Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 13

Deja Q

8
Aired Unknown Feb 05, 1990 on CBS
9.0
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Stardate: 43539.1

In the midst of a crisis involving preventing an asteroid moon from colliding with a populated planet, the Calamarian starts attacking the Enterprise while seeking revenge on a powerless Q who has requested sanctuary.

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  • This is the best Q episode ever.

    9.5
    Any episode that has Q in it you know is going to be good but this one was the best. Q comes to the Enterprise having lost his powers and seeks refuge. Captain Picard and the others are having a hard time with the concept of a “human” Q. Just before Q arrived the Enterprise was in the process of humanitarian mission at Bre’el 4 outpost. The Bre’el moon is about to “fall out of the sky”. After the Enterprises first try to push the moon back into orbit the powerless Q arrives asking for sanctuary. Picard grants Q’s request by putting him in the brig. Q convinces Picard that he can help with putting the moon back in orbit. Captain Picard puts Data in charge of Q. Shortly after Q’s release a strange life form show’s up, the Calamarian. The Calamarian has a grudge to settle with Q and will stop at nothing to get vengeance. After two attacks by the Calamarin and Data saving his life both times Q decides that he will never make it as a “human”. Q steals a shuttlecraft so the Calamarin will go after him and not the Enterprise. While in the shuttle Q is visited by another Q (Q2) and is told that he (Q) has his powers back because of his selfless act of trying to save the Enterprise from the Calamarin. Q now with his powers back sends the Calamarin to somewhere far away and shows up on the bride with a full Mariachi band, cigars for the crew and a special surprise for Data his teacher of the humanities. After Q departs Data’s surprise is a huge laugh after which is says that it felt wonderful. And to top things off Q returns the Bre’el moon back to it’s orbit. No matter what Q does or how bad it is he always does the right thing in the end. Q’s more human then he wants to admit. This is just another great episode from Mike Piller.moreless
  • The real meat of this episode is John DeLancie and Brent Spiner​ springboarding off each other with just about every line and furiously trying to underact the other guy.

    8.0
    This Q/Data episode is quite different from the other Q stories, and is a unique delight as a result. With meaty material for both John De Lancie (Q) and regular Brent Spiner (Data), the two actors spend the episode springboarding off each other with just about every line, furiously trying to underact the other guy. The episode's highlights include Data and Q exploring humanity, an interesting B story involving a planet, and a new alien species that actually doesn't look human. Best of all, the whole thing nicely straddles the line between comedy and drama.moreless
  • Among the better Q episodes, but probably overrated. Nevertheless, an entertaining 45 minutes.

    8.0
    Q is a big fan favorite and, judging by the ratings, this is one of the most popular Q episodes. It's significant in two ways – a turning point in which Q changed from a malevolent, antagonistic figure into some sort of cosmic joker/prankster; and probably the only Q episode that focuses on his character, with the Enterprise crew in a supporting role.



    This episode functions well as light entertainment. The encounter with Guinan's fork and Data's laugh sequence are clearly the highlights. There are other amusing parts - Dr. Crusher fixing his bad back, "ten chocolate sundaes!" It was a nice twist to have some old Q-hating aliens show up for revenge. But when the whole thing wrapped up, I wasn't left with any particularly strong impression. The "insights into what makes us human" were generally trivial and not at all insightful, and the "mission" of saving generic aliens from a planet-destroying asteroid was strictly 3rd-tier TNG.



    That said, this is a stronger episode than either "Q-pid" or "True Q". Not every episode can be a "Tapestry".moreless
  • A powerless Q returns and wants to become an official member of the crew. An M-Class planet called Bre'el IV is on the cusp it's own armageddon. Q's past haunts him as he tries to deal with the situation.moreless

    9.1
    Probably the second best "Q" episode in the series (first being "Tapestry"). An episode that truley questions and analyzes what it is to be "human". Through "Q", the episode thoughtfully goes through the little things humans take for granted. What made the episode ever more interesting was that Q's teacher is Data. Simple things such as eating, sleeping, and group work prove an interesting test of Q's intelligence. The episode humbles Q for the first time. The plot offers an interesting character hiding in space, that being the Calamarian. All of this folded perfectly within the primary mission, that being saving the planet Bre'el IV from an impending collision with it's moon. Overall, it's Q at his finest. There's nothing more entertaining than Q and his relationship with the crew.moreless
  • Q is back.

