[TNG] Q Who?

[TNG] Season 2, Episode 16 (Netflix: S2 E16): Q Who?

Q Who?

Rating: 4

This episode is a great introduction to one of the best villains, and thus deserves a 4. I also like how Q knocks the crew off their high horse. It’s a nice push back from the high opinion of humans that we often hear in Star Trek.

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Notes:

I'm glad Picard seems as annoyed with this encounter as I am

I’m glad Picard seems as annoyed with this encounter as I am

Geordi gives Sonja, the new ensign, lessons on how not to be such a dork. She must not know much about Geordi

Geordi gives Sonja, the new ensign, lessons on how not to be such a dork. She must not know much about Geordi

Q wants to talk

Q wants to talk

We learn that Guinan and Q don't like each other and haven't seen each other for a couple hundred years

We learn that Guinan and Q are at odds and haven’t seen each other for a couple hundred years

Q wants to join the crew because he's bored. Picard says they don't need him. Q says Romulans and Klingon are nothing compared to what they will encounter. That's bold build up

Q wants to join the crew because he’s bored. Picard says they don’t need him. Q says Romulans and Klingon are nothing compared to what they will encounter. That’s bold build up

Q sends them 7,000 light years away, where they come across a Borg cube

Q sends them 7,000 light years away, where they come across a Borg cube

A Borg drone beams to the ship to check things out. The Borg's motives in this episode is only to steal technology

A Borg drone beams to the ship to check things out. The Borg’s motives in this episode are only to steal technology

They adapt!

They adapt!

The Borg send an ominous message saying they're going to get what they want

The Borg send an ominous message saying they’re going to get what they want

The have a battle. Enterprise loses 18 people and a chunk of their ship, but the Borg seem done. They read minimal life signs

The have a battle. Enterprise loses 18 people and a chunk of their ship, but the Borg seem done. They read minimal life signs still left on the cube

Picard calls a conference to discuss things. Riker suggests they beam over to the ship to check things out. They want to learn as much as they can. Guinan's the only one who thinks that's crazy

Picard calls a conference to discuss things. Riker suggests they beam over to the cube to learn as much as they can. Guinan’s the only one who thinks that’s crazy

They beam over and find out that the Borg aren't dead, they've just plugged into the ship and weren't being detected as separate life forms

They beam over and find out that the Borg aren’t dead, they’ve just plugged into the ship and weren’t being detected as separate life forms

Borg baby

They also find some Borg babies

When they find out how rapidly the Borg are repairing their ship, they get the hell out of there

When they find out how rapidly the Borg are repairing their ship, they get the hell out of there

The Borg pursue them, and this time Enterprise's weapons don't have any effect. Picard gives in and asks for Q's help

The Borg pursue them, and this time Enterprise’s weapons don’t have any effect. Picard gives in and says he needs Q

They realize that the Borg are on their way, and will be back in an awesome episode next season

They realize that the Borg are on their way, and will be back in an awesome episode next season

 

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  • brathor1

    This is one of the first episodes of Trek I ever saw. It’s great to see that it still stands up!