Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 02 E 11 Rivals

An El-Aurian conman comes aboard the station with a new device that seems to improves one's luck through technobabble.
  • Black Box: Nobody ever finds out how the devices work. Martus doesn't even realize they alter luck until late in the episode, he just thinks they're a novel random number generator he can use as a gambling game. He makes more by just having the replicator scan it and spit out a bigger copy.
  • Continuity Nod: Quark references Sisko blackmailing him in the very first episode when he demands that Sisko get rid of Martus.
  • Famous Last Words: "I won!" from Martus' cellmate.
  • Techno Babble: Gambling machines affect the laws of probability, including swirling neutrinos. Yes, that's the actual explanation.