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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Episode cast overview:
Wesley Crusher (credit only)
Dr. Garin
Betty Muramoto ...


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 »


When Riker orders Worf to call any other Federation ships for assistance, Worf mouth moves as if he says, "Aye, sir," but no sound is heard. See more »


Q: I think I just hurt my back. I'm feeling pain... I don't like it. What's the right thing to say, 'ow'?
Lt. Cmdr. DataLt. Commander Geordi La Forge: 'Ow'.
Q: OW! I can't straighten up!
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Star Trek The Next Generation--Déjà Q
9 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For an omnipotent god, Q can be quite a pest. While the opening establishes that a moon is mysteriously out of orbit and heading for a planet, Picard and crew trying to determine how to alter its path, "Déjà Q" is more concerned with Q dealing with "punishment" from the Continuum for too many missteps and troublesome misbehavior, opting to be a human mortal after little time to determine another option regarding what type of lifeform he'd prefer. Being a human mortal bums Q out as a race of lifeforms (that exist in the form of a lightning cloud) try to break the shields of the Enterprise to kill him. Twice they almost succeed, the second time Data nearly perishes after stopping the race from snatching Q from the Enterprise. Picard and company have a hard time accepting Q is mortal and not just up to his old tricks. That said, Q faces a crisis when dealing with all the emotions, fatigue, and hunger (and pain; such as when Guinan stabs his hand with a fork!) and the like while "bonding" with Data (his only support, as the whole Enterprise is completely against him (and rightfully so), making correct assessments that Q does have a lot to offer in terms of intelligence and his experience as a god) during the difficult transition from immortal to mortal. "How the mighty have fallen," an apt comment from Guinan who understandably basks in the misery plaguing mortal Q. As the series continued, Q become more of a comic act, although most of the episodes he appeared placed the Enterprise crew in difficult situations that often left them worse for wear. Here, Corbin Bernsten (!) shows up as a part of the Q Continuum who was responsible for kicking Q out for his malfeasance, appearing at the nick of time as the race of vengeful lifeforms were closing in on their target (Q gets a conscience and realizes he is a detriment and danger to the Enterprise as long as he remains on board, hitching a ride in a shuttlecraft). The ending is especially fun as Q is returned his powers, appears on the bridge with a mariachi band, granting Riker a couple of ladies on each arm, and gives Data a moment to enjoy the emotion of laughter (brief but still emotion Data had never felt at that time). Q takes care of the moon crisis and Picard wonders if a "residue" of humanity remained. The use of lighted cigars was a nicely humorous touch. The chance to see Q vulnerable and weak, unable to get much guidance or support from those around him (his constant harassment of those on the ship hasn't endeared him to them), is unique within the tenure of the show. As usual, De Lancie is a hoot as Q, proving once again how much his character was an asset over the long term with his sporadic (and never boring) encounters (mostly uninvited) with the Enterprise. Picard's exhaustion of Q and distrust is always a nice contrast to Q's constant annoyance towards him.

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