Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 13

Déjà Q (3 Feb. 1990)

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Much to Picard's displeasure, Q reappears on the Enterprise, claiming to have been ejected from the Q Continuum, and therefore, lost his powers.



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The Enterprise assists the planet Brial 4 which is threatened by its moon which falls onto the Western continent, reason unknown and impossible to shatter without even greater damage. The tractor beam proves too weak; then suddenly the dreaded Q appears aboard, naked, claiming to be stripped of his omnipotence too, thrown out of the Continuum and forced to chose a mortal life form: human. While Q makes a brilliant engineering suggestion and wrestles with the human condition, the calimarane, a species with a grudge against him, and next a deus ex machina appear... Written by KGF Vissers

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After several unsuccessful attempts by director Les Landau to film Q's nude scene without forcing the actor to actually be naked, a frustrated John de Lancie finally asked anyone offended by nudity to leave, stripped down, and filmed the scene in one take. See more »


The Enterprise was hovering about the moon, trying to keep it from drifting into that planet. Yet, in scenes when Q was talking with the Captain, you could see stars going past as if their vessel were moving. See more »


Q: I know human beings. They're all sopping over with compassion and forgiveness. They can't wait to absolve... almost any offense. It's an inherent weakness of the breed.
Capt. Picard: On the contrary, it is a strength.
Q: You call it what you will. But I think you'll protect me, even though I've tormented you now and again.
Commander William T. Riker: Fighting off all the species which you've insulted would be a full-time mission. That's not the one I signed up for.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Death Wish (1996) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Deja-Boo Q
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Robert de Lancie is the whole show here. No one can whine and complain like he does. He has lost his status in the Continuum because of his irrational behavior and embarrassing presence. They do give him a choice of where he can go and what he can be and he chooses to be a human and to go to the Enterprise. As he arrives (naked), Picard and the gang are trying to remedy a catastrophic event. The moon of a large planet has had its orbit decay and in about a day will hit the planet, leading to an ice age, tsunamis, earthquakes, and huge casualties. Unfortunately, the size of the moon keeps their tiny starship from manages any sort of adjustment. Picard implores Q to do something, but it truly isn't within his power. So they must do everything within their means to solve this while Q is prancing around, complaining about the food, the boredom. I wonder if he patterned his character after a Jewish American Princess. Not the greatest episode in the world, but still some fun.

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