Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2, Episode 16

Q Who? (6 May 1989)

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Q tries to prove that Picard needs him as part of their crew by hurling the Enterprise 7,000 light years away where they encounter the Borg for the first time.



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Q (as John deLancie)


Q pays the Enterprise another visit, much to Captain Picard's disapproval. He wants Q to keep his part of their earlier bargain and stay away. Q insists that Picard needs him on his side and to prove his point, hurls the Enterprise far into the galaxy. There, the Enterprise crew meet the Borg and their strange, cube-like space craft. The Borg are a race that is part biological and part machine that exists within a collective consciousness. They are also a formidable foe that can out power, out run and out fight the Enterprise. With their shields weakened, it's left to Picard to decide if they really do need Q's help. Written by garykmcd

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Rob Bowman:  as a Borg voice. See more »


Data says that the damage done to a planet is identical to the destruction of the Federation outposts in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Neutral Zone, implying that the Borg were responsible. This means that the Borg already know about the Federation, which seems to contradict Guinan's warning that the Borg will attack, now that they know about the Federation. (Note to webmaster: It has been argued that this is incorrectly regarded as a mistake because the outposts were too small to get the interest of the Borg. I disagree with this argument because the Borg would have likely assimilated the people living at the outpost and thus their knowledge. Even if they didn't the outposts would have contained hints that they were part of a much larger and highly advanced civilization. Due to the fact that the Borg attacked both Romulan and Federation outposts they would also have learned that they were deal with two separate cultures on less than friendly terms with each other.) See more »


Q: I add a little excitement, a little spice, to your lives, and all you do is complain. Where is your adventurous spirit, your imagination? Think, Picard, think! Think of the possibilities.
Capt. Picard: Simply speaking, we don't trust you.
Q: Oh. Well, you may not trust me, but you do need me. You're not prepared for what awaits you.
Capt. Picard: How can we be prepared for that which we do not know? But I do know that we are ready to encounter it.
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Q was right.
6 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

he may have been cocky, sarcastic, amusing etc. but he was right:they were not ready. But he also did us a hidden favor.The Borg were apparently coming anyway and now we know what we'd be up against, or at least know that they are out there. in my opinion it was more than a "kick in our complacency". this episode had at least one other interesting feature.

I found myself disagreeing with the protagonists. Picard said it was "not smugness not arrogance!", but that's what it seemed like to me. OK I'd seen the other Borg episodes before this one so I KNEW they weren't ready. I realize that I am giving a lower rating than my comment might indicate but there is some really dull and ultimately pointless stuff in the episode before Q shows up. it is unfortunate that the "dealings" were never explained. The ending is great! 3 of 5 stars. And what happened to the Borg not having a single leader.

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