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Kate Mulgrew and John de Lancie in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)

When Q finds his rebellious son too much to handle, he brings him to Voyager in the hope that Captain Janeway can teach him responsibility and compassion. When Q finds his rebellious son too much to handle, he brings him to Voyager in the hope that Captain Janeway can teach him responsibility and compassion. When Q finds his rebellious son too much to handle, he brings him to Voyager in the hope that Captain Janeway can teach him responsibility and compassion.

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Keegan de Lancie and Ethan Phillips in Star Trek: Voyager (1995)

  • Capt. Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran

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Roxann Dawson

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Robert Duncan McNeill

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Ethan Phillips

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Garrett Wang

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Keegan de Lancie

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  • Trivia Q and his son, Q2, are played by real-life father and son John de Lancie and Keegan de Lancie .
  • Goofs After Neelix has his mouth shut by Q's son, the doctor says his jaw was fused. But you can clearly see him moving his jaw underneath the make up that has his lips sealed shut.

Q : [lecturing his son] If the Continuum's told you once, they've told you a thousand times: DON'T - PROVOKE - THE BORG!

  • Connections Referenced in Star Trek: Lower Decks: Veritas (2020)
  • Soundtracks Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title Written by Jerry Goldsmith Performed by Jay Chattaway

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Recap / Star Trek: Voyager S7 E17: "Q2"

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  • Added Alliterative Appeal : Q tells his son that it's " s ingle- c ellular c ity" for him if he doesn't shape up to be the ideal Q within a week on board Voyager .
  • Aesop Collateral Damage : Q states that if Icheb has to die to teach Junior a lesson, so be it.
  • Badass Fingersnap : Subverted - Q Junior learns that he's been Brought Down to Normal when he snaps his fingers and nothing happens.
  • Brick Joke : The episode starts with Icheb delivering a verbal history essay that has Janeway on the verge of falling asleep . Later on, when Q2 delivers a history essay to Janeway, she quickly recognizes it as Icheb's work instead of Q2's.
  • Brought Down to Normal : Q Jr. is stripped of his powers as a punishment.
  • Obviously, to " The Q and the Grey ", when Q Junior was born.
  • Junior himself makes a few when suggesting fun things to do. "We could fly into fluidic space and fight Species 8472 . Or we could detonate a few Omega molecules ."
  • When presented with a holodeck simulation of a diplomatic crisis, Junior's solution is to reprogram the simulation to make it easier to win .
  • Junior's deciding to give the replicator a personality (that sasses Janeway) is a Mythology Gag harking back to " Tomorrow Is Yesterday " in the original series, in which some alien women were convinced that the Enterprise 's computer needed a personality, and so decided to give it one (that proceeded to flirt with Kirk).
  • Apparently, this is no longer the winning solution that it was in Kirk's day. note  Then again, Kirk did so against a simulation specifically meant to be unwinnable, and in the Kobayashi Maru novel (and the 2009 film), it's shown he did so with panache rather than trying to slip it past the testers.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu : From Q himself: "If the Continuum has told you once, they've told you 1000 times— DON'T PROVOKE THE BORG! "
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop : Not seen onscreen, but Q's son temporarily traps the crew in a never-ending loop of repeating the same 30 seconds over and over so he could speak alone to the Captain.
  • Heel–Face Turn : Janeway's ultimatum to Q's son gets him to start turning his life around.
  • Hope Spot : In universe, Junior was supposed to symbolize the ending and post-Q Civil War peace (as was intended back in "The Q and the Grey"). Unfortunately, he quickly dashed those hopes by turning into an absolute little shit .
  • Humanity Ensues : Junior gets turned human as a punishment.
  • I Hate Past Me : Q is clearly experiencing this in combination with Parental Hypocrisy , as Q Junior's antics reflect his own history as a cosmic troll. For instance, who else can we think of that once amused themselves by provoking the Borg or been sentenced to sensitivity training sans powers ...
  • I Kiss Your Foot : Q tries to kiss Janeway in the tub, but Janeway blocks him with her foot, so he kisses it instead.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl : One of Q's son's antics has him attempt to annoy Seven by using his powers to remove her clothes, but she simply ignores him and continues working unfazed.
  • Insignia Rip-Off Ritual : After Q Junior is turned into a human, Janeway removes his captain pips.
  • Insult of Endearment : Q's son calls Icheb "Itchy" and he gets called "Q-ball" in return.
  • Intrigued by Humanity : Q says that Junior was always fascinated by his stories of humanity but Junior admits to finding them boring after spending 20 minutes with them.
  • Ironic Echo : Q Junior claims that he doesn't have to listen to Janeway because she doesn't have "unlimited control of space, matter, and time." Later, after he's turned human, Janeway reminds him that he no longer has "unlimited control of space, matter, and time."
  • It's All My Fault : Q's son realizes it's his fault that Icheb was nearly killed and is willing to take full responsibility for it when he and Captain Janeway confront the alien that he attacked.
  • Landing in Someone's Bathtub : Q does this to Janeway after he tries her suggestion and finds out that it didn't work .
  • Laser-Guided Karma : Played for Laughs —after Q's son loses his powers and Neelix gets his voice back, he proceeds to be as annoying as possible around the teenaged Q.
  • Misapplied Phlebotinum : A powerless Junior was able to create a " spatial flexure " (a sort of wormhole that's implied to be able to take them anywhere) by messing around with the Delta Flyer's deflector array. This is never mentioned again and nobody considers using it to get Voyager home.
  • A Mommy To Her Crew : Why Q feels that Janeway is a better parent than he is.
  • Naked Freak-Out : Q's son tries to invoke this with Seven by making her clothes disappear. It fails, because she is an Innocent Fanservice Girl (more accurately, naked freak-outs are irrelevant).
  • The Nudifier : Junior making Seven's clothes disappear.
  • Our Wormholes Are Different : The Spatial Flexures Junior creates by manipulating the Delta Flyer's deflector array.
  • Parental Hypocrisy : Q reprimands his son for placing Borg cubes in Voyager ' s path. Q is responsible for the Federation making First Contact with the Borg in " Q Who ".
  • Plagiarism in Fiction : When Janeway assigns Junior an essay on the Q Continuum, Icheb offers to give him a few notes on a PADD. Cut to Junior turning an essay in to Janeway... Janeway: Insightful, informative. I'm impressed. Too bad you didn't write it. Junior: What do you mean? Janeway: I'd recognize Icheb's style anywhere. Junior: He gave me a few notes on my first draft, that's all. (Janeway gives him a Death Glare that says "Yeah, right")
  • Pleasure Planet : The Clevari System. Junior suggests swimming with mermaids and challenging a warrior goddess to a grappling contest.
  • Also an unintentional case, as John De Lancie is noticeably older than his previous appearances, despite the Q's immortality.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia : Janeway is stunned when Q smooches her on the mouth without permission.
  • Power Perversion Potential : Q's son at one point uses his reality warping abilities to strip Seven of her clothes by making them disappear.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis! : "If the Continuum’s told you once, they’ve told you a thousand times… DON’T. PROVOKE. THE BORG! "
  • Put on a Bus : Q's wife in the interim since "The Q and the Grey". See Screw This, I'm Outta Here for more details.
  • Race-Name Basis : The younger Q addresses Neelix as "Talaxian".
  • Reality Warper : Both Q and Q's son.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here : The status of Q's wife in the interim since "The Q and the Grey". She's been so humiliated by her son's behavior that she's disowned him, leaving her husband to clean up the mess.
  • Secret Test of Character : Q arranges one when his son steals the Delta Flyer and effectively kidnaps Icheb.
  • Sequel Episode : To Season Three's " The Q and the Grey " and completing the Q-VOY Trilogy that began with Season Two's " Death Wish ".
  • Teens Are Monsters : Especially one with unlimited control of space, matter, and time.
  • Took a Level in Kindness : Q's son, and boy did he need it.
  • Took a Shortcut : Q rewards Janeway with a datapad that has information that'll shave a few years off their journey home. What it actually tells her to do is never specified.
  • Toplessness from the Back : Seven after Q2 disappears her catsuit.
  • Tranquil Fury : Janeway is quietly pissed when Q2 tries to cheat his way through the tests, especially since he thinks he can fool her. Janeway: We may be common bipeds, but we're not stupid.
  • Vengeful Vending Machine : Q's son magicks the replicators so that it sasses Janeway when she asks for a coffee. Captain Janeway: Coffee, black. Replicator: Make it yourself. Janeway: ("WTF?" expression)
  • Wild Teen Party : Q's son turns Engineering into a 24th century rave , which disrupts activities going on until he restores everything to normal.
  • Wipe That Smile Off Your Face : Not only does Q's son remove Neelix's mouth to get him to shut up, he also removes his vocal cords.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside : Q agrees to spend some quality time with his son. Janeway is relieved to get rid of him for a while, but he turns up in her bath a short time later. Well, it was a long time for a Q! Janeway: You've been gone for 10 minutes! Q: On your temporal plane, maybe! But in Q Time, we've spent years together!
  • You Talk Too Much! : Q's son says this to Neelix right before zapping his vocal cords and sealing his mouth .
  • Star Trek Voyager S 7 E 16 Human Error
  • Recap/Star Trek: Voyager
  • Star Trek: Voyager S7 E18: "Author, Author"

