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Star trek: The next generation 1.05b - Hide & Q

Stardate around 41150
Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Episode propaganda

While en route to aid a mining colony, the Enterprise is seized by Q's (John de Lancie) force field. Q appears and offers the crew the realisation of impossible dreams.

Picard first tries to delay Q until after their emergency mission but Q transports the entire bridge crew save Picard to an unknown planet. There, they must play a deadly game which, by Q's own boast, is completely unfair. Q vanishes from the planet and talks to Picard, revealing that the game's true purpose is to test whether Riker is worthy of the gift the Q are preparing to offer him...

Persons of interest

  • Patrick Stewart .... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • Jonathan Frakes .... Commander Will Riker
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
  • Brent Spiner .... Lieutenant Commander Data
  • Gates McFadden .... Commander Doctor Beverly Crusher
  • Marina Sirtis .... Lieutenant Commander Counsellor Deanna Troi
  • LeVar Burton .... Commander Geordi La Forge
  • Wil Wheaton .... Wesley Crusher
  • Denise Crosby .... Lieutenant Natasha "Tasha" Yar
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Enterprise-D computer voice
  • Elaine Nalee .... Klingon sex slave
  • William A Wallace .... adult Wesley Crusher
  • CJ Holland .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Gene Roddenberry .... Screenwriter
  • Cliff Bole .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Q turns Riker into a god and guess what, he's a wanker.

Picard quotes the aphorism "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely" and it applies to Riker in some degree, but what would be more true is "Power attracts the corrupt, absolute power reveals the corruption". In this case, power acts like a magnifying glass, showing up the inherent flaws in Riker's character: he's arrogant and he thinks he knows what's best for everyone else. Some of that is because he's from the Federation, where people don't have any tough lessons to teach them what life is all about. Some of that is because he's a walking hormone (to paraphrase Neelix). More of that is because he's in Starfleet, and Starfleet represents the "best and brightest" of the Federation, so he's been brainwashed into thinking that he is the best and the brightest. Most of it is just that he's a wanker.

Security censorship classification

M (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Out now

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