Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 1 Episode 10

Hide And Q

Aired Unknown Nov 23, 1987 on CBS
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Stardate: 41590.5

Q places the senior crew of the Enterprise in a war game that pits them against a boar-faced, Napoleonic enemy. Q tries to get Riker to join the Q Continuum when he grants him the power of the Q.

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  • Q has too much power

    What I don't get, even though he explained it, is why he picked Riker to be the one guy to give powers to. Then powers automatically made Riker someone to fear and he became kind of a douche. There was no reason for Q to pick that random star ship and give Riker crazy powers. near the episode he gets "punished?" why didn't he disappear way earlier when he was just screwing around with the crew. This whole episode was just one big huge acid trip. I mean it was entertaining but Q has way too much power it's pretty ridiculous. He has no true weakness besides the authorities over him that control how much he can screw with people. But people who watch TNG need to keep in mind, this is just season 1. Plenty of old shows have shitty beginnings, I can only assume (since this is my first time watching TNG) that it develops over time and gets better.moreless
  • Q-uite sucky

    Season 1 of TNG was undeniably the worst season of the whole show. Part of what makes this season so insufferably bad is the unmitigated moral superiority of our characters. See, Q decides to give Commander Riker the powers of the Q(basically, omnipotence). But when it comes to saving the life of a little dead girl... Picard praises him "You were right not to try!". Let me repeat that again because it bears repeating... Picard just praised Riker... FOR NOT SAVING THE LIFE OF AN INNOCENT LITTLE GIRL!!!!

    Even if you can look past the unfounded moral superiority laid down by Picard and his brainwashed crew, the story is so unbelievably drop dead stupid that it makes Adam Sandler's latest films look insightful and profoundly touching pieces of art. Picard is obviously concerned that Q is tempting Riker with the gift of the Q.... WHY? Why this whole trepidation against accepting a gift that can only do you, your ship and humanity good? Now, I insist that the ONLY reason Picard guilts Riker into letting go of the gift of Q is because Picard's tremendous ego is on the line(Although I'm not sure how Picard has much of an ego left after surrendering to Q barely half an hour into the first half of "Encounter at Farpoint"). This episode sickens me, and it's a prime example why season 1 was such a steaming rotten goat turd.moreless
  • Q gives a gift of his powers to Riker...

    This episode was a poor example of Star Trek - Next Generation. All the acting is generally poor by the principal characters and the action sequences and the special effects are very ordinary. The theme that ultimate power can corrupt is a good concept but this is negated completely by the direction of the story. There are many scenes where the episode falls flat: Tasha breaking down like a baby, Picard telling an all-powerful Riker what to do, Geordi-Data-Riker staring into the distance at nothing, animal-soldiers moving so slowly that they could hardly be classified as threatening, the fake looking planet...the list goes on. I always found the Q stories completely unbelievable. Here is a being so powerful that he could wipe out anything he considers a threat, yet in this story he wants to know what makes Riker tick...and with all the Q stories, the Enterprise continues on like nothing happened...moreless
  • With the ship on route to a rescue mission, Q returns to taunt the crew, this time singling out Riker. He whisks the bridge crew, minus Picard, to a baron planet, and makes Riker an offer he can't refuse. Not classic, but good by first season standards...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    In my opinion, this episode is not quite the series classic that some might claim, but on the other hand, most definitely not the stinker that others might suggest. Personally, I feel it to be a watchable, mostly enjoyable first season outing, where the show is steadily finding it's footing (and own niche from The Original Series) after some truly horrendous very early episodes.

    It still has a rather "cheap and cheerful" feel to it, as does much of the first season, a far cry for the much more polished later stories, but at the same time, delivers an interesting and watchable tale that is surely a long way from the worst in Trek history.

    John De Lancie returns as Q, after being introduced in the pilot, "Encounter at Farpoint". Although I wouldn't quite rank De Lancie as one of TV's all-time greatest guest star roles as some might, I do really like him. He is quirky and amusing, and captures the essence of the character without trying too hard. In the wrong hands, the character could so easily have veered into "look at me everyone, I'm wacky!!" territory, but De Lancie has it pretty spot on, knowing when to play it up, and knowing when to underplay it.

    The unusual thing about this Q episode, is that, instead of his unusual interest (or even obsession) with Picard, he turns his attentions to Riker. This does mildly break with this overall continuity regarding Q, but there's little that can't be explained away, and it's a nice change to see him focusing his sights on another crew member for a change. Besides, as he was to offer one of the crew Godlike powers, maybe he felt he had more chance with Riker than with Picard.

    The section(s) of the story where Q whisks the bridge crew, minus Picard, off to some deserted, baron planet, feels like something straight out of The Original Series. Not only the TV studio set, but the whole "crew members facing a God-like being on an alien planet" concept, something that was used in a number of Original Series episodes.

