ST:TNG 3.13 Déjà Q ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch continues with a naked Q in...

Déjà Q
Season 3, Episode 13

  • While The Enterprise is trying to help a planet from being a victim to their own moon, Q unceremoniously arrives on the bridge with the claim of being kicked out of the Q Continuum and turned into a human with a mortal existence.
    Character Focus:
    • Q is the focus of this episode, and as a mortal human which suprizingly doesn't suit him very well. Once his is mortal he is attacked by The Calamarains, which jeopardize not only The Enterprise but also their efforts to save the planet below from their moon. We haven't seen Q for a while, in fact the last time was in 2.16 Q Who where he flinged the ship to encounter The Borg.
    • Data also gets a lot of screen time as he escorts Q around the ship and tries to help him understand what it is to be human. It's quite cute as he inadvertently becomes a bit of an advocate for Q being truthful about the whole mortal thing as well as the juxtaposition of them being both being an existence that is not exactly what they want, nor among those like them.
    • We also get some Guinan time as she comes to check out the mortal version of Q and is convinced he *is* mortal after she stabs him with a fork. Gotta love Guinan.

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    What I remembered about this episode:
    • I remember mostly the humour of the episode, of which there is lots with any Q episode but here it is more so with his confusion of the every day necessities and strains of human life such as needed to sleep, eat or dealing with a hurt back.
    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • Not too much new noticing here, although I did love the Worf Wisdom moment that Q could prove his mortality by simply... dying.
    • Sneaky Q say he picked human at a bit of a lark and than because Picard is the closest he was to a friend, although it's later revealed that (in addition *or* instead of..?) it's human compassion that he was banking on to help him when later attacked by other species he's toyed with over the years.
    What feels different now, than then:
    • Like most episodes that have a mystery element (is Q telling the truth about being human, or not?), there is a little less tension re-watching than the first time watch but there ended up not being too much that felt different although I did notice that his outlandish suggestion of 'changing the gravitational constant of the universe' was the impetus for Geordi's next idea to save the planet from their moon which is on route to crash into them.
    What remained the same:
    • Q cracks me up, always has and always will. Even though I remembered literally every beat of this episode I was still completely entertained.
    What I see differently:
    • The big resolve here with Q committing a self-less act by leaving The Enterprise so that the aliens that seek revenge on Q can't effect the ship or their efforts to save the planet from their moon. It's a nice resolve, but I am not convince that this would make The Continuum take him back..., but it was enough to convince the other Q (played by Corbin Bernsen) who has been watching him.
    Great Quotes:
    • "Q the miserable, Q the desperate! What must I do to convince you people?" / "Die." - Q / Word
    • "You're a pitiful excuse for a human. The only way you're gonna survive is on the charity of others." - Guinan
    • "An irony. It means that you have achieved in disgrace what I have always aspired to be."- Data
    • "Perhaps there's a... residue of humanity in Q after all." - Picard
    Left off at:
    When an additional Q sees Q's self-less act to take himself away from the safety of The Enterprise and in such this makes him be accepted back to The Continuum. He celebrates on the bridge with a mariachi band, gets the moon back in orbit to the planet below is saved and tops it all off by given Data the experience of a truly genuine laugh.

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    Sara Carbaugh said…
    I've been rewatching all the Next Generation shows too and it's hilarious and awesome to watch them with fresh eyes!

    Anything with Q is a favorite of mine. I think my favorite part of this one was when he was terrified by losing consciousness and Picard says "You fell asleep." Oh how I miss this show... :)
    Shannon said…
    I've been having so much fun doing this re-watch, it's been years since I watched them with any intention beyond "Which one is this?"

    This episode is particularly awesome, and I love how Q has some rare meta moments in the series too, like here where he tells Riker he was more fun before the beard. Classic!

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