @dstoryii

Until next time, live long and prosper...

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