The indefatigable Q appears again, still not convinced that humans are a race worth saving and wanting to test them yet again. This time he focuses on Commander Riker and sets out to prove that mankind will not do the right thing when the opportunity presents itself. To prove his point, he vests in Riker all of his powers convinced that the old adage about absolute power corrupting absolutely will prove to be true. Riker is obviously tempted to play God but his assumptions about giving people the opportunity to be whatever they want doesn't go over quite well. Picard knew that the experiment would fail and wins his wager with Q. Written by
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After she is given the order to raise the shields, Yar says, "Shields and deflectors up." The Deflectors would already be up, as they are used to keep particulate matter from striking the ship at warp (faster than light) speed. The shields are the much more powerful force fields used to protect the ship from attack. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Whatever it is, why do you demonstrate it through this confrontation? Why not a simple, direct explanation, a statement of what you seek? Why these games?
Why these games? Why, the play is the thing. And I'm surprised you have to ask when your human, Shakespeare, explained it all so well.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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