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Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Post-Voyager Q Explained

Q is back in Star Trek: Lower Decks, but why does he seem to be the Q we know from The Next Generation rather than Voyager?

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Q in Star Trek: Lower Decks Episode 8

This Star Trek: Lower Decks article contains minor spoilers for “Veritas.”

The voice-cameo of Jon de Lancie as Q in Episode 8 of Lower Decks is easily the series’ biggest callback to Star Trek: The Next Generation yet. In fact, the way Q appears in this episode is very reminiscent of how we think of him in TNG , down to his iconic judge’s robes, and his taunts about “testing humanity.” But, on some level, it feels like Q has actually regressed a bit. He’s still hilarious, but wasn’t he slightly more responsible the last time we saw him in canon? Chronologically, the last time we saw Q was in Voyager Season 7 and, at that time, he’d just become a father, and was willing to help out Captain Janeway and the gang. So what’s up with Q? Did he go back to being a jerk? Or is he actually more fun now than ever?

In the year 2378, just two years before the events of Lower Decks , we saw Q in the Voyager episode “Q2.” In this episode, Q has a son (the titular “Q2” or “Junior”) and basically goes to Voyager to teach his kid about what humans are like. This doesn’t go well, but the overwhelming point of the episode is that Q does feel some level or responsibility about his son and, even though he’s flippant and annoyed, the episode ends with the idea that Q is trying to set a good example for his son. Q Junior’s brand of chaos was irresponsible, whereas Q viewed his version of screwing with humans as a series of tests.

Prior to all of that, in 2373, Voyager was briefly sucked into the Q Civil War, in which “our” Q was in favor of keeping the galaxy the way it was, rather than having everything descend into chaos. The crew of Voyager were basically bystanders in this, but again, these storylines demonstrated that on a very basic level, was interested in keeping the galaxy stable, not tearing it apart. 

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Is this different than how he was in TNG ? Well, probably not. Q has always been interested in keeping the galaxy and the universe “safe” and together, it’s just his attitude toward humans has softened. Though he appears in his judges robes in Lower Decks , it feels unlikely that Q is “really” putting humanity on trial again. In “All Good Things..” he told Picard that the trial of humanity never ends, but in this episode of Lower Decks , it seems like he’s more interested in messing with the Cerritos than anything. In other words, Q’s games don’t always have to have a point.

It’s also possible that this Q is from the future , at least relative to the Lower Deckers. He says he’s bored with Picard making wine all the time. In 2380, Picard isn’t making wine yet! It feels like Q is referencing Jean-Luc in the 2385-2399 range, in the series Picard . Of course, Q exists outside of all time and space, so some of this doesn’t matter to him, but if he’s seen the bleaker future for Jean-Luc and the Federation in 2399 (which of course he has, he’s Q) then it stands to reason he’s back in 2380 to hang out in a more playful time. In other words, Q, like Trekkies everywhere, is probably nostalgic for this time in the 24th century. Who can blame him?

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8 Alpha Quadrant Things Star Trek: Voyager Found In Delta Quadrant

  • Star Trek: Voyager finds familiar things from the Alpha Quadrant in the Delta Quadrant, sparking important questions and connections.
  • Encounter with Ferengi negotiators leads Voyager crew to stop their interference in a pre-warp civilization for profits.
  • Janeway and crew discover humans abducted by aliens in the 1930s living in the Delta Quadrant, including Amelia Earhart.

For a show with the conceit of being so far from home, Star Trek: Voyager found a surprising number of things in the Delta Quadrant that originated in the Alpha Quadrant, including several from Earth itself. The USS Voyager, commanded by Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), and Commander Chakotay's (Robert Beltran) Maquis raider Val Jean were both brought to the Delta Quadrant in 2371 by the Caretaker (Basil Langton). After Janeway destroyed the Caretaker's array to save the Ocampa , Voyager and the Val Jean were left without a ticket back to the Alpha Quadrant, and banded together to make the long journey.

Finding something familiar in an otherwise totally alien corner of the galaxy brought a sense of familiarity to the USS Voyager crew and viewers at home alike, but the presence of something from the Alpha Quadrant in the Delta Quadrant inevitably raised important questions , like how familiar people and objects traveled 70,000 light years from home in the first place, and whether the find could lead Captain Kathryn Janeway towards a quicker path home to Earth.

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A pair of ferengi negotiators, arridor and kol, star trek: voyager season 3, episode 5 "false profits".

The USS Voyager encounters a pair of Ferengi negotiators, Arridor (Dan Shor) and Kol (Leslie Jordan), who claim to be the prophesied Great Sages of the Takarians, a society with Bronze Age level technology. The Ferengi have no Prime Directive to deter them from interfering with the Takarians' development , so they're performing "miracles" with a standard replicator to reap the monetary benefits of the Takarians' worship. Voyager's crew know the Ferengi reputation well enough to know they're no Sages, so they must figure out how to put a stop to Arridor and Kol's grift.

"False Profits" serves as a Star Trek sequel episode to Star Trek: The Next Generation season 3, episode 8 "The Price", as Voyager catches up with Arridor and Kol (formerly played by J. R. Quinonez) seven years after their Delta Quadrant arrival. The Ferengi took a test flight through the supposedly stable wormhole near Barzan II, which was supposed to emerge in the Gamma Quadrant, but instead stranded the Ferengi in the Delta Quadrant, where they made the best of their situation as only Ferengi can.

Star Trek: Voyager Season 3, Episode 23 "Distant Origin"

"Distant Origin" opens on Forra Gegen (Henry Woronicz), a scientist who discovers that his people, the Voth, share certain genetic similarities with the humans aboard the USS Voyager. While this confirms Gegen's theory that the Voth are the descendants of a species brought to their homeworld millions of years ago , religious leader Minister Odala (Concetta Tomei) refuses to accept the truth. Even with Commander Chakotay present as a living specimen of humanity, Odala pushes Gegen to recant, because Gegen's theory goes against the Voth Doctrine that keeps Odala in power.

After meeting Gegen's assistant, Tova Veer (Christopher Liam Moore), Janeway and the Doctor use the holodeck as a research guide to extrapolate how hadrosaurs might look in the 24th century if they'd been able to evolve into a humanoid form with comparable intelligence. The result resembles Veer, so Janeway and the Doctor conclude, like Gegen, that the Voth evolved from hadrosaurs into a highly advanced species on Earth , then fled to the Delta Quadrant in spacefaring vessels instead of being wiped out with the other dinosaurs.

The Friendship One Probe

Star trek: voyager season 7, episode 21 "friendship one".

By Star Trek: Voyager season 7 , the USS Voyager is in regular contact with Starfleet Command, and Starfleet gives Voyager a mission to retrieve a 21st-century Earth probe, Friendship One . The probe proves difficult to find, but once discovered on an alien planet suffering devastating climate collapse, the implications of Friendship One's launch become clear. Besides the irreversible damage to the planet's climate, the inhabitants are all suffering from radiation sickness, and bear understandable hostility towards Earth, because the aliens believe humans orchestrated their destruction with the Friendship One probe.

