While Voyager investigates what appears to be a typical comet, the crew of Voyager accidentally releases a member of the "Q continuum" who has been imprisoned in it for over 300 years. He was confined by the continuum for the sole purpose of stopping him from committing suicide. The "Q" then claims asylum on Voyager leaving Captain Janeway to decide whether he should go back in to confinement or whether to grant his request for asylum on Voyager, giving him endless opportunities to commit suicide. Written by
Did You Know?
The original script featured Geordi LaForge, but LeVar Burton
became unavailable, so the part was changed to Commander Riker. The original script also included a line where Q told Tuvok "Without me you'd be Chief Engineer of the Enterprise" - an in-joke referring to Tim Russ
auditioning for the role of LaForge. 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
You mustn't think of us as omnipotent, no matter what The Continuum would like you to believe. You and your ship seem incredibly powerful to life-forms without your technical expertise. It's no different with us. We may appear omnipotent to you, but believe me, we're not.
"Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title"
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway See more