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Stardate: 46192.3 Enterprise learns that a new crew member is really a member of the Q Continuum. However, she is unaware of her origins and her parents’ rebellion against the continuum. When Q arrives to determine if she should continue to exist or not, things get strange for the Enterprise crew, and the nascent Q.


Episode Info


Episode number: 6x6
Production Number: 232
Airdate: Monday October 26th, 1992


Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) Oct 26, 1992
IE (SETANTA IRELAND) Aug 16, 1995
FR (BBC TWO) Aug 16, 1995
UK (BBC TWO) Aug 16, 1995

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
John de LancieJohn de Lancie
As Q
Recurring
Olivia dOlivia d'Abo
As Amanda
Main Cast
Patrick Stewart
As Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes
As Commander William T. Riker
LeVar Burton
As Lieutenant/Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge
Michael Dorn
As Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden
As Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis
As Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner
As Lt. Commander Data
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
*Captain's Log, Stardate 46192.3. We have arrived at Starbase 112 and are loading relief supplies destined for Tagra IV, an ecologically devastated planet in the Argolis Cluster. We have also taken on a rather unusual passenger.
*Captain's Log, Stardate 46193.8. We have arrived at Tagra IV and begun delivering supplies. In the meantime, I face a crisis of a different nature.

According to Paramount, this episode was also known as “Q Me?”



Analysis
This episode offers a small issue in that one option open to Amanda is never discussed or suggested -- as shown (or at least indicated and never revised) the Q have the power to remove the abilities of a Q -- this was shown as a substantial plot point of Déjà Q (03x13). If the Q considered it their responsibility to supervise Q beings, then one clear option which could have been offered to Amanda was to give up her Q powers. This could also have been offered to her parents rather than terminating them (though they may have been offered the option and refused). This, in itself, is an interesting conundrum -- having been raised as a human, would someone actually give up the Q power having just discovered they had it? Riker did that, somewhat, in Hide and Q (01x10), but that's not quite the same thing -- Riker was given the powers when fully mature and experienced, and with a full life and friends to sacrifice, and so chose not to give up his life as he knew it. Amanda would be young and far more subject to the lure such powers would bring, and she did not have actual established life and friends (in the same manner as Riker did) who she would have had to give up to retain the powers.



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