As a result of her academic achievement, a young intern by the name of Amanda Rogers joins the Enterprise. Unknown to anyone however is that she has telekinetic powers and the ability to create project just by thinking about it. When the warp core's containment field fails, Amanda is able to contain it and return the reaction chamber to normal. Much to Captain Picard's and the rest of the crew's dismay, Q suddenly appears. It was Q who set off the engine fault to test her powers and confirm what he thought - that she is a Q. He's quite adamant that Amanda be trained in how to use her powers after which she would join the continuum. She refuses to go with him but as he teaches her to use her powers, she decides to use them to spend some time with Commander Riker with she has become enamored. Picard obtains important information about the death of her parents but Q offers her a choice: to join the continuum or to live among humans and never use her powers. Written by
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This episode foreshadows a couple of Q's future appearances. When Picard brings up Q putting the crew on trial for the crimes of humanity, Q replies "The jury's still out on that". Q's courtroom is revisited in Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things...
(1994). Q also frowns upon the whole concept of fatherhood, hoping he never has to go through it. He later becomes a father in the Star Trek: Voyager episode, Star Trek: Voyager: The Q and the Grey
(1996). See more
After the warp core breach, when Dr.Crusher addresses the senior staff, she enters the room and says (referring to Amanda) "He's a little shaken up, but she's gonna be fine." See more
What is it about these squirming little infants that you find so appealing?
Doctor Beverly Crusher
I'm sure that's beyond your comprehension, Q.
I desperately hope so.
References The Wizard of Oz
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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