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"Will you send him to prison for eternity or will you assist in his suicide plan? That's a toughie, but that's why they made you captain, isn't it?"
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Voyager encounters a member of the Q Continuum who was trapped within a comet because of his desire of wanting to kill himself. The Q that was encountered by Captain Jean-Luc Picard appears on the scene to argue against the case of his fellow Q's desire for being granted mortality for the sake of self-termination, and although Captain Janeway doesn't want to see that Q end his own life, she nonetheless rules in favor of his being granted mortality when she sees for herself the kind of life he and other members of the Q Continuum are constantly subjected to due to their immortality.


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This episode provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: Quinn casually walks through the forcefield around the transporter pad.
  • The Alcatraz: The comet where Quinn has been imprisoned for over 300 years.
  • And I Must Scream: Quinn's prison inside the comet is cramped, cold, and he's going to stay there for eternity or until he relents his position.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Q assures Janeway that they will meet again.
  • Badass Finger Snap: Averted with Quinn, who flourishes two fingers instead. May count as Getting Crap Past the Radar when he does this in Q's face side-on and it looks like he's Flipping the Bird British-style.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment
    Q: I'll take you home. Before you know it, you'll be scampering across the meadow with your little puppies, the grass beneath your bare feet. A man, coming over the hill way in the distance, waves to you. You run to be in his arms and as you get closer you see that it's...me!
    Janeway: You?
    Q: Forget Mark. I know how to show a girl a good time.
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  • Bedmate Reveal: As per tradition, Q appears in the captain's bed, this time wearing a silly nightcap. Unlike Picard, Janeway immediately jumps out of bed and puts on a dressing gown. "Get Out!!"
  • Birds of a Feather: Quinn was inspired to rebel against the Continuum by Q's disobedience.
  • Bourgeois Bohemian: Q tells Marty Ginsberg he will eventually marry the cute hippy chick he met on the way to Woodstock and become a successful orthodontist, settled in Scarsdale with four kids.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: Q calls an expert on the Continuum to give testimony. Himself.
  • The Cameo: Jonathan Frakes as Commander Riker from Star Trek: The Next Generation, called as a witness for the trial.
  • Character Overlap: Riker and Q.
  • Clarke's Third Law
    Quinn: You mustn't think of us as omnipotent, no matter what The Continuum would like you to believe. You and your ship seem incredibly powerful to lifeforms without your technological expertise! It's no different with us; we may appear omnipotent to you, but believe me, we're not.
  • Continuity Nod: Q and Q both mention cases where other Q have been executed, with the case of Amanda Rogers' mother and father having previously been explored.
  • Courtroom Antic: Despite Janeway warning against this at the start of proceedings, it's inevitable with two omnipotent Large Hams involved. And who else but Q could call himself as a Surprise Witness and proceed to cross-examine himself?
  • Courtroom Episode: Quinn more or less sued the Continuum to allow him to commit suicide, and was sectioned to the Q equivalent of a rubber room (e.g. a comet). Q asks Janeway to rule on whether Quinn has the right to take his own life. Vulcans approve of suicide and so Tuvok is the consul chosen by Quinn to assist in his case.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A given, considering it's a Q episode.
    • When Quinn pops in to Tuvok's quarters, Tuvok asks him if the Q have always lacked manners or if it evolved with their omnipotence.
    • When Quinn brings Voyager to the moment of the Big Bang, B'Elanna quips "This ship will not survive the formation of the cosmos."
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?
    • The ethics of assisted suicide.
    • Quinn uses hemlock to poison himself, as did the philosopher Socrates.
    • At the time of original broadcast, Hallmark stores were selling Christmas ornaments in the form of ships such as the Enterprise, the Shuttlecraft Galileo, and yes... Voyager.
    • Q says he's a born-again Q.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir":
    Janeway: Don't call me Madame Captain!
  • Double Entendre
    Q: May I see you in your chambers, Captain?
    Janeway: You've been in my chambers enough for one visit, sir.
  • Driven to Suicide
  • Face Palm: Q performs an elusively rare variation on the double facepalm. That is, two faces, one right palm per face (this is not a recommended procedure for mere mortals). Oh, whatever was the gesture for? Well, Vulcan logic is no fun, basically.
