Star Trek: Voyager: Season 3, Episode 11

The Q and the Grey (27 Nov. 1996)

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Due to the death of the Q in their last encounter with Voyager, a Civil War has broken out among the Q continuum. A new Q needs to be produced and the mischievous Q known to the USS Enterprise has chosen Janeway as his mate.



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


Due to the death of the Q in their last encounter with Voyager, a Civil War has broken out among the Q continuum. A new Q needs to be produced and the mischievous Q known to the USS Enterprise has chosen Janeway as his mate.

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When Janeway and Q are condemned to be executed, the camera performs a quick zoom on each of their faces reminiscent of many old Western movies. See more »


Q tells Janeway that no pair of Q had ever mated and/or procreated. However the TNG episode "True Q" is the story of a pair of Q who had settled on Earth as humans and produced a child, Amanda Rodgers. See more »


Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: You aren't the first female who's ever had a man run out on her.
Female Q: I hope you're not comparing some failed romance in your pitiful existence to my eternal association with Q.
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: You know, I have really had it with this superiority complex of yours.
Female Q: It's not a complex, dear, it's a fact.
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: Well, here's another fact: if you don't stop pestering me, I'm never going to finish, in which case your association with Q might not be quite as "eternal" as you think.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Emissary (1989) See more »


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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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The Continuum at war
17 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As the episode opens the crew are excited to witness a supernova; an event most members of Star Fleet will never get to see. For the captain the joy is short lived as when she returns to her quarters she finds she has a visitor. It is Q and he has an unappealing proposition; he wishes to mate with her! She is sure that there is more to his proposal than first meets the eye and soon we learn that he already has a partner, a female Q who is unimpressed with his desire to mate with a lesser species. Their arguments are put on hold when Voyager encounters further supernovas. Q takes Janeway to the Continuum where he explains that the novas aren't natural but are the by-product of a civil war within the Continuum. So that Janeway, and the audience, can understand the nature of their war it is viewed as though it was the American Civil War, with Q a Union officer and those who oppose change taking the role of the Confederates. While Janeway is trying to resolve the civil war the female Q is trying to bring Voyager to the Continuum.

This wasn't one of my favourite episodes; even though John de Lancie does a fine job in the role of Q I'm not too keen on the character or the Continuum as a whole. There was one good laugh though when we learn what sex entails for the Q; I won't spoil it but will say that when Janeway learnt what it involved she didn't think she'd missed much by turning Q down.

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