Recap / Star Trek: The Next Generation S1E9 "Hide and Q"
Q returns to the Enterprise to tempt Commander Riker into joining the Q Continuum with the lure of Q's powers.
This episode contains examples of:
Buffy Speak: It seems as though nobody can come up with a better term for "beast-men dressed like Napoleonic soldiers with nineteenth century muskets that shoot energy blasts" than "vicious animal things."
Early Installment Weirdness: Worf tosses the drink that Q makes for him, which the latter says is due to the Klingon code saying "drink not with thine enemy." The "Redemption" two-parter would show Klingons more than willing to drink with their enemies.note But then, it would be shown that Worf follows the rules of Klingon society far more strictly than most Klingons. Even he is aghast to see Klingons drinking with their enemies.
Riker: Everyone looks uncomfortable. Picard: Perhaps they're remembering that old quote, "Power corrupts—" Riker: "And absolute power corrupts absolutely." Do you believe I haven't thought of that, Jean-Luc? Picard: And have you noticed how you and I are now on a first-name basis?
Humans Are Special: The Q believe this, and are afraid of it. The purpose (according to Q) of tempting Riker into joining the Q Continuum is to give the Q knowledge of humanity's special qualities, which they can use to head off humanity's advancement before the species surpasses the Q themselves.
Picard: 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!" Q: Surely, you don't see your species like that, do you? Picard: I see us one day becoming that, Q. Is that what concerns you?
Shut Up, Kirk!: Q's response is to simply leave in disgust. As suggested by reviewer SF Debris, it's entirely possible that Q later throwing the Borg at the Federation, leading to Picard's assimilation and vengeance-fueled antics in Star Trek: First Contact, were simply his counter-argument to Picard's pontificating, echoing his words with all the irony that Shakespeare had originally intended!
Q: Hear this, Picard, and reflect: "All the galaxy's a stage." Picard: "World," not "galaxy;" "all the world's a stage." Q: Oh, you know that one. Well, if he was living now, he would have said "galaxy."