  • Facial Markings: Q meets Chakotay. "Facial art — how wilderness of you!"
  • Famous, Famous, Fictional: A variation, as Q's witnesses are Isaac Newton (known to pretty much everybody on Earth), William Riker (known to all Trekkies), and Maury Ginsberg (known to...okay, pretty much nobody, although he apparently played an important role at Woodstock).
  • Famous Last Words: Quinn's first efforts aren't very impressive, despite having centuries to rehearse. He does better the second time round.
  • First-Name Basis: Q of course refers to Captain Janeway as "Kathy" when in the privacy of her quarters.
  • Force-Field Door: Quinn, on being beamed in, doesn't quite just walk through the barrier meant to contain him like it was nothing — rather, he sets it off where the camera can see; he pauses, surprised, when he realizes it's there and then walks through it like it's nothing.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Q's Great Gazoo behaviour is explained as him rebelling against the ennui of immortality. Quinn even says his rebellion was inspired by Q's actions.
    Q: My penance has ended. I'm a born again Q. That life is behind me.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With:
    • When Quinn is first beamed on board Voyager, he's already wearing a Starfleet uniform.
    • The Q Continuum is depicted as a old service station in the middle of nowhere so that the humans could understand what it is truly like for Quinn.
  • For Want of a Nail: Quinn has...
    • Knocked the famous apple out of the tree onto Issac Newton's head.
    • Saved the Woodstock Music Festival by giving a lift to a technician whose own car had broken down, who ended up being in the right place to notice a single unplugged extension cord that had knocked out the entire sound system.
    • Helped Riker's American Civil War ancestor to a hospital, enabling Riker to exist and save the Federation from the Borg.
  • Gendercide: Quinn accidentally makes all of Voyager's male crew members disappear and can't bring them back until Q intervenes.
  • Get Out!: Played straight when Q first turns up in Janeway's bed. Once he starts seriously hitting on her, it's a cold and quiet; "Leave."
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Q vs Quinn.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Q provides the poison so Quinn can kill himself, having been convinced by his arguments. As revealed in "The Q and the Grey", he goes on to launch a rebellion inside the Continuum.
  • Humanity Ensues: Averted; although Janeway invites him to explore life as a mortal rather that commit suicide, Quinn still kills himself, knowing he'd only be pretending to be human.
  • I Gave My Word: Janeway knows Q will stick by any agreement he's made.
    Q: How would you know if I intended to keep my word?
    Janeway: Based on my research, you have been many things. A rude, interfering, inconsiderate, sadistic—
    Q: You've made your point.
    Janeway: Pest. And, oh yes, you introduced us to the Borg, thank you very much. But one thing you have never been is a liar.
  • Inadvertent Entrance Q: Quinn needs an expert on humans. The Q we know from ST:TNG appears.
  • Incredible Shrinking Starship: Voyager is shrunk to the subatomic level, then becomes a Christmas tree decoration in Quinn's effort to hide from Q.
  • Informed Attribute: When Janeway tries to Take a Third Option, she says that she trust Q would uphold the deal because despite everything, "he's never been a liar". This ignores multiple instances where Q lied.
    • I Gave My Word: He has however always stuck to any deal he's made, which is what Janeway is referring to.
  • In the Doldrums: The Q continuum was described this way by a Q who had become so bored with his omniscience that he wished to commit suicide. In order to back up his statement, he led the crew to a part of the continuum inhabited by a group of Q who did absolutely nothing but sit in one spot - having done ''literally everything'.
  • Irony: Q's argument for the reason Quinn's life has been of value, and should not be allowed to end, is supported by examples of how he has positively impacted the history of the human race. The same human race that rabidly enforces the infamous Alien Non-Interference Clause known as the Prime Directive. Even funnier, Q is using Quinn's past interventions as a supporting argument, even though the ultimate goal is to return Quinn to imprisonment where he would not be able to affect anything anymore.
  • Lady Land: Quinn temporarily makes all the male crewmembers disappear, making Q think Voyager is an Amazon Brigade.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others
    Q: Without Q there would have been no William T. Riker at all, and I would have lost at least a dozen really good opportunities to insult him over the years. Oh, and lest I forget, without Q, the Borg would have assimilated the Federation.
