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* StatusQuoIsGod: Goes back and forth; the Prime Directive prevents the ''Enterprise'' crew giving ''Serenity'' too significant an upgrade, and they literally canít do that much to help Riverís mental damage, but they do give ''Serenity'' as thorough an upgrade as possible while keeping it within the limits of what is possible for the Alliance, as well as paying the crew for their time, [[spoiler:to say nothing of the destruction of the Reaver fleet]].

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* StatusQuoIsGod: Goes back and forth; Obviously the Prime Directive prevents the ''Enterprise'' crew giving ''Serenity'' too significant an upgrade, and they literally canít do that much to help Riverís mental damage, but damage. However, they do give ''Serenity'' as thorough an upgrade as possible while keeping it within the limits of what is possible for the Alliance, as well as paying the crew for their time, [[spoiler:to say nothing of the destruction of the Reaver fleet]].



* UnconventionalCourtroomTactics: "No Good Deed" arguably sees Q do this; [[spoiler:he summons a Reaver into the court in a manner that Karras suggests was intended to reinforce their threat to those who hadn't seen the Reavers in person, thus giving them further evidence that Picard was right to interfere and destroy the Reavers to save the Alliance planets]].



* TheWorfEffect: A literal example of this; the ''Enterprise'' crew get a taste of how dangerous the Reavers are when [[spoiler:a single Reaver stays conscious after multiple phaser blasts set on stun and manages to inflict a dangerous cut on Worfís stomach that damages his sash before they finally knock it out]].

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* TheWorfEffect: A literal example of this; the ''Enterprise'' crew get a taste of how dangerous the Reavers are when [[spoiler:a single Reaver stays conscious after multiple phaser blasts set on stun and manages to inflict a dangerous cut on Worfís stomach that damages his sash before they finally knock it out]].out]].
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* GenocideDilemma: The ''Enterprise'' crew face this when faced with the possibility that they could stop the threat of the Reavers as the Reavers prepare to attack a significant planet in Alliance space. As well as the obvious issue of the Prime Directive, the crew consider the possibility of trying to just stop the Reaver fleet rather than destroying it or trying to cure the Reavers of their pax-induced insanity, but they conclude that they lack the time to put either plan into action (and Mal observes that anyone turned back to normal after being a Reaver would likely kill themselves from the trauma of remembering what they did). Eventually, [[spoiler:Captain Picard concludes that the Reavers are too dangerous to be spared and destroys their fleet, although a subsequent court martial concludes that the charge of genocide can't qualify as Reavers can only be male and are psychologically incapable of anything more than killing what isn't like them]].


* CurbStompBattle: When the ''Enterprise''-D crew decide that [[spoiler:they must destroy the Reaver fleet to save the humans of the Alliance, although the Reaver fleet consists of over fifty ships against the ''Enterprise'' on its own, the ''Enterprise'' destroys them all in a matter of seconds]].

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* CurbStompBattle: When the ''Enterprise''-D crew decide that [[spoiler:they must destroy the Reaver fleet to save the humans of the Alliance, although the Reaver fleet consists of over fifty three hundred ships against the ''Enterprise'' on its own, the ''Enterprise'' destroys them all in under a matter of seconds]].minute]].

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* AuthorityInNameOnly: A good term for Inara's status here, as Mal introduces her to the ''Enterprise'' crew as 'Ambassador'. While Inara quickly clarifies that she's only the ambassador for ''Serenity'' rather than for the Alliance as a whole, she is able to spend her time on the ''Enterprise'' living up to the title by mingling with the various alien races on the ship, and greatly enjoys the experience.


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* GeekyTurnOn: While Kaylee obviously isn't allowed to learn more about the specifics of Federation technology, she greatly enjoys the chance to see the ''Enterprise''.


* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Picard explicitly notes that itís not like Data to equivocate when he spends time explaining the history of the Chara system and explaining that he has run various diagnostics before explaining that the Chara system theyíre facing is nothing like the system as recorded in the Enterprise database.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Picard explicitly notes that itís not like Data to equivocate when he spends time explaining talking about the history of the Chara system and explaining confirming that he has run various diagnostics to be sure that his results are correct before explaining that the Chara system theyíre facing is nothing like the system as recorded in the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' database.



* TakeAThirdOption: Brought up [[spoiler:and defied; the point of these events is for Q to put Picard in a position where there is no third option, and the captainís choices are to either destroy the Reavers or let the Reavers destroy humanity in this system]].

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* TakeAThirdOption: Brought up [[spoiler:and defied; the point of these events is for Q to put Picard in a position where there is ''is'' no third option, and the captainís choices are to either destroy the Reavers or let the Reavers destroy humanity in this system]].


** River later does even best -- she ''rips Q's vocal chords'' when he condescends to her.

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** River later does even best -- better; she ''rips out Q's vocal chords'' when he condescends to her.

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* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Mal's reaction to Q belittling him is to pull a Sisko -- this is, breaking the slimy bastard's nose and threatening to do it again.
** River later does even best -- she ''rips Q's vocal chords'' when he condescends to her.


