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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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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According to the short article entitled "Bringing Back Q", appearing in the Feb. 17-23, 1996 issue of TV Guide, Michael Piller originally wanted to bring on more guest stars for this episode than actually had appeared. According to Piller, "We tried to get Michael Jordan, but he wants to be hired as an actor, not as himself. We also wanted to get Cal Ripken, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, or Frank Sinatra," adding, "Hey, we aim high." 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 »


Quinn: Hello. My name is Q.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: The Q and the Grey (1996) See more »


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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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