Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 20

Qpid (20 Apr. 1991)

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The Enterprise is at Tegus 3, to host the Federation archaeologists council's annual symposium, where Picard is to give the key-note lecture on its enigmatic ruins, now forbidden to ... See full summary »



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The Enterprise is at Tegus 3, to host the Federation archaeologists council's annual symposium, where Picard is to give the key-note lecture on its enigmatic ruins, now forbidden to outsiders. To his surprise he's visited by Vash, a flirtatious girl-friend, displeased to learn he never mentioned her to any crew-member, who is now on the council. Another visit gets the coldest welcome: almost almighty Q, who ridicules Picard's speech and decides to 'repay' saving his life and Continuum membership by transforming Picard and his accompanying crew-members during the speech into Robin Hood and his merry men, challenged to save maid Marian -Varsh- from execution ordered the next morning by Sir Guy Gisbourne, as Q declares as high sheriff. Picard engages in rescue from Nottingham castle, but soon finds his modern maid is no passive damsel in distress, even takes to the game far better than him... Written by KGF Vissers

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47-reference: in his speech to the Archeology Council, Picard states that there have been 947 known archeological excavations conducted on Tagus III, of which 74 are believed to have revealed important findings. See more »


As Robin (Picard) is about to be beheaded, Data attempts to create a distraction by throwing a device into a fire grate, but the object bounces a couple of times and falls out of the grate through a hole in at the bottom. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I don't want your help, your advice, your favors, or for that matter, *you*, do you understand? Once and for all!
Q: You would have me stand idly by as she led you to your destruction?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Yes!
Q: As you wish.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Q-Less (1993) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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28 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Picard is in love with Vash. She is unpredictable, dangerous, and beautiful. She is also a threat to the relationship he has with Beverly (even though they never seem to get around to anything). Vash has shown up at a conference that is being hosted on the Enterprise and has thrown Picard into a tizzy. Not only that but who should show up as well? Q! He wants to reward Picard for getting him back in the continuum. Picard can't shake him and Q, in his inimitable way, launches one of his intergalactic practical jokes. He turns the regulars on the series into characters from the Robin Hood legend. Unlike a holodeck fantasy, the situation is deadly. He takes Vash and holes her up in a castle where she is to be executed. Picard as Robin Hood is given the task of rescuing her. When she realizes she is to be beheaded, she immediately agrees to marry Sir Guy, just out of expediency. She is a survivor and decides "Whatever." Meanwhile, Picard and his "merry men" go to the castle and all manner of fun ensues. I think that Q provides an opportunity for the actors to spread their wings a bit. This is quite a hoot and we know that things will eventually work out. Or will they?

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