''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4603570/1/Lost-In-The-Woods Lost in the Woods]]'' and its sequel, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5080324/1/No-Good-Deed No Good Deed]]'', by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/1716738/Ardwolf Ardwolf]], is a crossover between ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', set early in Season Three for ''[=TNG=]'' and just after ''Firefly'' concluded its televised run. When Q returns to the ''Enterprise'', he nonchalantly responds to Picardís demands that he restore the eighteen crewmembers lost to the Borg during his last visit and then follows it by sending the ''Enterprise'' into a parallel universe in the name of his latest test. Woods explores how the two crews interact with each other, culminating in the ''Enterprise'' [[spoiler:completely destroying the Reaver fleet]], and the second explores the consequences of the ''Enterprise''{{í}}s visit in both worlds.

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''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4603570/1/Lost-In-The-Woods Lost in the Woods]]'' and its sequel, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5080324/1/No-Good-Deed No Good Deed]]'', by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/1716738/Ardwolf Ardwolf]], is a crossover between ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', set early in Season Three for ''[=TNG=]'' and just after ''Firefly'' concluded its televised run. When Q returns to the ''Enterprise'', he nonchalantly responds to Picardís demands that he restore the eighteen crewmembers lost to the Borg during his last visit and then follows it by sending the ''Enterprise'' into a parallel universe in the name of his latest test. Woods explores how the two crews interact with each other, culminating in the ''Enterprise'' [[spoiler:completely destroying the Reaver fleet]], and the second explores the consequences of the ''Enterprise''{{í}}s ''Enterprise''[=í=]s visit in both worlds.

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* TricksterMentor: Karras, Picard's lawyer, speculates that this is Q's true nature, since while he has caused grief, he's also saved lives on a grand scale- prepping mankind for the Borg, and dealing with the Reaver problem.

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* SparedByTheAdaptation: Wash and Book both survive, as the events that led to their canonical deaths never happen. [[spoiler: Q knows it, and tells Mal that he gave Mal's crew a gift that they'll never know they had, before specifically namedropping those two crew members.]]

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*MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Invoked when the ''Enterprise'' crew are contemplating finding a cure for the Reavers; Mal explicitly states that anyone who returned to normal after spending any time as a Reaver would probably blow their own brains out from the horror of remembering what they had done.

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*OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Picard explicitly notes that itís not like Data to equivocate when he spends time explaining the history of the Chara system and explaining that he has run various diagnostics before explaining that the Chara system theyíre facing is nothing like the system as recorded in the Enterprise database.


* BreakingTheFourthWall: An indirect example of this occurs when Mal initially arrives on the ''Enterprise'' and speculates that Deanna Troi is the shipís equivalent of a companion, invoking the fact that Troi and Inara were basically the sex appeal for their shows.


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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: An indirect example of this occurs when Mal initially arrives on the ''Enterprise'' and speculates that Deanna Troi is the shipís equivalent of a companion, invoking the fact that Troi and Inara were basically the sex appeal for their shows.


* AlienNonInterferenceClause: A key issue faced by the ''Enterprise'' is the extent to which the Prime Directive applies in their current situation while they are in Alliance space, as the Alliance doesn't have warp or subspace but have clearly travelled a significant distance across space. While they ultimately decide not to make direct contact with the Alliance, the ''Enterprise'' crew do provide ''Serenity'' with as complete an upgrade as they can without making the ship significantly more advanced, [[spoiler:and also destroy the Reavers completely once they confirm that the consequences of sparing the Reavers are even worse]].



* BackFromTheDead: The fic opens as Q decides to grant Picard a 'favour' by restoring the eighteen members of the ''Enterprise'' crew who were taken by the Borg during their first encounter (although it would appear that Q actually just moved them through time rather than bringing them back from the dead).



* StatusQuoIsGod: Goes back and forth; the Prime Directive prevents the ''Enterprise'' crew giving ''Serenity'' too significant an upgrade, and they literally canít do that much to help Riverís mental damage, but they do give ''Serenity'' as thorough an upgrade as possible while keeping it within the limits of what is possible for the Alliance, as well as paying the crew over three hundred kilograms of platinum and various foods for their time, [[spoiler:to say nothing of the destruction of the Reaver fleet]].

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* StatusQuoIsGod: Goes back and forth; the Prime Directive prevents the ''Enterprise'' crew giving ''Serenity'' too significant an upgrade, and they literally canít do that much to help Riverís mental damage, but they do give ''Serenity'' as thorough an upgrade as possible while keeping it within the limits of what is possible for the Alliance, as well as paying the crew over three hundred kilograms of platinum and various foods for their time, [[spoiler:to say nothing of the destruction of the Reaver fleet]].


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* TrickedOutTime: A good description of Q's restoration of the eighteen crewmembers killed by the Borg in "Q Who?"; he apparently 'collected' all eighteen of them from a point shortly before he moved the ''Enterprise'' and relocated them to the bridge a few months in their relative future.

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