While Voyager investigates what appears to be a rogue comet, the crew accidentally releases a member of the Q Continuum who has been imprisoned within it for over 300 years to prevent him ... See full summary »



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While Voyager investigates what appears to be a rogue comet, the crew accidentally releases a member of the Q Continuum who has been imprisoned within it for over 300 years to prevent him from committing suicide. He then requests asylum on the ship, which leaves Captain Janeway to decide whether he should go back into confinement or whether to grant his request for asylum, which would give him the opportunity to end his life. Written by cpc65

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19 February 1996 (USA)  »

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The scenes of the comet where Quinn was imprisoned are re-used footage from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Masks (1994). See more »


Riker is wearing the old-style com-badge, which suggests that he has been "abducted" from a time before 2370, i.e. before Voyager was launched and got lost in the Delta Quadrant. Therefore he should have no knowledge of Janeway being captain of that vessel. Janeway took command in 2371. However it has been stated that Tuvok and Janeway had served together before and that prior to infiltrating the Maquis he was Voyagers Tactical Officer, therefore it makes sense that Janeway would have taken command of the Voyager sometime prior to the com-badge change. See more »


Quinn: I was the greatest threat the Continuum had ever known. They feared me so much, they had to lock me away for eternity. And when they did that, they were saying that the individual's rights will be protected only so long as they don't conflict with the state. Nothing is so dangerous to a society.
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References Death Wish (1974) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Yes, it must totally suck to be immortal and have ultimate power...
15 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

After making many appearances in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and one on "Star Trek: Deep Space 9", it's now John De Lancie's turn to appear as the irrepressible Q on "Star Trek: Voyager". He'll appear two more times on "Voyager".

The show begins with Q and Q Too (Gerrit Graham) appearing on Voyager. It seems that Q Too has been imprisoned on a meteor the ship has discovered. Why was he imprisoned? Well, the Continuum thinks he's crazy because he wants to kill himself. While this DOES sound crazy that a member of the Continuum would want to die, the ultimate tedium of his existence is explored in the show--and Janeway is allowed to make the decision for the Continuum--whether to allow him to die or whether he'll once again return to his lonely prison. But, to muck up the subsequent hearing, Q isn't above trying to bribe the Captain with what everyone wants on the ship--to return home.

Like almost all Q episodes, this one is enjoyable and rather fun despite the suicide angle. You also get a brief cameo from Jonathan Frakes as Commander Riker--which is a plus.

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