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



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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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21 November 1987 (USA)  »

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Cliff Bole, knowing that John de Lancie would appear as Q, watched Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint (1987) in order to maintain Q's tone. He found after shooting began that his research wasn't required as de Lancie slotted back into his previous role naturally. See more »


When Worf runs to attack the Napoleonic creatures, one of them swings the butt of the musket at him, clearly missing him, but still knocks him down. See more »


Q: [quoting Hartley] "Nothing reveals Humanity so well as the games it plays."
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q Who (1989) See more »


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Q, the Continuum, and Other Things
27 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to say I never cared much for the "Q" episodes. If there is such a thing as the "Continuum," don't we suddenly get into issues of religion or the purpose of life. Q seems to be playing games, but he isn't even a corporeal being unless he chooses to be so. Why does the Enterprise even matter to him. Being at one with the universe, he must have other fish to fry. In this episode, he decides to test the human's morality by giving them powers (at least he does to Riker) and then goes about doing nasty things to other crew members. If he can do whatever he wants, what does he matter? Why does anything else matter? Get my drift. This is the same argument I have with religions, especially those that take away human self direction. Of course, we don't have to think too much to see that our gang will somehow overcome all this, or at least appease our intergalactic pest. There's nothing inherently wrong with the episode and it is entertaining, but there are too many fundamental questions here.

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