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True Q

Meet Amanda Rogers. She is young, smart, driven, and possibly some sort of mage. She can make puppies appear and disappear. She can change the direction of falling objects. She can contain a warp core explosion with her will. Turns out, her biological parents were Q. But is she? And what will happen if she is not? Find out when we put True Q in the Mission Log.

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  • Dave Steph Taylor

    One missed opportunity in this episode. Was not Riker given the chance to have the powers of a Q? Seems like a good person to have a heart to heart about power. Rewrite.

    Another one of those interesting episodes where there is not a perfect happy ending and we never get a follow up.

    I imagine it would be incredible hard to have immense power and not intervene when you could.

    • Roger Birks

      Maybe if God exists, he chooses not to intervene if averting so many of the tragic events which happen on our planet every day… who knows?

  • CmdrR

    Jeez. How many times did I wish as a teen that someone would tell me I’m just about anything other than what I was! Just human. Grrr.

    • Pete2174

      Wow!!!

    • Dave Steph Taylor

      Ya, not typical Riker as we know him.

  • BTW, as a resident of tornado alley, if we could, you know, get hoppin’ on that whole weather modification net thing, that would be nifty, bordering on spiffy. Just sayin’. It’s about that time of year and I’m already on my third roof.

  • Canavan

    Maybe it’s just me, but not only do I not care for this episode (“True Q”), but I find the Q episodes in general to be rather second rate. This script continues a long-time Trek fascination with the idea of near-omnipotent entities dating all the way back to the earliest TOS episodes (“Where No Man Has Gone Before” and “Charlie X”). This notion is generally accompanied by the idea that such power often seems to come at the expense of a moral compass. Picard chauvinistically bloviates about humankind’s moral superiority in the present episode. This is similar to speechifying we’ve endured in previous Q episodes. “True Q” occasionally touches on some interesting ideas, but (imo) doesn’t satisfactorily deal with any of them. For example, the show contemplates the question of whether Amanda can successfully refrain using her Q powers; unfortunately, this is handled rather hastily and clumsily — it only crops up as an issue in the last 5 or so minutes.

    Side issue: if ever an episode cried out for the involvement of the under-utilized Deanna Troi, this is the one. Why instead does the script lean on Crusher?

    • Yup…”Q” concept was just wayyyyyy to Over Powered to be digestible imo. What the heck do you do when you meet “g/God”- ? he can do ANYTHING?!?! and for some bizarre unknown reason he is fixated on an a starship? w primitives exploring tiny sections of the galaxy, plodding along slowly…?- why would they even take notice…?- oh well….

      • Konservenknilch

        I’ve long used the headcanon that Q is just a big con artist. An extremely advanced one, but still. What was the most impressive stuff we’ve seen him do? Most of it, like the court in Farpoint, Picards youth, going back to the beginning of life on earth, giving people silly costumes, the time-jumps in All Good Things, could be advanced illusions. We’ve seen a pre-warp civilization make Picard live through another lifetime. In DS9, a minor species does the same to O’Brien as punishment. In Insurrection, the Federation wanted to put a whole village in a holodeck ship. He appears at will where he wants to? Fancy transporter, hidden ship somewhere. “Devil’s Due” even has Picard himself pretending to have godlike powers.

        In Voy, we see the continuum represented as an empty road or civil war era times because “our puny minds couldn’t comprehend it otherwise”. Or maybe because the truth wouldn’t be all that mindblowing after all.

        OK, so I guess he really transported the Enterprise to another Quadrant in Q Who. But so does the caretaker in Voy.

        Turning Riker into a temporary Q? Hm, that’s the tricky one… transfer of access commands? Reading his mind and effecting the changes himself?

        I know I’m jumping all over the timeline for this argument, but I find it amusing and it takes him down some notches 😉

        • Flangle

          But Amanda clearly rescues the planet in front of everyone. It seems pretty incontrovertible. Either Geordie and the entire population are dead or they aren’t.
          That would be a heck of long con to manipulate the leaders of that planet to allow the atmosphere to be ruined only to trick a young girl into thinking she has powers so he can stick it to Picard.

    • Dave Steph Taylor

      The “Q” and other beings of similar power are basically Gods.

  • HerbertGW

    Just thought I’d pipe up with regards the washing machines you mentioned. Laundromats are required to bolt those things to the ground, usually with 1″ wide bolts that are 15″ long and attached to anchors that can be set up to 4′ deep into a concrete pad.

    The anchors can have up to 20,000 lbs of clamping force, and as high as 50,000 lbs. All of that combined means they should easily withstand the wind speeds found inside all but the largest tornadoes.

    • Dave Steph Taylor

      Putting aside the human emotion, destruction to lives and sorrow that comes with them, the destruction after a tornado/hurricane comes through is quite fascinating to see what is left.

  • Durakken

    I can do anything?
    Give me all the information on the Q’s history and the technology they use to get their ability to accomplish omnipotence.

    Also this question brings up whether or not the Q can actually die. I mean we know they can die, but how do they really perceive that. Q seems to tell Amanda she can do anything a she can see her parents, but they are Q who have been killed which seems to mean that “killed” means something completely different to them than us.

    • at the end, when she said, “I want to see my parents…” I thought she was going to resurrect her “Q” parents…but then I realized she meant her adoptive human parents. Yeah, if “Q” can do anything…hmmmm why no more temptations w resurrecting the dead? Just a thought….?

      • Dave Steph Taylor

        We don’t have any follow up after she leaves the ship. Who knows

      • Yes, I was expecting the same thing when she said that.

    • Konservenknilch

      I assume of the rules of the continuum would then also be extremely tightly controlled procreation. Otherwise, the universe would drown in god-like immortals breeding like rabbits.

  • Derwood

    that is a good shot of them standing outside on the Enterprise…. but what you can’t see is Shatner staring out one of the windows screaming “There’s a man and a girl on the HULL OF THE SHIP!”

  • Scrappy

    Q was probably ordered to kill her because the continuum may have a prime directive of their own. Since Amanda was a Q, then she would have been able to destroy the universe on a whim similar to the way Kevin Uxbridge ended an entire race in Survivors.

    Regarding the tricorders, my first impression was that they had to be calibrated when they are created or before going on a planet whose environment they haven’t been to before. Which is why the Amanda had to calibrate and test each one.

    • Flangle

      >Q was probably ordered to kill her because the continuum may have a prime directive of their own.

      So Q is the Kirk of the Continuum. Constantly at odds with Qfleet.

  • Angela

    In Amanda’s Riker-Fantasy – Civil War style clothes? No, guys, that would have been hoop skirts. You missed it about 50 years. Those are Regency or Empire style costumes. About 1800-1820.