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Stardate: 41590.5 While on a critical rescue mission, the “Q” entity reappears and decides to whisk the senior crew off the ship to play in a deadly war game against strange monsters in French military uniforms which has summoned up. Then, in a twist, “Q” offers Cmdr. Riker a chance to end the game by accepting becoming a “Q.” Against Capt. Picard’s orders, Riker agrees, and transports everyone back to Enterprise. However, Riker soon finds his new powers are corrupting his judgment, as he tries to live his normal life aboard the ship. The problem escalates when Enterprise reaches the planet they were originally headed to rescue.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x10
Production Number: 111
Airdate: Monday November 23rd, 1987

Director: Cliff Bole
Writer: C.J. Holland
Teleplay: Gene Roddenberry

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) Nov 23, 1987
UK (BBC TWO) Nov 21, 1990
FR (BBC TWO) Nov 21, 1990

  • Currently 7.6/10
7.6/10 (7 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
John de LancieJohn de Lancie
As Q
Elaine NaleeElaine Nalee
As Klingon Survivor
William A. Wallace (3)William A. Wallace (3)
As Wesley (25 years old)

Faith MintonFaith Minton
As Klingon Warrioress
Main Cast
Patrick StewartPatrick Stewart
As Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan FrakesJonathan Frakes
As Commander William T. Riker
LeVar BurtonLeVar Burton
As Lieutenant/Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge
Michael DornMichael Dorn
As Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFaddenGates McFadden
As Dr. Beverly Crusher
Brent SpinerBrent Spiner
As Lt. Commander Data
Denise CrosbyDenise Crosby
As Lt. Tasha Yar
Wil WheatonWil Wheaton
As Acting Ensign/Ensign Wesley Crusher
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
*Captain's Log, Stardate 41590.5. Having dropped off Counselor Troi at Starbase G-6 for a shuttle visit home we were fortunately close to the Sigma III solar system when its Federation colony transmitted an urgent call for medical help. An accidental explosion has devastated has a mining operation there.
*Captain's Log, supplemental. Our rescue mission to the Sigma III solar system has been halted by an immense grid and an untimely visit from Q.
*Stardate: today. This is Q speaking for Captain Jean-Luc Picard, whom we consider to be too bound by Starfleet customs and traditions to be of use to us. The Enterprise is now helpless; stuck like an Earth insect in amber, while its bridge crew plays out a game whose real intent is to test whether the first officer is worthy of the greatest gift the Q can offer.
*Captain's Log, Stardate 41591.4. Twelve minutes out from Quadra Sigma III where the survivors of an underground disaster desperately need our help. Aboard the Enterprise First Officer William T. Riker needs help nearly as badly. But this is a subject far out of my experience. Out of any human's experience.

Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) does not appear in this episode.

Warning: Star Trek: The Next Generation season 1 episode 10 guide may contain spoilers
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