The United Earth Space Probe Agency was one of the early names for the organization the USS Enterprise belongs to in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode, "Charlie X".

Friendship One was launched in 2067 by the United Earth Space Probe Agency with the intention of making friends with whomever found it, as the name implies. Although Friendship One, the 400-year-old Earth probe, traveled for centuries carrying messages of peace, musical recordings, and ways to translate languages, the people who discovered Friendship One in the Delta Quadrant took a greater interest in the antimatter it used to travel across space. Without the proper knowledge of its use, antimatter proved devastating to the planet and its people, resulting in death and disease for generations.

Dreadnought, a Cardassian Missile

Star trek: voyager season 2, episode 17 "dreadnought".

The USS Voyager discovers a dangerously powerful, self-guided Cardassian missile in the Delta Quadrant, which Lt. B'Elanna Torres (Roxann Dawson) recognizes as one nicknamed "Dreadnought" . When B'Elanna was with the Maquis, Torres had actually reprogrammed the missile herself, with the intention of turning the Cardassians' own weapon against them. Without a Cardassian target in sight, the artificially intelligent Cardassian Dreadnought targets a heavily-populated Class-M planet , Rakosa V. B'Elanna determines she must be the one to keep Dreadnought from hurting anyone else, and boards the missile to convince it to stand down.

While no concrete reason is given for exactly how the Dreadnought wound up in the Delta Quadrant, its last known location in the Alpha Quadrant was the Badlands, the same rough patch of space where Voyager and the Val Jean, Chakotay's Maquis raider, fatefully met. Because of this, Torres theorizes that Dreadnought arrived in the Delta Quadrant the same way that Voyager and the Val Jean did , courtesy of the Caretaker.

Star Trek: Voyagers BElanna Is More Klingon Than TNGs Worf Ever Was

A klingon d-7 class cruiser, complete with klingons, star trek: voyager, season 7, episode 14 "prophecy".

The USS Voyager certainly never expected to find a Klingon ship in the Delta Quadrant, but more surprising is the fact that the crew of the Klingon D-7 Class Cruiser believes their savior, the prophesied kuvah'magh, is aboard Voyager . Janeway assures the Klingon captain, Kohlar (Wren T. Brown), that the Federation and Klingon Empire have been allies for the past 80 years, and offers Voyager's own half-Klingon, Lt. B'Elanna Torres, as proof their societies are working together now. The kuvah'magh is Torres' unborn daughter, who does save the Klingons, but not the way they expected.

Centuries ago, Kohlar's great-grandfather set off on a quest to find the kuvah'magh, and the Klingon D-7 Cruiser became a generation ship that is now crewed by the descendants of its original crew . The quest begun by Kohlar's great-grandfather brought Kohlar and his crew to the Delta Quadrant after four generations of searching. Whether B'Elanna's child is actually the kuvah'magh or not, Kohlar desperately wants the baby to be their savior, so that his people may finally rest.

Amelia Earhart

Star trek: voyager season 2, episode 1 "the 37s".

The discovery of a 1936 Ford truck, seemingly disconnected from any parent vehicle, leads the USS Voyager to a nearby Class-L planet, where they find eight humans who have been in cryo-stasis since they were abducted by aliens in the 1930s. Among them are one of Janeway's personal heroes, legendary American aviator Amelia Earhart (Sharon Lawrence) , who disappeared without a trace while attempting to fly around the world, and Earhart's navigator, Fred Noonan (David Graf). Earhart and the other preserved humans are known by the planet's inhabitants as "The 37s", and revered as sacred.

Originally thought to be aliens, the natives of the unnamed planet are the descendants of humans. A species called the Briori abducted the natives' ancestors, along with Earhart and the other 37s, from Earth centuries earlier , and took them to the Delta Quadrant. Once held as slaves, the humans who weren't in stasis revolted to free themselves from the Briori, and developed a thriving, Earth-like civilization in the Delta Quadrant. Voyager's crew consider staying with the humans in their little slice of home, while Janeway also offers a ride back to Earth to anyone who wants it, including Amelia Earhart.

The USS Equinox

Star trek: voyager season 5, episode 26 & season 6, episode 1 "equinox".

The crew of the USS Voyager believe they're the only Starfleet vessel in the Delta Quadrant until they find the USS Equinox, five years into their journey home. Captain Rudolph Ransom (John Savage) and the Equinox crew have had a harder time in the Delta Quadrant than Voyager, with more damage, fewer starting resources, and fewer opportunities to make friends along the way. Ransom's survival tactics include sacrificing innocent nucleogenic life forms for a more efficient form of fuel, which Janeway finds hard to stomach, and decides that Ransom needs to be held accountable for defying Federation ideals, regardless of how badly the Equinox is damaged.

Although Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) suggests that the Equinox might be in the Delta Quadrant on a rescue mission to find Voyager, the USS Equinox's specs don't fit the profile of a starship that would be assigned to a long-range mission. The explanation of how the Equinox arrived in the Delta Quadrant in the first place seems fairly simple, because Captain Ransom tells Janeway that the Equinox was also abducted by the Caretaker , just like Voyager, but the Equinox has only been in the Delta Quadrant for 2 years, and Janeway destroyed the Caretaker's array 5 years earlier.

Seven of Nine

Debuts in star trek: voyager season 4, episode 1 "scorpion, part 2".

When Captain Kathryn Janeway allies with the Borg in order to secure safe passage across Borg space, Janeway refuses the cursory assimilation that the Borg want to use to communicate with Janeway and Voyager's crew, and instead requests a speaker for the Borg, citing the existence of Locutus (Patrick Stewart) as precedent. Seven of Nine , Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix 01, is selected as the Borg drone to act as liaison between the Collective and Voyager, likely because Seven of Nine had once been a member of Species 5168, like most of Voyager's crew -- in other words, human.

Voyager season 5, episodes 15 & 16, "Dark Frontier" provides even more detail of the Hansens' fateful journey.

After Seven's link with the Collective is severed, more information about Seven's human origin comes to light. In Voyager season 4, episode 6 "The Raven", when Voyager nears the Hansens' ship, the USS Raven, memories of Seven's early life surface, revealing that Seven had been six-year-old human Annika Hansen , the daughter of Magnus Hansen (Kirk Baily) and Erin Hansen (Laura Stepp), Federation scientists who were studying the Borg when they were assimilated. Voyager season 5, episodes 15 & 16, "Dark Frontier" provides even more detail of the Hansens' fateful journey, showing the Raven arriving in the Delta Quadrant by following a Borg Cube through a transwarp conduit.

10 Ways USS Voyager Changed In Star Treks Delta Quadrant

Star Trek: Voyager links back to the greater Star Trek universe with people and starships from the Alpha Quadrant. Connections to the familiar were especially important early on, because Voyager 's place in the Star Trek franchise was established and aided by the legitimacy these finds offered. Later, when the USS Voyager used the Hirogen communications array to communicate with Starfleet Command, links back to the Alpha Quadrant were plentiful again, not only to prove that the USS Voyager was closer to home, but to help Star Trek: Voyager maintain connections to Star Trek and carry the franchise in its final years.

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Star Trek: Voyager

Cast Jennifer Lien, Garrett Wang, Tim Russ, Robert Duncan McNeill, Roxann Dawson, Robert Beltran, Kate Mulgrew, Jeri Ryan, Ethan Phillips, Robert Picardo

Release Date May 23, 1995

Genres Sci-Fi, Adventure

Network UPN

Streaming Service(s) Paramount+

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Writers Michael Piller, Rick Berman

Showrunner Kenneth Biller, Jeri Taylor, Michael Piller, Brannon Braga

Rating TV-PG

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How Voyager's captain helped one scientist-to-be fight for her dream.

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I could finally see the end.

Months and months of PhD work were beginning to wind down, and I could see the light at the end of my dissertation tunnel. As I started writing out my acknowledgements to those who had helped me along the way, I looked back on the highs and lows of my studies. Even with the fruits of my labor nearly in hand, I found myself reflecting on the darkest days. There were celebrations along the way, but there were also moments of crushing defeat. On those days, when I felt most like dropping out and giving up, one person kept coming to the front of my mind.

