While the Enterprise crew is trying to keep Bre'el IV's moon from crashing into the planet, Q shows up, apparently stripped of all his power by the Q Continuum. He seeks asylum on the ship, but he does not show much of a will to cooperate, much less to subordinate himself. Soon the ship is attacked by the Calamarain, a gaseous lifeform that wants to take revenge on Q.
Data saves Q when the Calamarain penetrate the shields. In an unusually unselfish act Q eventually leaves in a shuttle to prevent the crew from being harmed and to enable them to save the planet. Another Q appears and restores Q's power. Overjoyed, Q celebrates a fiesta on the bridge and, while he is at it, moves the moon back into its orbit.
Errors and Explanations
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- The crew attempt to adjust the moon's orbit at perigee (closest approach). If you are attempting to adjust the altitude of a bodies perigee (in this case to avoid a collision with the planet) the best time to do it is to wait until it reaches apogee. This will change the elevation of perigee the most with the least amount of energy. Changing a body's velocity at perigee only changes the elevation of apogee and does nothing to change its perigee. If they are trying to avoid a collision the crew has chosen the most wrong time to do it. It may not have been possible to wait that long.
- David Batchelder on Monday, June 28, 1999 - 9:26 am: Graphics aboard the Enterprise must be different than those here on "backwards" Earth. After the process of reducing the gravity of the moon, a big graphic pops up on a screen opposite the warp core. Presumably, this shows the effect the Enterprise is having. Now, I'm no scientist, so correct me if I'm wrong, but somehow I imagined that this would encompass the entire moon. Obivously not so. Right before La Forge checks on the success, this graphics shows the "bubble" only passing through the center fifth of the moon. Seconds later, La Forge says that the process is working. Either this "bubble" can expand very quickly, or the graphic is misleading! Perhaps the bubble is lowering the gravitationl effect of the moon from the inside.
- Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Sunday, July 22, 2001 - 2:40 am: Data is sitting at Ops when Q arrives, later, while still sitting at Ops, Data scans Q with a tricorder. Does Data normally wear a tricorder while sitting at Ops? There may be a tricorder stored in the console.
- In the opener, Q shows up naked and the crew believe him to still have his powers. After the title sequence Q is wearing a drab outfit and telling them that he has been stripped of his powers. At some point between these scenes, someone must have brought Q this outfit and told him to wear it, or Q himself may have asked for something to wear, in any case, why didn't Q explain then that he had been stripped of his powers? LUIGI NOVI on Monday, July 23, 2001 - 12:12 am: It was probably the former, since Q himself mentioned with derision the custom of wearing clothes as being outdated.
- Why don't they attach rockets to the moon to help push it away? They could cause the moon to break up.
- How does the computer know that the Calamarain signals are intelligent? Most likely some form of automatic anyalisis.
- 2001:569:77C6:BA00:C6E:B97F:4521:D6C4 Q asks 'What must I do to convince you people?'. When Worf replies 'Die', he has his arms crossed. The very next scene he has his arms down. Worf may have trained himself to move his arms quickly without the movement being obvious!