"Who Mourns for Morn?"

Season Six, Episode 12
Written by Mark Gehred O'Connell
Directed by Victor Lobl
Music by David Bell
Main Cast:
Avery Brooks as Captain Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois as Odo
Michael Dorn as Lt Cmdr Worf
Terry Farrell as Lt Cmdr Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney as Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman as Quark
Alexander Siddig as Dr Julian Bashir
Nana Visitor as Major Kira Nerys

Guest Stars:
Gregory Itzin as Hain
Brad Greenquist as Krit
Bridget Anne White as Larell
Cyril O'Reilly as Nahsk


Quark is saddened to hear that his bar "mascot" Morn has died. He quickly gets over it, however, when he learns that Morn left his entire fortune to him. But he soon becomes entangled in a web of treachery and deceit when a number of people arrive on the station, all claiming to be associates of Morn and all claiming that the money is theirs. It turns out that Morn faked his own death so he wouldn't have to deal with his "associates" when they came looking for the money, thus leaving Quark to settle his problem.

Who Mourns for Morn? is not an example of DS9 comedy at its best. It's sure not the worst of its kind (think Let He Who is Without Sin or Profit and Lace) but although it aspires to have the kind of irreverant, quirky tone of, say In the Cards, it doesn't quite pull it off.

I don't quite know why the writers based an entire episode around Morn, who is basically a long-running in-joke. Sure, the odd gags are amusing and appreciated but a whole episode?! Fortunately the story is quirky enough to (nearly) pull it off, and the revealations made about the Lurian barfly are certainly amusing, and begin to build a crazy picture of the dude in our minds. And there are some amusing moments scattered throughout the episode which is lifted by a charismatic performance by the ever-reliable Armin Shimerman.

But...how did you know a "but" was coming? Unfortunately it's a pretty big but. But it's just not a particularly memorable episode. The script is overly wordy and the dialogue lacks much in the way of wit or finesse. The gags are amusing, though nothing hysterical but are few and far between. The guest characters ranged from amusing (I particularly liked the two mafia-like brothers) to boring (the "cop" guy who was supposedly working for the royal family) and cliched (the devious vamp). And as for Morn - well, I didn't really have enough feel for the character to be moved by his death. And, even by the episode's end he still doesn't speak!!

Anyway, to sum up; this is an occassionally amusing but generally forgettable romp. Not bad, but it just left me rather indifferent.

Rating: 5

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