Friday, April 05, 2013

ST:TNG 6.06 True Q ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

A young Starfleet intern discovers her talents might be more than earthly in 6.06 True Q.


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Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch continues with ...

True Q
Season 6, Episode 6

Story:
  • The Enterprise welcomes an intern aboard who has powers beyond normal human ranges, and she is tested by none other than Q just as the ship is preparing to supply a planet with supplies to help alleviate their ecological troubles.
    Character Focus:
    • Amanda Rogers, the intern about The Enterprise is the focus of the episode as after being on the ship for a brief period of time she displays powers of telekinesis and object teleportation, which is later explained by the fact she is a Q.
    • Q is also a focus on the episode, and oddly wrecks much less havoc on the ship than normal as he 'tests' Amanda to see is she is a full Q or not.
    • Both Picard and Beverly play key roles here in advising Amanda, liaising (or trying to liaise) her with Q and look out for everyone's well being.
    What I remembered about this episode:
    • I remember this as a 'baby Q' episode, and that Amanda gets a crush on Riker which is very cute.
    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • It was nice to see Q pretty early in Season 6 as we didn't see him at all in Season 5!
    What feels different now, than then:
    • I find it a bit odd that there there is an intern that *isn't* in The Academy. We know she's from earth, she certainly looks the same age or older than Wesley when he went to The Academy (or perhaps it's just that I recognize her from Conan The Destroyer).
    What remained the same:
    • It's horrific that the Q considering the two options of her either joining the Q Continuum, or destroying her. Not very nice. I wonder if her 'human' outlook would change how the Continuum acts or thinks at all.
    • I always love the exchanges between Picard and Q, and this one is particularly good for that as Picard wants them to appear at least civil together although that's a strain he manages to creatively find a way to do it.
    What I see differently:
    • I'm very curious about the choices Amanda and other Q make about their omnipotence. Our friendly neighbourhood Q always approaches it from the perspective of getting anything he wants, but I wonder if you are born into the continuum with that perspective would you even perceive a want, as a want. Is there not something about wanting something the fact that you don't have it? If all Q can instantly have what they want, doesn't it definitely change what a want even is?
    Great Quotes:
    • "Everything was normal, and then suddenly it's like the laws of physics went right out the window." - Geordi
    • "Amanda, er... Allow me to introduce... er... Q... Er, he's, erm... he's an acquaintance of ours. We've, er, we've known him... for years..." - Picard
    • "Ever since I got here I've been fighting this. I've been denying the truth - denying what I am. I am Q." - Amanda
    Left off at:
    When faced with the choice of either remaining among humans but not using her powers or joining the Q Continuum, Amanda chooses to remain with humans. But at the first sign of trouble on the planet they are helping, she intervenes and not only solves the minor problem but restores the ecology of the entire world. She decides to go her own way, and then she'll connect with the Continuum.



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