Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 9

Hide and Q (21 Nov. 1987)

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The Enterprise encounters Q again, and he tempts Riker by endowing him with the powers of the Q.



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Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
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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 garykmcd

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The only episode in a Star Trek series featuring Q in which Q does NOT appear in any scene wearing a Starfleet Captain's uniform. Apart from appearing in a Starfleet Admiral's uniform at the beginning, he does wear his typical red uniform as a Commander when talking to Riker on the planet, and a yellow one as a Lieutenant Commander when mimicking Data. See more »


The soldier-creature playing the bugle clearly isn't playing it at all, rather holding it to his lips. See more »


Q: "Drink not with thine enemy." The rigid Klingon code. Explains something of why you defeated them.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q Who? (1989) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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10 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Initially, I strongly disliked the Q episodes...though over time they got better and better--and seemed to have a point to them. But at this point, he still appears to be a butt-head who simply takes delight in jerking the Federation around and toying with the Enterprise. In this case, he takes a group of crew members (led by Riker) to a lonely planet and treats them as honored least initially. During this meeting, he proposes a game-- one where he endows Riker with AMAZING Q-like powers. And, you wonder if all this power might corrupt it might change him into something other than a loyal member of the Federation.

Overall, this comes off as a VERY preachy episode of the series and really doesn't do a lot to endear the viewer towards Q--a being you'll come to really like in later episodes. A bit dull and far from enjoyable.

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