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 appears... Written by KGF Vissers

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3 February 1990 (USA)  »

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In the final scene with Q and the mariachi band, most of the cast had a great deal of difficulty keeping a straight face, since de Lancie's acting was so over the top, it resulted in several takes being ruined from them bursting out laughing. That is why, for the first part of the scene, there are wide camera angles and everyone's backs are turned or had their faces blocked by other cast in the shot. See more »


Q lists a number of human things that he is not looking forward to, including detailed physical experiences such as having a pimple. However later, it seems that he is unaware of what sleep, or hunger are. See more »


[Q has made appear two scantily clad women to fawn on Riker]
Commander William T. Riker: I don't need your fantasy women.
Q: Oh, you're so stolid! You weren't like that before the beard.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Death Wish (1996) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Deja-Boo Q
16 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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