    10
    this is a great episode which has q in it. any episodes where q is in it is great.there are a few great scenes in it where guinan stabs q in the hand with a fork,just so she can check if hes turned human.and one of my favourite scenes is at the end."Q ah,before i go,there is a debt that i intend to repay.to my professor of the humanities.data,i intend to something very,very,special"."DATA if you intend to make me human,,,'.Q no no no,i would never curse you by making you human,think of it as a parting gift.DATA {laughs hysterically/].thats a great and funny scene.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Corbin Bernsen

Corbin Bernsen

Q2

Guest Star

Sandra Wild

Sandra Wild

Fantasy Woman

Guest Star

Richard Cansino

Richard Cansino

Dr. Garin

Guest Star

John de Lancie

John de Lancie

Q

Recurring Role

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Guinan

Recurring Role

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Miles O'Brien

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Data says that blowing up the moon would not reduce its mass, and the damage would be only spread further. While mostly true, it is also true that the mass would be reduced (albeit slightly); the explosion would move some of the mass out of the planet's gravity; and the total surface area would be massively increased, and so smaller moon chunks would burn up in the atmosphere harmlessly.

    • After they save Q's life, Picard assigns a guard to watch Q. The guard pushes Q out into the corridor but never appears again, even after Q breaks into the shuttlebay and steals a shuttlecraft.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Q: I'm feeling pain. I don't like it.

    • Q: This is getting on my nerves, now that I have them!

    • Picard: Q , I am not your Father Confessor - you will receive no absolution from me.

    • Troi: They made you human as part of your punishment.
      Q: No, it was my request. I could've to exist as a Marcophian sea lizard, or a Belzoidian flea. Anything I wished, as long as it was mortal! And since I had only a fraction of a second to mull, I chose this, and asked them to bring me here.
      Troi: Why?
      Q: Because in the universe, you're the closest thing I have to a friend, Jean- Luc.

    • Q: I'm no longer a member of the Q-Continuum! My superiors have decided to punish me!
      Picard: And punish us as well, it would seem.

    • Picard: You want to be treated as human? Fine. Mr. Worf, escort our "guest" to the brig.
      Worf: Gladly, sir.
      Q: You can't do this, Jean-Luc!
      Worf: Either you will walk or I will carry you!
      Q: Given the option, I think I'll walk.

    • Q: I have no powers! Q, the ordinary!
      Picard: Q, the liar! Q, the misanthrope!
      Q: Q, the miserable, Q, the desperate! What must I do to convince you people?
      Worf: Die.
      Q: Oh, very clever, Worf. Eat any good books lately?

    • Q: Your bedside manner is admirable, Doctor. I'm sure your patients recover quickly, just to get away from you.

    • Worf: Be quiet! Or disappear back where you came from.
      Q: I can't disappear, anymore than you could win a beauty contest.

    • Guinan: I hear they drummed you out of the Continuum.
      Q: I'd like to think of it as a significant career change.
      Guinan: Just one of the boys now, eh?
      Q: Just one of the boys with an IQ of 2005.
      Data: The captain and many of the crew are not yet convinced he is truly human.
      Guinan: Really? (stabs Q in the hand, causing him to scream) Seems human enough to me.

    • Q: It was a mistake! I never should've picked human! I knew it the moment I said it. To think of a future in this shell, forced to cover myself with a fabric because of some outdated human morality! To say nothing of being too hot or too cold. Growing feeble with age. Losing my hair. Catching a disease? Being ticklish? Sneezing? Having an itch? A pimple? Bad breath? (looks at Worf) Having to bathe?!
      Worf: Too bad!

    • Q: I'm not good in groups. It's difficult to work in a group when you're omnipotent

    • Picard: (preparing to rescue Q) This goes against my better judgement. Transporter Room Three, lock onto Shuttle One, beam it back into its bay. (Riker gives him a "look") It's a perfectly good shuttlecraft.

    • Q: I'm forgiven! My brothers and sisters of the Continuum have taken me back. I'm immortal again! Omnipotent again!
      Riker: Swell.

    • Q: I wasn't the one who misplaced the entire Deltivian Asteroid Belt!
      Q2: Hey, this is not about me!

    • Q: Ah, before I go, there is a debt that I intend to repay, to my professor of the humanities. Data, I intend to something very, very special.
      Data: If you intend to make me human...
      Q: No, no, no, I would never curse you by making you human, think of it as a parting gift.
      (Data laughs hysterically)

    • Picard: Maybe there is a... residue of humanity in Q after all.
      (Q appears as a cigar in Picard's hand)
      Q: Don't bet on it, Picard.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Q: Oh, perspicacity incarnate! Please don't feel compelled now to tell me the story of 'The Boy Who Cried Worf'.
      This last line is a pun on Æsop's well known fable "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", about the young shepherd who thought it was funny to cry "Wolf" on a couple occasions, in order to have the villagers rushing to assist, only to lose his entire herd (and in some versions, his life) when the wolf really came and the villagers ignored his cries...

    • Q: The king who would be man.
      This is a play on the short story by Rudyard Kipling called "The Man Who Would Be King."

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