The single woman who’d kept me going — Captain Kathryn Janeway.

Captain Janeway glances over with a pensive gaze

Star Trek was not exactly a staple of my childhood. The show didn't enter my life until later, and even then, it was mostly at college parties where my fellow physics majors always had random episodes playing in the background. It became an anchor for our friendships and was the center of many of our favorite memories. Eventually, I would finish up at my Colorado undergrad and leave my friends and family behind to pursue a PhD in Scotland. As I embarked on my new adventure, a certain Star Trek captain would emerge as a close companion, mentor, and inspiration.

Kate Mulgrew's portrayal of Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager was everything I needed at that time of transition. Searching for 'adventure' often results a mixed bag of experiences, mixing moments of exciting accomplishments with long bouts of loneliness. In Scotland, I felt isolated having to make friends from scratch in a new culture. Instead of reaching through Star Trek and its fandom to connect with friends, I dove inside, seeking companionship within the fictional realm. I was drawn to Janeway — a strong, passionate woman, who found herself burdened with responsibility while facing new and unknown cultures. In her, I found a friend who, like me, immersed herself in the passions of gothic romance and fantastical Irish villages while trying to maintain an external veneer of confidence and professionalism.

Kathryn Janeway smirks as she gazes over her shoulder in 'Eye of the Needle'

"Eye of the Needle"

I could share in her successes and failures, such as the persistence in solving a mathematical puzzle in " Counterpoint ," or the feeling of fate working against you just as in " Eye of the Needle ." The fact that Janeway came from a science officer background and had such evident passion for data and science only drew me closer to her. While doing research in a large collaboration, I had to balance data and the search for answers against personalities and politics, which sometimes left me ready to give up. My PhD became my Alpha Quadrant and I drew strength from Janeway's ability to continue fighting and standing by her decisions as she drove towards her end goal.

This strong and intelligent Federation captain was not only my companion, but also a mentor. Her roots in science drew me in, but watching her careful balance of femininity in a demanding environment, while managing respect from her subordinates but also maintaining trust and friendships, was awe-inspiring. At the time, women made up only around 10 to 20 percent of people within my field of expertise, and with few options, I struggled in finding women to connect with. I wanted role models who could help guide me in my career decisions, or provide me with an example of the type of professional scientist I wanted to be.

While still clasping an open book, Kathryn Janeway places her hands on both of The Doctor's arms in 'Latent Image'

"Latent Image"

Yet, I saw myself in Captain Janeway's decisions, which gave me the strength to shape my own decisions. I learned a huge lesson in leadership when she made the decision to respect the Caretaker and destroy the array, along with any chance of getting her crew home. She did not waver in her order and was able to communicate her decision to the crew without being apologetic or requiring everyone to agree.

One of my favorite episodes is " Latent Image " where the Doctor finds that Janeway has been erasing a particular memory from him. The captain initially comes off as the villain of the story, until the viewer sees how that memory impacts the Doctor's ability to function and starts to side with Janeway's decision. She finds a compromise with him and, though it is difficult, she does what she can to help him through and stand by her actions every step of the way. I took note of her behavior — her way of standing by her decisions while still being open to suggestions — and incorporated it into my professional life which grew my own confidence and capabilities.

The final days of your PhD are not entirely unique; most people who've written a dissertation have similar stories of the burden of trying to distill years of research into a coherent demonstration of your capabilities. You feel overwhelmed, unworthy, and out of your depth. It can be isolating and frustrating. It's a dark time for many, and people start scrambling to find ways to cope. Janeway inspired me to the end; Voyager 's writers were not afraid to show how she handled stress and pressure. They weren't afraid to let her experience emotion. From allowing yourself to escape into a literary fantasy to sometimes just needing a cup of coffee, Janeway gave me that grace to realize what I needed and allow myself it. She reminded me of who I was and why I was chasing this degree. Her presence was a constant reminder that if I wanted to become even a semblance of who she was I had to keep pushing.

Captain Janeway lifts a tricorder and reads from it in 'The 37s'

"The 37s"

I regularly came back to the episode " The 37s ," where Voyager 's crew is given an out — a planet to live on and peacefully spend their lives. That option was all too tempting and Janeway recognized that if she was tempted, her crew probably would be too. Many times, I thought things would be easier if I just went back home, reunited with my boyfriend, and pursued a different career among old friends and familiar settings. Her crew became my crew in that moment when they decide to stay behind and continue with her. Their loyalty and dedication to her and the mission they were on boosted me, and in that moment, the crew of Voyager became my rock.

Kathryn Janeway inspired me, mentored me, and held my hand through thick and thin. She drove me to be better, to be stronger, to not give up. So as I sat there reflecting on this moment the perfect words for my acknowledgements came to me. I wrote, "Finally, to Captain Kathryn Janeway. I cannot describe the level of inspiration she provided me right when I was on the verge of giving up."

This single sentence summed up everything I couldn't express or understand of what Captain Janeway had given me. I simply knew my relationship with her was significant and would stay with me forever.

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This article was originally published on March 14, 2019.

Erin Macdonald PhD (she/her) is a west coast based astrophysicist and Star Trek science consultant.

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  • Glenn Morshower portrayed five characters across multiple Star Trek series & films, showcasing his versatility as a character actor.
  • Morshower's roles ranged from a junior officer to a sneaky alien, displaying his talent for embodying different personas effectively.
  • Known for playing military and law enforcement roles, Morshower's commanding presence shines through in each of his Star Trek performances.

Character actor Glenn Morshower has portrayed five different characters across three Star Trek series and one feature film. Morshower's first Star Trek appearance came near the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation season 2, when he portrayed ensign Burke in "Peak Performance." He later appeared as an alien named Mr. Orton in the TNG season 6 episode, "Starship Mine." Morshower briefly appeared as the navigator on the USS Enterprise-B in Star Trek Generations before popping up in episodes of Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise .

Glenn Morshower has appeared in numerous films and television shows, often portraying military men or law enforcement officers. He is best known for playing Secret Service Agent Aaron Pierce in 24 and Colonel Sharp in the Transformers films. Morshower has also appeared in episodes of The X-Files, CSI, The West Wing, Friday Night Lights, and Agents of SHIELD. More recently Morshower played Marshall Winthrop in 25 episodes of The Resident and President Andrew Johnson in the Apple TV+ series Manhunt . Morshower has also done voice-over work for several popular video game franchises, including Call of Duty and Wolfenstein.

There are 11 Star Trek TV series (and counting) over 58 years. From The Original Series to TNG to Strange New Worlds and Prodigy, we rank them all.

5 Ensign Burke

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In Star Trek: The Next Generation 's "Peak Performance," the USS Enterprise-D participates in war games exercises, as Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) faces off against Commander William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) in command of the USS Hathaway. Glenn Morshower portrays Ensign Burke, who serves as a junior operations and tactical officer aboard the Enterprise. When Riker chooses Lt. Worf (Michael Dorn) to be a part of his crew on the Hathaway, Burke takes the Klingon's place at the tactical station.

A Ferengi ship commanded by DaiMon Bractor (Armin Shimerman) arrives and attacks, unaware that the two Federation ships are participating in practice exercises. The two Federation ships and their crews are able to outsmart the Ferengi, and bring an end to the wargames. Ensign Burke then serves as a mediator during a game of Strategema between master strategist Sirna Kolrami (Roy Brocksmith) and Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner).

4 Mr. Orton

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In Star Trek's version of Die Hard , Captain Picard must singlehandedly thwart a group of thieves aboard the USS Enterprise-D. When the Enterprise docks at the Remmler Array to undergo a decontamination process, Captain Picard ends up stuck on the ship when the rest of the crew beams down to the station to attend a party. The party is quickly interrupted when the station administrator, an Arkarian named Mr. Orton, takes the senior officers captive, while his accomplices board the Enterprise.

