Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Death Wish 

As Voyager's captain, Janeway conducts a hearing for asylum tied to a suicidal Q's right to die.


James L. Conway


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 5 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Gerrit Graham ... Quinn
Peter Dennis ... Isaac Newton
Maury Ginsberg ... Maury Ginsberg
John de Lancie ... Q
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker


Investigation of a faux comet accidentally releases an suicidal Q philosopher (later called Quinn), whom the Continuum imprisoned over 300 years ago to prevent his death and unbalance their society. When Q appears to put him back, Quinn demands asylum. A chase ensues with Voyager in tow, which Captain Janeway ends by calling for a hearing to decide whether to return Quinn to his confinement and live or to grant his request for mortality and risk him ending his own life. Written by statmanjeff

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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 »


Janeway calls a Red Alert before heading to the transporter room to respond to B'Elanna's report that Q has beamed aboard, yet when Q transports the two of them to the mess hall, there is no Alert in progress. Q may have canceled it, yet the crew would have heard the initial warnings and begun moving to their designated areas. Instead, they are standing and sitting around like nothing has happened. See more »


Quinn: I'm sorry to disappoint you, Captain, but I would only have been pretending to fit into this mortal existence. This is my final gift to my people. Oh... tell them those were my last words. I dearly thank you, for making this p... poss...
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Two Q's: A Question of Morality in Another Dimension
19 August 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Our old friend Q and Q Too show up on Voyager. The latter has been imprisoned in a comet. He is suffering from serious depression as an immortal creature. He wants to become mortal so he can die. The original Q won't hear of this because it could tear at the fabric of the continuum (or something like that]. Anyway, it is left to Janeway to be judge and jury. She is strongly opposed to suicide, but she also realizes the eternal unhappiness of Q Too. What will she do. This is a very "human" story. Q provides a host of shenanigans along the way.

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