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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John de Lancie actually filmed his nude scene standing upright in front of a blue screen. His horizontal position was a special effect created in post-production, with Captain Picard positioned strategically in front of him. See more »

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The crew attempt to adjust the moon's orbit at perigee (closest approach). If you are attempting to adjust the altitude of a body's perigee (in this case to avoid a collision with the planet), the best time to do it is to wait until it reaches apogee. This will change the elevation of perigee the most with the least amount of energy. Changing a body's velocity at perigee only changes the elevation of apogee and does nothing to change its perigee. If they are trying to avoid a collision the crew has chosen the worst time to do it. See more »

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Counselor Deanna Troi: They made you human as part of your punishment?
Q: No, it was my request. I could have chosen to exist as a Markoffian sea lizard, or a Belzoidian flea - anything I wished, as long as it was mortal. And since I had only a fraction of a second to mull, I chose this, and asked them to bring me here.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Why?
Q: [to Picard] Because in all the universe, you're the closest thing I have to a friend, Jean-Luc.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Death Wish (1996) See more »

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Written by Sebastián Iradier
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Q's visits are getting better and better.
16 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The very first "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode, "Encounter at Farpoint" wasn't particularly good. The show's first meeting with Q was, to put it bluntly, pretty dull stuff. Fortunately, the more times this supreme being appeared in the show, the better these meetings became--and "Déjà Q" is exceptional.

When the show begins, Q makes his most memorable entrance ever! While the ship is trying desperately to save a planet below, Q arrives and expects everyone to drop everything and welcome him. As usual, however, he's made to feel about as welcome as an outbreak of herpes! In an odd twist, Q is now mortal--turned into a human by the Collective. Why exactly is uncertain--all you know is that Q is very whiny and hates the prospect of living out life this way.

Although the Q plot is diverting, the crew really must work on stopping the moon from leaving its orbit and destroying the planet, so much of the time Q whines and everyone but Data ignores him. As for Data, his conversations with Q are awfully funny. Bizarrely, despite Q's immense knowledge, no one considers asking him to help save the planet. Still, despite this, Q does manage to save the day! How and why? Well, see the show.

This episode has a lot of fun moments and just goes to show you that the humans on the show are pretty dumb and NEVER are the least bit grateful for his help--and he IS quite helpful here despite himself. Well worth seeing and memorable...and a sign of continual improvement in the Q episodes.


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