With his alien appearance and prosthetics, Glenn Morshower is unrecognizable as Orton, who is eventually captured after the captive Enterprise crew members escape. Data and the other crew members had rigged the VISOR of Lt. Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) to emit a hypersonic pulse that rendered everyone other than Data unconscious. Orton initially played nice with the Enterprise crew members at the party, before revealing his part in the plot to steal trilithium from the Enterprise.

Tim Russ portrayed the first of the marauders taken out by Captain Picard on the Enterprise. Russ is most known for portraying Vulcan Chief of Security Tuvok in all 7 seasons of Star Trek: Voyager , but he also appeared briefly as a lieutenant aboard the Enterprise-B in Star Trek Generations.

3 USS Enterprise-B Navigator

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Glenn Morshower's unnamed navigator only appears in the opening sequence of Star Trek Generations as a crewmember aboard the USS Enterprise-B, under the command of Captain John Harriman (Alan Ruck) . Setting out on its maiden voyage, the Enterprise-B soon gets pulled into a rescue mission to save two El-Aurian refugee ships. Morshower's navigator informs Harriman that the Enterprise is the only ship in range of the El-Aurian ships , and he later releases plasma from the warp nacelles as part of the rescue attempt.

When the Enterprise gets trapped in the same energy ribbon that damaged the El-Aurian ships, the navigator is hit by an explosion and presumably killed. From this point forward, Montgomery Scott (James Doohan) takes over the navigator's station and helps the Enterprise escape. Having gone down to the deflector control room to modify the main deflector, Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) gets caught in a hull breach and is presumed dead. In reality, he ends up in the mysterious Nexus, where Captain Picard later finds him.

With 13 entries in the Star Trek movie series from 1979-2006, there are a couple of ways to watch the films chronologically.

2 Mokra Order Guard

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As Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), Lt. Tuvok, and Lt. B'Elanna Torres (Roxann Dawson) try to buy tellerium for the USS Voyager, they are targeted by the planet's ruling body, the Mokra Order. Tuvok and B'Elanna are captured, while an injured Janeway is saved by a local man named Caylem (Joel Grey). Caylem believes Janeway to be his daughter, Ralkana, who was killed years ago trying to rescue her mother from prison.

Glenn Morshower only appears briefly as one of the Mokra Order guards stationed at the prison where Tuvok and B'Elanna were being held. When Janeway and Caylem mount their rescue attempt, Janeway lures this guard away from his post so that Caylem can knock him out. With distinct ridges at the tops of their noses, the Mokra Order soldiers were brutal members of the Alsaurian species opposed by the Alsaurian resistance movement.

1 Sheriff MacReady

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As the Enterprise NX-01 explores the Delphic Expanse, they discover a planet inhabited by humans living in a civilization modeled after the 1860s American frontier. Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) , Commander Trip Tucker (Connor Trinneer) and Sub-Commander T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) visit the planet to investigate and soon meet Glenn Morshower's Sheriff MacReady. MacReady is immediately suspicious of Archer, and orders his deputy to keep an eye on him.

Archer and his crew eventually learn that the humans were originally brought from Earth by a species called the Skagarans. The humans later overthrew their Skagaran masters and subjugated them, creating laws preventing them from getting an education or owning property. Archer later tells MacReady about modern Earth and emphasizes that humans of the 22nd century have moved past subjugating sentient species. With his penchant for playing law enforcement officers, Glenn Morshower brought a commanding presence to all five of his Star Trek roles.

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The Q and the Grey (episode)

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  • 1.2 Act One
  • 1.3 Act Two
  • 1.4 Act Three
  • 1.5 Act Four
  • 1.6 Act Five
  • 2 Memorable quotes
  • 3.1 Title, story, and script
  • 3.2 Cast and characters
  • 3.3 Filming sites
  • 3.4 Production
  • 3.5 Reception
  • 3.6 Continuity and trivia
  • 3.7 Video and DVD releases
  • 4.1 Starring
  • 4.2 Also starring
  • 4.3 Special Guest Stars
  • 4.4 Uncredited Co-Stars
  • 4.5 Stunt doubles
  • 4.6 References
  • 4.7 External links

Summary [ ]

Q's Romantic Bed

" The night is young and the sheets are satin. "

After witnessing a supernova from the closest distance any Starfleet vessel has ever been, Captain Kathryn Janeway heads to her quarters for the night after being on the bridge for fourteen straight hours. When she arrives, she is startled to find a bed covered in deep-red satin sheets and heart-shaped pillows. Q reveals himself to be in her room. He attempts to proposition her with his odd sexual advances but Janeway tells him to go away. He instead changes her clothes and keeps the act going. Then, he announces he's chosen her to be the mother of his child .

Act One [ ]

Janeway goes to put more clothes on as Q impresses the honor he's bestowed on her. She continues to say she's not interested, however, he takes this as playing hard to get, and leaves, but with the intention of returning soon. The next day, Commander Chakotay and the captain are interrupted by the appearance of Q again. Q thinks that Janeway is attracted to Chakotay because of his tattoo , and produces a bigger Māori one on his face, which doesn't impress the captain or Chakotay at all. They both walk out on him.

Lieutenant Tom Paris and Ensign Harry Kim are enjoying the resort-themed holoprogram and receiving massages while working on crew evaluations , only for their holo-consorts to be whisked to Q's side. They then ask Q what he really is here for, citing that his numerous visits to the USS Enterprise -D were more than they seem. Casually, Q states that he had tried everything to woo Janeway, from filling the bridge with roses , to writing Drabian love sonnets and serenading her in her bath. But at every attempt, she rejects him, so he asks the two for advice. Paris advises that he quit while he is ahead, before he embarrasses himself more than he already has. Q then goes over to the bar , asking for another drink, but Neelix refuses to unless he explains his intentions; Q tries to ask him about Janeway's "favorite things". Neelix states that he can't bribe the captain and Q retorts that is exactly what he does, doing things for her. Neelix snaps that he is "respectful, loyal and sincere", qualities that Q could never possess. Q chuckles softly at this.

Later on in the day, the captain is in her ready room again and hears a small whining sound from behind her desk. Investigating, she finds a Red Setter puppy waiting for her. Janeway recognizes that it is a "gift" from Q and remains unimpressed. Q appears again and tries to cajole her into mating with him using a more "honest" and apologetic approach. Then, a female Q arrives suddenly.

Act Two [ ]

Female Q

Q has obviously been hiding from this female Q, who immediately disapproves of Q's interest in the captain, saying he's going to "pollute" the Q Continuum with her DNA . Apparently, she and Q are together, but it was broken off. Janeway is quick to say she is not interested and asks they take their "domestic squabble" off her ship. Just then, the Voyager encounters another supernova, drawing Janeway to the bridge . The two Q follow unconcerned as the crew detect multiple supernovas, creating shock waves they can't avoid. Janeway reasons that, since so many supernovae going critical cannot be due to chance, that Q is somehow involved in the supernovae. The female Q confirms this. Janeway orders red alert and demands that Q do something about it. Q transports himself and the captain away, and the female Q quickly tries to follow. The shock wave closes in on Voyager .

Janeway finds herself in a recreation of the American Civil War , which is a representation of the Continuum Q has created for her. Q toys with the analogy of a Union officer determined to win a "beautiful southern belle's affections" despite her hatred for Yankees . Janeway insists to get back to her crew to ensure their safety but Q retorts that Chakotay, or "Chuckles," has it under control. Q gets serious and explains that the Q Continuum is at war with itself, opening the window to reveal distant firefighting and fires.

Act Three [ ]

Q reminds Janeway of her encounter with Quinn , telling her that his actions and suicide aboard Voyager have brought unrest to the Continuum, with two main sides arising – the ones who wish for individuality and separatism, led by Q, and the others who want the status quo . The two factions are trying to obliterate each other using powerful weapons , which are simultaneously causing the supernovae across the galaxy . Q admits the situation is terrible, but then calls it an opportunity, noting that wars often bring about changes to make a society better. Janeway only accepts that in societies that haven't learned to deal with conflicts nonviolently, as Humans have done only recently. Q then explains that he wishes to end the war by adding Human DNA into the Continuum and having a baby, something that hasn't been done before. Suddenly the house they're standing in is bombarded with bullets and cannonfire and Q is hit and starts bleeding.

