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Déjà Q 

Much to Picard's displeasure, Q reappears on the Enterprise, claiming to have been ejected from the Q Continuum, and therefore, lost his powers.


Les Landau


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Richard Danus | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher (credit only)
John de Lancie ... Q
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan
Richard Cansino ... Dr. Garin
Betty Muramoto ... Scientist


The Enterprise assists the planet Brial 4 which is threatened by its moon which falls onto the Western continent, reason unknown and impossible to shatter without even greater damage. The tractor beam proves too weak; then suddenly the dreaded Q appears aboard, naked, claiming to be stripped of his omnipotence too, thrown out of the Continuum and forced to chose a mortal life form: human. While Q makes a brilliant engineering suggestion and wrestles with the human condition, the Calimarane, a species with a grudge against him, and next a deus ex machina appears... Written by KGF Vissers

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3 February 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is based upon the phrase Déjà vu, the experience of feeling sure that one has witnessed or experienced a new situation previously. See more »


The crew attempt to adjust the moon's orbit at perigee (closest approach). If you are attempting to adjust the altitude of a body's perigee (in this case to avoid a collision with the planet), the best time to do it is to wait until it reaches apogee. This will change the elevation of perigee the most with the least amount of energy. Changing a body's velocity at perigee only changes the elevation of apogee and does nothing to change its perigee. If they are trying to avoid a collision the crew has chosen the worst time to do it. See more »


Lt. Cmdr. Data: I have observed that the selection of food is often influenced by the mood of the person ordering.
Q: I'm in a dreadful mood. Get me something appropriate.
Lt. Cmdr. Data: When Counselor Troi is unhappy, she usually eats something chocolate.
Q: Chocolate?
Lt. Cmdr. Data: Mm. A chocolate sundae for example. Although I do not speak from personal experience, I have seen it have a profound psychological impact.
Q: [to waitress] I'll have ten chocolate sundaes.
Waitress: Ten?
Lt. Cmdr. Data: I have never seen anyone eat ten chocolate sundaes.
Q: I'm in a really bad ...
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Death Wish (1996) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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John de Lancie OWNS
16 January 2017 | by M_ExchangeSee all my reviews

It's yet another outstanding performance by de Lancie as Q. I know that he is a successful actor now, but given his consistent greatness on this show and his outstanding performances in "Breaking Bad" I'm surprised that he isn't a superstar and I'm not seeing him in every other big budget movie that I watch. It's also a testament to Gene Roddenberry's genius that he recognized his immense talent and cast him in the first couple of episodes as the iconic Q entity.

Data's simpatico interactions with Q and his guidance through the mores of humanity make for some of the best dialogue on the show. It's great subtle and witty humor. I really love this episode.

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