Recap: Star Trek The Next Generation S 1 E 9 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".
  • Deadly Game: Q subjects the crew to one, in order to test Riker.
  • Deal with the Devil
  • Drunk with Power: Riker, temporarily.
  • First Name Basis:
    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?
  • Hamlet: Quoted often.
  • Humans Are Special: The Q believe this, and are afraid of it.
  • I Gave My Word: Riker promises Picard not to use his new powers.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted
  • Large Ham: John De Lancie is particularly over-the-top in this episode.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Worf when he attempts to fight the Napoleonic soldiers, getting a bayonet in the gut.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The aforementioned beast-men dressed like Napoleonic soldiers with nineteenth century muskets that shoot energy blasts.
  • Patrick Stewart Speech: One of the best in the series.
    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!'
    • 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!
  • Ship Tease: When Geordi is given his sight, he looks at Tasha and says, "You're more beautiful than I ever imagined."
  • Shown Their Work: When Picard makes his Patrick Stewart Speech and quotes Hamlet, he notes that while Hamlet was sarcastic when listing humanity's virtues, he himself is being sincere, thus averting Analogy Backfire. Unsurprising given Patrick Stewart's Shakespearean background.
  • Shout-Out: To As You Like It:
    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."
  • Smug Snake: Q, in tempting Riker to hold onto his new powers and abandon his shipmates.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Probably unintentional, but Wesley Crusher gets gorily stabbed through the stomach by a "vicious animal thing". The image was popularly captioned "Wesley gets the point."
  • Throwing Off the Disability: Riker gives Geordi actual eyes, which lets him appreciate Tasha's attractiveness, but Geordi asks to stay blind, saying "I don't like where it came from."
  • Up to Eleven: Q adopts a French Field Marshal's uniform just because it lets him go one rank above admiral.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: We know Picard hates children, but did he just give Riker a pat on the back for not using his powers powers to save a dying child?
    Riker: I could have saved that little girl!
    Picard: You were right not to try!
  • Written-In Absence: Troi has left Starbase G-6 prior to the opening scene.