On Voyager , the shock wave has hurtled it off course and damaging the warp drive . Fortunately, there's no major damage, but the female Q has remained on board and is slightly injured. Chakotay sees this and recognizes that her link with the Continuum has been lost. He demands she give him some answers. She tells him and Tuvok about the Continuum's war, then turns to her predicament with Q. Chakotay stops her, proposing they work together since they want the same thing. She has a plan in mind, but doubtful of the ship's ability to execute.

Back in the Continuum, Janeway is tending to Q's wound while he explains that the gunfire is only representative of the fighting really going on. Suddenly, a voice from outside the house tells Q to surrender but Q shoots back, and is hit again. Janeway manages to get him out of the house as explosions rattle it.

Act Four [ ]

Torres is tolerating the female Q's impatience with carrying out her modifications to the ship. Torres knows her situation is not much different than many other females, but the female Q balks at that. However, she does admire the Klingon female .

Q wakes up in one of his faction's camps, Janeway having avoided the opposing faction and found his allies. Janeway tends to him further, and mentions his offer to mate . He immediately gets excited, but Janeway says he should mate with the female Q instead. He says it's never been done, and he can only mate with species that can copulate . Apparently, the Q have always existed and never needed to do so. Q also insists he would want Janeway with the child to raise him, having the whole galaxy to explore. Janeway admits it's a little tempting, but she has responsibilities. Q finally offers to send the ship back to the Alpha Quadrant , but Janeway insists they'll get there under their own power. She leaves him to talk to the enemy camp, to say Q is ready to negotiate a cease-fire.

The female Q suggests flying straight into one of the numerous supernovae, after explaining that they're not normal supernovae but echoes of the battle in the Continuum. The crew immediately becomes hesitant, so the Q continues to convince them and gives Torres some extra instructions. With a few shield modifications, Voyager enters the Continuum.

Janeway tries to convince the colonel Q that Q wants a cease-fire and has a non-violent way to end the hostilities. The colonel, while initially hospitable, simply says the time for diplomacy is past, and he intends to execute Q instead. He asks her where he is, but she refuses. It turns out they've already caught him, and he sentences both Janeway and Q to death .

Act Five [ ]

On a sunny day, Janeway and Q are led to be shot, and given some last words. Janeway pleads with all of them to not use violence to solve their problems, and then Q pleads to let Janeway go. Just before they fire, the soldiers are fired on by Union soldiers, this time with the crew of Voyager , fully clothed in period costume, with weapons, and rescues the captain and Q. The female Q is hesitant to untie Q, but Q insists he has a plan to reassure her of his devotion to her. She is convinced and intrigued at being a "parent of peace."

Paris is able to sneak behind the colonel Q and disarm him. He brings him to the female Q who convinces him to order a halt to the battle. As the soldiers stand down, the female Q suggests how Q and her might procreate. Janeway goes to leave, but Q stops her. The two mate simply by touching fingers together, to Janeway's surprise. This done, everyone from Voyager is returned to normal space. Kim can detect no supernovas anywhere near Voyager , indicating the Q's civil war is over.

Walking back into her ready room, the captain finds Q there, with his new son on his knee, speaking baby words. He thanks her for saving the Q from extinction and asks her to be his son's godmother. She accepts and Q and his baby leave.

Memorable quotes [ ]

" l'm stuck here with you mortals while Q is probably in the process of irreparably harming the Continuum with that woman. Hmm! Tossed aside for someone five billion years younger! If it weren't so laughable I would cry. "

" I want you out, but first, get rid of this bed. " " I have no intention of getting between those Starfleet-issue sheets. They give me a terrible rash. " " Since you won't be getting in the bed, I wouldn't worry about it. "

" My cosmic clock is ticking! "

" Foreplay with a Q can last for decades! "

" I've never figured out what you see in this big oaf anyway. Is it the tattoo? 'Cause mine's bigger! " " Not big enough. "

" I know I don't have any right to feel this way, but this bothers the hell out of me. "

" What are you doing with that dog? (Q and Janeway look at the puppy the Captain's holding) I'm not talking about the puppy. "

" Hmm… well, there is one possibility, but somehow I don't think this rickety barge or your half-witted crew members are up to the challenge. " " May I remind you, madam, that this 'rickety barge' and its 'half-witted crew' are your only hope at the moment. "

" I've always liked Klingon females. You've got such… spunk. "

" May we presume that this conflict is also responsible for the weakening of your powers and your inability to return to the Continuum? " " The Vulcan talent for stating the obvious never ceases to amaze me. "

" You know, I have really had it with this superiority complex of yours. " " It's not a complex, dear; it's a fact. "

" I know that you're probably asking yourself: why would a brilliant, handsome, dashingly omnipotent being like Q want to mate with a scrawny little bipedal specimen like me? " " Let me guess, no one else in the universe will have you? " " Nonsense ! I could have chosen a Klingon Targ, a Romulan empress , a Cerelian microbe… " " Really?! I beat out a single cell organism ?! How flattering. "

" Commander, I needn't remind you that close proximity to a supernova will crush us whether or not we time it perfectly. " " You're so negative. "

" Q… you're bleeding! "

" Enough! The only thing that concerns me right now is the welfare of my ship and crew! " " Well, I'm sure your first officer – 'Chuckles', is it? – I'm sure he's got everything under control for the moment. "

" You'd be surprised what innovative munitions can be created by one immortal being who's set his mind on killing another. "

" You might call them… galactic cross fire. " " It's terrible, isn't it? " " But it's also a wonderful opportunity. " " I fail to see anything wonderful about a war. " " War can be an engine of change. "

" If it's any consolation, there are those in the Continuum who will remember us as martyrs. " " I'd rather skip that particular honor. "

" Fire !" " I'm hit, I'm dying! " " Q! " " What? " " They're not firing at us. " " They're not?!? "

" Why don't I give you two some privacy? " " Oh, Kathy, don't you like to watch? "

" That was it?!? " " You had your chance. Don't go crying about it now. "

" You! Helm boy! "

" You! Bar rodent! Another one of these (pauses briefly when an attractive hologram goes walking by) fruity concoctions. "

" By the way, did I tell you how smart he is? I've already taught him how to knock small planets out of orbit . " " And I thought you were going to teach him about love and conscience. "

" l'm really not cut out to be a wet nurse. "

Background information [ ]

Title, story, and script [ ].

  • The title of this Star Trek: Voyager episode is a reference to both the Civil War poem "The Blue and the Gray", by Francis Miles Finch (1827-1907), as well as a 1982 miniseries about the Civil War. Co-executive producer Jeri Taylor noted, " Instead of the Blue and the Grey, it's the 'Q and the Grey.' " ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 23 )
  • This episode was written by staff writer Kenneth Biller after he was selected to write a Q installment for Voyager 's third season . Biller found it ironic that, although he was the least avid of the Star Trek fans on Star Trek: Voyager 's writing team, the episodes he was assigned to write – for the third season of the series – included both this installment and the Borg episode " Unity ". ( Cinefantastique , Vol. 29, No. 6/7, p. 84)
  • This installment was highly influenced by past Q episodes. As this Q episode was Ken Biller's first one, he watched the previous such episodes from the other series in an attempt to familiarize himself more with the character, for the writing of this episode ( Voyager 's second Q installment). Ken Biller eventually chose to elaborate on an idea that Shawn Piller (the son of co-executive producer Michael Piller ) had for an episode: Q desiring to mate with Janeway. Biller also took inspiration from the first Q episode of Star Trek: Voyager , " Death Wish ", which had proceeded from a story thought up by Shawn Piller. For example, the concept of the Q Civil War was influenced by Q warning, in that episode, that the suicide of any Q would have disastrous repercussions for not only the Continuum itself but also the entire galaxy. Concerning the genesis of his idea for the Q Civil War, Biller related, " I thought, what would happen if there was a war in the Q Continuum? It would have all sorts of disastrous implications for the space that we were flying through. We started to refer to it as the Q civil war. " Biller also reused, from "Death Wish", the idea of Q demonstrating the Q Continuum to Janeway in a way that she could conceive of it. The writer recalled, " In a previous episode Q took everybody to the Continuum, and [showed] it to them in a way that their puny little minds could comprehend. It suddenly occurred to me that if Q was trying to make Janeway understand that the Q were having a civil war, he would allow her to perceive it in a way that she would have some cultural context to place it in, like the American Civil War. " ( Cinefantastique , Vol. 29, No. 6/7, p. 89)
  • Ken Biller took particular delight in scripting the Q scenes. He said, " I loved writing Q… I found myself really enjoying writing the part. " ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 28 , p. 44)
  • The shooting script of this episode begins by describing the starfield in the episode's opening shot with the superfluously poetic phrase, " The quintessence of celestial serenity. " The scene description for the lavish room of the mansion where Q takes Janeway includes a production note that reads, " This could be a redesign of the Drawing Room set from Janeway's holonovel . " The script also dates the Union officer's uniform that Q wears as being from "circa 1861," and does not include the scene that is set in Engineering, involving Torres and the Q female.
  • Many revisions were made to this episode's script, continuing through preproduction. Ken Biller explained, " Up until the episode started shooting […] I was in constant revisions, re-writing and revising the script […] We started prepping the show about three weeks after I started writing it. " ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 28 , p. 44)
  • The episode's final script draft was submitted on 10 September 1996 . [1]

