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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Wesley Crusher (credit only)
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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 appears... Written by KGF Vissers

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3 February 1990 (USA)  »

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This takes place in 2366. See more »


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 »


Q: You're right, of course. I'm extraordinarily selfish. But it has served me so well in the past.
Capt. Picard: It'll not serve you here.
Q: Don't be so hard on me, Jean-Luc. You've been a mortal all your life, you know all about dying. I've never given it a second thought. Or a first one, for that matter. I could've been killed. If it hadn't been for Data and that one brief delay he created, I would've been gone. No more me... And no one would have missed me, would they?
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Death Wish (1996) See more »


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John de Lancie OWNS
16 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's yet another outstanding performance by de Lancie as Q. I know that he is a successful actor now, but given his consistent greatness on this show and his outstanding performances in "Breaking Bad" I'm surprised that he isn't a superstar and I'm not seeing him in every other big budget movie that I watch. It's also a testament to Gene Roddenberry's genius that he recognized his immense talent and cast him in the first couple of episodes as the iconic Q entity.

Data's simpatico interactions with Q and his guidance through the mores of humanity make for some of the best dialogue on the show. It's great subtle and witty humor. I really love this episode.

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