  • Meaningful Echo: Janeway's "Bring them back now!" Sisko said the same thing in the sole Q episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  • Never Give the Captain a Straight Answer: Averted
    Torres: Torres to Janeway. You'd better get down here, Captain.
    Janeway: Problem, Lieutenant?
    Torres: Yes, ma'am. That transport from the comet? It brought a man aboard. He says his name is Q.
    Janeway: Red alert!
  • Never Trust a Title: There is no "Q" in the episode title, despite it being a feature of most (but not all) Q episodes.
  • Noodle Incident: Q claims that Quinn accidentally started a hundred-year war between the Romulans and Vulcans with his Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: After Quinn appears standing uncomfortably close over his shoulder, Tuvok wonders if an absence of manners is a natural consequence of omnipotence.
    Quinn: Oh, you mean our just barging in whenever we feel like it?
  • Nothing Left to Do but Die: Quinn's objective.
  • Oh, Crap!: Janeway immediately calls Red Alert when she hears there's a Q on board.
  • The Omnipotent: Subverted, at least according to Quinn. The Q aren't truly all-powerful, they just seem that way from a human perspective.
  • One Q Limit: Averted; when a Q is first beamed aboard, Janeway assumes he's the troublemaker who gave Captain Picard such a hard time. When the John de Lancie Q appears, both Q's are referred to as Q (even when three Q's are in the room!). He eventually takes the name of Quinn after becoming mortal.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Apart from his usual disdain for petty bipeds, Q makes several sexist remarks.
  • Q Ex Machina: Q offers to instantly take Voyager back to Earth if Janeway rules in his favor.
  • Red Alert: Janeway on hearing the notorious Q is on board.
  • Running Gag: Q annoying Starfleet captains (and hitting on them too, you could say).
  • Sadistic Choice: If Janeway rules in Q's favor, Quinn will be confined for eternity in a most uncomfortable prison. If she rules in favor of Quinn, he will commit suicide.
  • Shaped Like Itself
    Q: This is your own doing. You could live a perfectly normal life if you were simply willing to live a perfectly normal life.
  • Slouch of Villainy: On Voyager's bridge Q slouches on the consoles and in front of the viewscreen.
  • Stock Desert Interstate: How Q and Quinn agree to present the Q Continuum to the Voyager crew, since You Cannot Grasp the True Form applies to their realm for "lesser" beings such as Humans and Vulcans.
  • Stock Footage: Quinn's comet is recycled footage of the comet from the TNG episode "Masks".
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Q is opposed to Quinn committing suicide because it will destabilize their society with the idea that their existence could end.
  • Take That!: “And you find nothing contradictory in a society that outlaws suicide but practices capital punishment?”
  • The Un-Smile: When Q insists the bored members of the Continuum are happy with their immortal lives, one makes an unconvincing grin.
  • We Will Meet Again: Unlike on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Q will return in "The Q and the Grey".
  • Wham Line: "Hello, my name is Q" from someone who isn't John de Lancie.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: The Q Continuum live a boring, empty existence because they've already done, said and visited everything.
  • Women Drivers: Q makes a snide comment that having a woman in charge is why Voyager is 75,000 light years off course.
  • World of Silence: The Q Continuum, as depicted in this episode.
  • You're Cute When You're Angry
    Janeway: The vaunted Q Continuum: "Self-anointed Guardians of The Universe"! How dare you come aboard this ship and endanger this crew with your personal tug-of-war!
    Q: Did anyone ever tell you you're angry when you're beautiful?
  • Your Favorite: In gratitude for Captain Janeway freeing him, Quinn magics up a dinner of Welsh rarebit "like your grandfather used to make."
    Neelix: Rabbit? She never told me she likes rabbits. What is a rabbit anyway? Is this some new chef she's interviewing?
  • You Have to Believe Me!: Q transports a spotlight operator from The '60s and Sir Isaac Newton to give testimony. Janeway tries to explain to them what is happening.
    Janeway: Consider for a moment that it might be possible to travel forward in time, say to the twenty fourth century, onto a starship seventy five thousand light years from Earth.
    (Blank looks)
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