Cast and characters [ ]

  • Ken Biller was involved in the casting of this episode. ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 28 , p. 44)
  • Before portraying the female Q here, Suzie Plakson also played the Klingon/Human hybrid K'Ehleyr and the Vulcan Dr. Selar on Star Trek: The Next Generation . Accordingly, in this episode, the female Q comments about both species.
  • Q actor John de Lancie was handed his script for the episode mere moments before appearing on stage, with Janeway actress Kate Mulgrew , at the convention Star Trek 30: One Weekend On Earth , on Saturday 7 September 1996 . ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 22 )
  • John de Lancie ultimately liked this episode. He enthused, " 'The Q and the Grey' was very good […] It was well-rounded, creative and fun. " However, De Lancie was negatively critical of at least one of the episode's elements. " There were some choices made in it that I personally didn't agree with, " he said. " There is always a problem when you make the choice of showing something like the baby Q at the end. I just didn't think showing the baby was a good thing to do. " ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 34 , p. 21)
  • This was the third of three Star Trek episodes on which John de Lancie and director Cliff Bole collaborated, they having previously worked together on the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes " Hide And Q " and " Qpid ". Cliff Bole believed that his responsibilities, regarding a guest star (such as De Lancie) who was reprising a role, were not only to help the actor retain the aspects of performance that had originally made the character so popular. " We also try to take a step beyond that, if the script has opened that door, " Bole said. " The script for 'The Q and the Grey' did open the door a little. John's character is so malleable and they'll bend it in any way they need to for the given story. " ( The Official Star Trek: Voyager Magazine  issue 15 )
  • John de Lancie felt that a sexual tension that came naturally to scenes between himself and Kate Mulgrew – as members of opposite sexes as well as actors hired to, in the words of De Lancie, "put zing into stuff" – was somewhat avoided in this episode. " I think that with 'The Q and the Grey' we kind of put some of that tension on the back burner, " De Lancie commented. " Janeway was able to fend Q off and there was another character involved for Q, a female Q. " ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 34 , p. 22)
  • Cliff Bole was of the opinion that, during the making of this episode, Kate Mulgrew thoroughly enjoyed performing alongside John de Lancie. " He and Kate played very well, " Bole noted. " I think she enjoyed it because it was a chance for her to get away from her regular players and really have an event with a guest star. " ( The Official Star Trek: Voyager Magazine  issue 15 ) Indeed, Mulgrew herself noted, " I always love working with John de Lancie, so I very much enjoyed 'The Q and the Grey'. " ( Cinefantastique , Vol. 29, No. 6/7, p. 84) Mulgrew also counted this as one of her eight favorite installments of Voyager 's third season and stated, " 'The Q and the Grey' was a very creative use of Q. " ( The Official Star Trek: Voyager Magazine  issue 14 , p. 32)
  • The experience of collaborating on the episode with Kate Mulgrew and John de Lancie was enjoyable for Ken Biller. He remarked, " I had [a] great time working with Kate and John de Lancie on it, who I think were terrific together. " ( Cinefantastique , Vol. 29, No. 6/7, p. 89) In addition, Biller said, " I found myself really enjoying […] working with John de Lancie. " ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 28 , p. 44)
  • Paris actor Robert Duncan McNeill cited this episode as an example of the Voyager crew being written as more humorous in Voyager 's third season than they had been in the previous two seasons. " Q obviously has a history of being a very funny character, " McNeill observed, " but they allowed all of us to have a few of the same sorts of moments Q has all the time. We all got to deliver a few comic lines. " ( The Official Star Trek: Voyager Magazine  issue 11 )

Filming sites [ ]

  • The exterior scenes of this episode were shot in Los Angeles ' Griffith Park , an oft-used filming location well known for its observatory (where scenes of Star Trek: Voyager had previously been filmed, for the earlier third season episodes " Future's End " and " Future's End, Part II "). ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 27 , p. 61)
  • The mansion interior set was constructed on Paramount Stage 9 . ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 27 , p. 61) In accordance with the script, the mansion's interior was a revamp of the Gothic drawing room from Janeway's holonovel. ( Delta Quadrant , p. 155) The set had originally been constructed on Paramount Stage 16 , however. ( A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager , p. 19)

Production [ ]

Shooting The Q and the Grey

During a break from filming this episode, Roxann Dawson is happily presented with a birthday cake

  • This episode was produced in September 1996 . ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 20 ) The first day of production was Wednesday 11 September 1996 , which was also actress Roxann Dawson 's birthday ; during a break from filming bridge scenes on that day, craft services personnel presented Dawson with a birthday cake , bedecked with candles. ( Star Trek Magazine  issue 158 , p. 46)
  • Ken Biller assisted with this episode's production, including further revising the script. When the episode was almost completely filmed, Biller explained, " I've been spending a lot of time on the set for 'The Q and the Grey', doing production rewrites and making line changes or small script changes as we've gone along […] We had lots of production meetings and optical effects meetings about how we were going to shoot the show and how we were going to stage it. There are some ground battles in it and we had to conceive of ways to have most of those battles taking place off-screen while still suggesting that they were going on. That's been my project for the last month or so, and meanwhile I've been fitting in story meetings and story breaks [the latter being meetings at which a script is 'broken' into its component acts and further revised] on episodes that my colleagues have been working on. " ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 28 , p. 44)
  • When Janeway and Q are about to be executed, the camera performs a quick zoom on each of their faces. This is reminiscent of many old Western movies.
  • During filming of the civil war scenes in Griffith Park, Star Trek Magazine reporter James Swallow visited Paramount Stages 8 and 9, at the Paramount Pictures lot, to find the area was dark and virtually deserted. Swallow discovered that the bridge set on Stage 8 housed life-size cardboard stand-ups of Voyager 's regular cast, and that Robert Picardo was present too, using his time off to plan for the upcoming episode " Alter Ego " (which he was not only due to appear in, playing his usual character of The Doctor, but also to direct). In addition, Swallow found that the set for Voyager 's shuttlebay contained "dozens of parked bicycles". ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 27 , p. 61)
  • One week later, James Swallow returned to the Paramount Pictures lot to discover that – although it was the first day of filming on " Macrocosm " – one more scene of this episode, involving Q actors John de Lancie and Harve Presnell , was scheduled to be filmed later that day. ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 27 , p. 61) Ken Biller commented, " Even though we've officially started shooting the next episode, 'Macrocosm,' we're going to have to shoot one more scene [for 'The Q and the Grey'] tonight. " This complication was due to the production period of the previous episode, " Warlord ", having overrun. ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 28 , p. 44)
  • During this episode's production, Cliff Bole wanted to make more of the story's American Civil War setting than he was ultimately able to. He later complained, " I wish we could have done more Civil War stuff […] I wanted to open it up and not play so much on stage. But budget and time constraints dictated otherwise. " ( The Official Star Trek: Voyager Magazine  issue 15 )
  • A widely circulated outtake from this episode consists of a series of blown takes in which John de Lance has difficulty saying the word "omnipotence". [2]

