Star Trek: Voyager: Season 2, Episode 18

Death Wish (19 Feb. 1996)

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While "Voyager" investigates what appears to be a typical comet, the crew accidentally releases a member of the Q Continuum who has been imprisoned in the ship's console for over 300 years ... See full summary »



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Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)


While "Voyager" investigates what appears to be a typical comet, the crew accidentally releases a member of the Q Continuum who has been imprisoned in the ship's console for over 300 years to prevent him from committing suicide. He then claims asylum on the ship, which leaves Captain Janeway to decide whether he should go back in to confinement or whether to grant his request for asylum, which will give him endless opportunities to commit suicide. Written by Anonymous

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During the visit to the Q Continuum, Quinn shows Captain Janeway a copy of an article that he wrote about life in the Continuum. The second paragraph of Quinn's article, which begins "Above all I was struck by the unhealthy pallor of his skin..." is actually an excerpt from a real article about Adolf Hitler entitled "A Man on a Mountain", written by John Cudahy, that appeared in the June 23, 1941 issue of LIFE Magazine. (Quinn's article is only shown on screen for a few seconds, but can be easily read by using the DVD freeze frame option). 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. See more »


[in the attempt to commit suicide, Q has accidentally made all the men on Voyager disappear]
Quinn: Well, that's that, I'm afraid, they're gone.
Captain Kathryn Janeway: Gone? Where?
Quinn: [shrugs] Just... gone. Oh, I apologize for the inconvenience.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Déjà Q (1990) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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A suicidal Q
21 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Voyager investigates an unusual comet they are surprised to find it contains a person who claims to be Q, he is not the Q first seen in The Next Generation though, this one had been imprisoned in the comet for three hundred years because his desire to commit suicide was deemed to be a danger to the continuum. When the Q we know turns up to return him to his prison he bounces Voyager across time and space in a futile attempt to evade his pursuer. Eventually he realises he can't escape and asks Janeway for asylum and she agrees to have a hearing to decide the matter. Q brings witnesses including Commander Riker to show how the other Q had changed human history for the better and for the first time in any series we see the Continuum, or at least a representation of it that humans can understand, here it is clear that the Q do not lead interesting lives, being immortal they have done everything and discussed everything and seem indifferent to everything. As the hearing draws to a close the captain has a difficult decision to make; condemn Q to eternity in a prison or allow him to become mortal and take his own life.

I'm not a big fan of the Q, while they are interesting characters their god-like powers make them a bit too all powerful to be believable even within the realms of Star Trek. Seeing them inside the Continuum was interesting though. Guest stars John de Lancie and Gerrit Graham did good jobs as the two Qs. While I won't spoil the ending I will say it was not quite what I'd expected to happen which was a nice surprise.

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