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Hide And Q 

The Enterprise encounters Q again, and he tempts Riker by endowing him with the powers of the Q.


Cliff Bole


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Maurice Hurley (teleplay by) (as C.J. Holland) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby ... Lt. Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
John de Lancie ... Q
Elaine Nalee ... Female Survivor
William Wallace William Wallace ... 25 Year-old Wesley Crusher (as William A. Wallace)


The indefatigable Q appears again, still not convinced that humans are a race worth saving and wanting to test them yet again. This time he focuses on Commander Riker and sets out to prove that mankind will not do the right thing when the opportunity presents itself. To prove his point, he vests in Riker all of his powers convinced that the old adage about absolute power corrupting absolutely will prove to be true. Riker is obviously tempted to play God but his assumptions about giving people the opportunity to be whatever they want doesn't go over quite well. Picard knew that the experiment would fail and wins his wager with Q. Written by garykmcd

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Scenes from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint (1987), the series' pilot episode, were reused for this episode, including the opening scene, where four officers are leaving the sickbay. A couch can be seen behind them where Dr. Crusher's office is now located. Also, the visual effects shots showing the Enterprise approaching and being blocked by Q's barrier in space are also reused from the pilot. See more »


After she is given the order to raise the shields, Yar says, "Shields and deflectors up." The Deflectors would already be up, as they are used to keep particulate matter from striking the ship at warp (faster than light) speed. The shields are the much more powerful force fields used to protect the ship from attack. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Perhaps they're all remembering that old saying "Power corrupts".
Commander William T. Riker: And absolute power corrupts absolutely. Do you believe I haven't thought of that, Jean-Luc?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: And have you noticed how you and I are now on a first name basis?
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q Who (1989) See more »


La Marseillaise
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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A beardless Riker classic
19 February 2020 | by nsalgado-23017See all my reviews

As a total William Thomas Riker mark, this is a solid episode. Nice to see Q interact with the mid card of the cast and put over my boi several times. Bonus point for the scene where Worf says he doesn't need sex

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21 November 1987 (USA) See more »

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