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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Hide and Q


TNG Season 1 Episode 10
Air Date: November 23rd, 1987

Plot

On their way to help a mining colony that had a cave in, Q shows up and tries to convince Riker to join the Q continuum. He does it by playing a game, taking the bridge staff other then Picard to a battlefield. Once given the power of the Q, Riker is able to save the bridge crew but makes a promise to Picard that he would not use the power anymore. But when they arrive at the mining colony, a child was caught in the cave in and died. Riker wanted to save her, but couldn't because his promise.

To prove a point about the corruptive nature of power, Picard allowed Riker to give each bridge officer anything they wanted, but none of them were willing to pay the price. Riker realized how foolish he was and gives up the power.

Commentary

The second episode with Q, we learn that after the Encounter at Farpoint, the Q have become interested in humanity and specifically with Riker. They believe that one day, Humans may even become more powerful then the Q. They try to recruit Riker to see if they can learn about what it is that makes Humans different.

Once Riker gets the power of the Q, you can see an almost immediate change in his demeanor. He starts referring to Picard by his first name. He acts like everything is beneath him. It tries to demonstrate that anybody with too much power will inherently become evil and giving up the power is the road to redemption.

Quotes

"You seem to find this all very amusing." - Q
"I might, if we weren't on our way to help some suffering and dying humans." - Riker
"Ah, your species is always suffering and dying." - Q

"Geordi, can you see Worf?" - Riker
"I'd see the freckles on his nose if he had them, sir." - Gordi

"Hear this, Picard, and reflect. All the galaxy is a stage." - Q
"World, not galaxy. All the world's a stage." - Picard
"Oh, you know that one. Well, if he were living now, he would have said galaxy. How about this. 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." - Q
"I see. So how we respond to a game tells you more about us than our real life, this tale, told by an idiot? Interesting, Q." - Picard

"Perhaps maybe a little, uh, Hamlet?" - Q
"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, in moving, how express and admirable! In action, how like an angel! In apprehension, how like a god!" - Picard
"Surely, you don't see your species like that, do you?" - Q
"I see us one day becoming that, Q. Is it that which concerns you?" - Picard

"He's nothing but a flim-flam man." - Picard

"Perhaps they're all remembering that old saying power corrupts." - Picard
"And absolute power corrupts absolutely. Do you believe I haven't thought of that, Jean-Luc?" - Riker
"And have you noticed how you and I are now on a first name basis?" - Picard

"No! No, sir." - Data
"But it's what you've always wanted Data, to become human." - Riker
"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." - Data

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