    The episode, even with it's slight "cheap and cheerful" feel, and maybe not the best of performances from some of the main cast, does have an interesting feel, particularly later on, back on the ship, where Riker – given Q powers – offers each bridge member in turn to experience their dream (Wes being a grown man, Geordi his sight, etc.). I found this very intriguing, although maybe verges on being stretched out a bit too long. It's maybe odd that he never offers Tasha, or even Picard himself, their "dream", though. (Speaking of the main cast, Troi does not appear in this one).

    In the end, the various crew members decide that they do not want their dreams for various reasons, especially not through Q, and reject them, leading Riker to relinquish his new Q powers. It is a nice ending, though maybe convenient that all of the crew – even the young, inexperienced Wes – has the stamina and courage to relinquish their newfound status.

    In all, this is far, FAR from a TNG classic. BUT, but the shaky first season standards, it offers a decent plot, and with a good return appearance by Q. Although not a classic, I enjoy it enough to give it a 9.5.moreless
  • Q-ball....

    On their way to rescue a large group of people, the Enterprise is interrupted by the god-like Q who is taking a particular interest in Riker. Naturally, the Enterprise crew is irritated by his presence and wants him to bugger off so they can carry on with their rescue mission but Q says that the Q Continuum's interest in humans has grown since his last dealings with the Enterprise. Subsequently he wants to play a deadly game with the bridge crew (involving pig-like monsters dressed up as Napoleonic soldiers that are just a little too weird for the episode's own good) and offers Riker something extraordinary.

    "Hide And Q" is a pretty good episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation but not a particularly strong one. The idea of what Q tries to give Riker is interesting and makes for a good story but Riker's change in personality is too quick once he gets a sample of what would be Q's gift, making a 180 degree turn after about five minutes. But Picard and Q's exchange is very entertaining, the episode's end is cool, and Geordi and Worf's parts of the episode are its highlight - "Hide And Q" is an episode ultimately worthy of the series despite not being exactly highly qualified.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

Denise Crosby

Denise Crosby

Tasha Yar

Faith Minton

Faith Minton

Klingon Warrioress (uncredited)

Guest Star

William A. Wallace

William A. Wallace

Wesley (25 years old)

Guest Star

Elaine Nalee

Elaine Nalee

Klingon Survivor

Guest Star

John de Lancie

John de Lancie


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When the bridge crew is first transported to the planet by Q, Data's uniform is missing a solid rank pip, thus showing his rank as Lieutenant Junior Grade, even though his rank is actually Lieutenant Commander.

    • Trivia: This is the first episode that Geordi gets to see through his eyes without the help of his visor.

    • When the crew is up against the soldiers for the second time and Worf charges them, if you look at the sky you can tell where the "corner" of the "sky" (the room) is.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (Worf begins to advance toward Q)
      Picard: No, Lieutenant Worf. You make no move against him unless I order it.
      (Worf halts)
      Q: Pity. You might've learned an interesting lesson, Macrohead-with-a-microbrain.

    • Q: Drink not with thine enemy. The rigid Klingon code.

    • Data: Sir, how is it that the Q can handle time and space so well, and us so badly?
      Picard: Perhaps one day we will discover space and time are simpler than the human equation.

    • Q: Oh come, Picard. Why do you distrust me so?
      Picard: Why? At our first meeting you seized my vessel, you condemned all humans as savages, and on that charge you tried us in a post-atomic 21st century court of horrors where you attacked my people. You again seized my vessel...
      Q: (sarcastically) And that angered you, did it?

    • Riker: Data...?
      Data: No. No, sir.
      Riker: But it's what you've always wanted. To become human.
      Data Yes, sir. That is true. But I never wanted to compound one... illusion with another. It might be real to Q, perhaps even you, sir, but it would never be so to me. Was it not one of the captain's favorite authors who wrote, "This above all, to thine own self be true"? Sorry, commander. I must decline.

    • Q: Let us pray...
      Picard: We will do no such damn thing!

    • Riker: I feel like such an idiot.
      Picard: Right, and so you should.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Although it is not a regular sound effect on the series, this is one of a few rare early episodes to feature the TOS-style comm-system "whistle."

    • Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi) does not appear in this episode. The captain explains in his log that Troi was dropped off at Starbase G6 for a shuttle visit home. Troi was in the original script but was written out to give Sirtis some time off.


    • Picard: Oh, I know Hamlet. And what he might say with irony, I say with conviction: "What a piece of work is Man. How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and movement, how express and admirable, in action, how like an angel, in apprehension, how like a god."
      Quoting from arguably William Shakespeare's most famous work, the story of the Danish Prince Hamlet.

    • William Shakespeare's Hamlet
      The line Data quotes from "one of the captain's favorite authors" is from Hamlet: "This above all; to thine own self be true."

    • Shakespeare's Macbeth
      Q quotes the following from Shakespeare's Macbeth: "Life is but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

    • William Shakespeare's As You Like It
      The line Q says, "All the galaxy's a stage . . . " is a twist on the line "all the world's a stage" from William Shakespeare's As You Like It.