Reception [ ]

  • At the One Weekend On Earth convention, performers Kate Mulgrew and John de Lancie engaged in some repartee regarding this episode. Mulgrew explained for the crowd, " Q is going to attempt to procreate, hold on to your hats, with yours truly!… " and slyly added, " John's been trying to get me for years. " De Lancie responded by groaning and exclaiming, " I'm glad my wife 's not here! " ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 22 )
  • Practically as soon as this episode was announced, the installment generated an enormous amount of fan response, including gossip that Janeway would indeed become the mother of Q's offspring. " Which she is not about to do, " Jeri Taylor clarified, prior to the episode airing, " in spite of rumors that were flying around the country and the Internet that she is going to have his child. This is one of these amazing things where other people created the rumor, and then wrote me all kinds of nasty letters blaming me! It was actually kind of annoying. " ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 23 )
  • Jeri Taylor was, nevertheless, pleased with the way the episode turned out. She commented, " At any rate, the episode has come out very well. It's a lot of fun. " ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 23 ) She also enthused, " I think 'The Q and Grey' was a lot of fun […] and had some important things to say. " ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 31 , p. 11) In fact, Jeri Taylor selected this episode as one of her favorite installments from Voyager 's third season. ( Cinefantastique , Vol. 29, No. 6/7, p. 89) In addition, Taylor cited this episode as one of several that she collectively referred to as "some very fun adventures in our November sweeps period" (another such installment being " Future's End "), noting that they were airing due to her conviction that Voyager 's crew members, in the third season of Voyager , should have more fun than they had had in the previous two seasons. ( The Official Star Trek: Voyager Magazine  issue 10 )
  • Jeri Taylor's positive opinion of this episode was shared by both Cliff Bole and Kenneth Biller. Bole remarked, " I'm very happy with the way the episode turned out. This one and ' Meld ' [another installment that Bole helmed] are my favorites. " ( The Official Star Trek: Voyager Magazine  issue 15 ) For his part, Ken Biller enthused, " 'The Q and the Grey' was a blast. " ( Cinefantastique , Vol. 29, No. 6/7, 89)
  • This was the first regular episode of Star Trek: Voyager whose debut airing followed the release of a Star Trek film . The first airing of the series' pilot episode, " Caretaker ", was two months after the release of Star Trek Generations , but this episode was originally broadcast merely five days after the release of Star Trek: First Contact (which had, however, been produced between April and July 1996 – a few months before this episode's production phase). It was, in fact, suggested at the time that this Q episode was an attempt to appeal to Star Trek: The Next Generation fans whose appetites had been whetted by First Contact . ( Beyond the Final Frontier , p. 301)
  • This November sweeps episode was heavily promoted. ( Cinefantastique , Vol. 29, No. 6/7, 98) It achieved only a 4.7 Nielsen rating, however, with an 8% share. ( Cinefantastique , Vol. 29, No. 6/7, 98; [3] (X) )
  • John de Lancie watched the episode with family members, who enjoyed it. De Lancie later remembered, " I watched that show with my children , my wife and my father, and they all thought it was one of my most successful shows as Q. " ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 34 , p. 21)
  • Cinefantastique rated this episode 2 out of 4 stars. ( Cinefantastique , Vol. 29, No. 6/7, p. 98)
  • Star Trek Magazine scored this episode 3 out of 5 stars, defined as "Warp Speed". ( Star Trek Monthly  issue 27 , p. 60)
  • The unauthorized reference book Delta Quadrant (p. 156) gives this installment a rating of 7 out of 10.
  • In hindsight, Suzie Plakson wished there had been a sequel to this episode. " As the years go by, " she professed, " I really regret not having been brought back to play with John de Lancie as the fighting Qs. " ( BLANKMANinc.com: The Star Trek Interviews )

Continuity and trivia [ ]

  • This episode is a sequel to " Death Wish " and references the events of that episode.
  • Paris tells Q that the crew are aware of his appearances on the Enterprise , referring to the events of " Encounter at Farpoint ", " Hide And Q ", " Q Who ", " Deja Q ", " Qpid ", " True Q ", " Tapestry ", and " All Good Things... ".
  • Janeway states in this episode that only two crews have previously witnessed a supernova in the history of Star Fleet . Indeed, the crew of the USS Enterprise -D witness the Beta Stromgren supernova in TNG : " Tin Man " while the original Enterprise 's crew witness two supernovae, Minara in TOS : " The Empath " and Beta Niobe in TOS : " All Our Yesterdays ".
  • When Chakotay, Tuvok, Paris, and Kim enter the Q Continuum on the "Union" side to rescue Janeway and Q, they wield possibly the most powerful weapons ever used by humanoids, the Q weapons , which they perceive as Civil War firearms.
  • This is the first episode of Star Trek to feature a full uncensored sex scene. In this case the act involves two Q aliens and is achieved - at least when the Q are in human form - by touching index fingers.
  • In this episode, Q confirms that the Romulan Star Empire once had an empress .
  • This is the second of three appearances of Q on Star Trek: Voyager . His other appearances in the series include not only the second season installment " Death Wish " but also the seventh season episode " Q2 ".
  • Janeway's discussion with Q represents the ninth time besides the series premiere (after " Eye of the Needle ", " Prime Factors ", " The 37's ", " Cold Fire ", " Threshold ", " Death Wish ", " False Profits " and " Future's End, Part II ") that the Voyager is presented with the possibility of returning home much faster than by conventional warp travel. In this case, Janeway rejects the implied offer.
  • Q's quote about how the Q have never reproduced appears to be at odds with the events of TNG : " True Q ", in which Amanda Rogers' parents are established as having been members of the Q Continuum and obviously procreated (although in their case, Amanda's parents conceived her by normal Human means, rather than the 'Q method' shown in this episode). In the same episode, Q tells Dr. Crusher that he "desperately" hopes she is right in claiming that he will never understand the appeal of humanoid babies. However, he is clearly emotionally attached to "Junior" by the end of that episode.
  • In this episode, Q teasingly refers to Chakotay as "Chuckles" and to Neelix as "bar rodent". The former nickname somewhat stuck, among fans, but the latter did not. ( Delta Quadrant , p. 155)
  • An unofficial, fan-used nickname for the female Q is "Suzy Q", owing (at least partly) to the fact that the character was portrayed by Suzie Plakson. ( Delta Quadrant , p. 155)
  • In the novel I, Q (written by Peter David ), the female Q is referred to as "Lady Q" while her child is known as "q".

Video and DVD releases [ ]

  • UK VHS release (two-episode tapes, CIC Video ): Volume 3.6, 5 May 1997
  • As part of the UK VHS collection Star Trek - Greatest Battles : 16 November 1998
  • As part of the VOY Season 3 DVD collection
  • As part of the Star Trek: Fan Collective - Q collection

Links and references [ ]

Starring [ ].

  • Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway

Also starring [ ]

  • Robert Beltran as Commander Chakotay
  • Roxann Dawson as Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
  • Jennifer Lien as Kes
  • Robert Duncan McNeill as Lieutenant Tom Paris
  • Ethan Phillips as Neelix
  • Robert Picardo as The Doctor
  • Tim Russ as Lieutenant Tuvok
  • Garrett Wang as Ensign Harry Kim

Special Guest Stars [ ]

  • Suzie Plakson as female Q
  • Harve Presnell as Colonel Q
  • John de Lancie as Q

Uncredited Co-Stars [ ]

  • Michael Beebe as Murphy
  • Adriana del Pomar as Resort woman
  • Brett Donahue as infant Q Junior
  • Nolan Donahue as infant Q Junior
  • Michele Edison as Resort woman
  • Patrick Emery as a command officer
  • Traci Murray as Resort woman
  • Heather Rattray as an operations officer
  • Martin Squires as Resort man
  • Illusory puppy
  • Q Confederate soldiers
  • Q Union soldiers

Stunt doubles [ ]

  • Chuck Borden as stunt double for John de Lancie
  • Lynn Salvatori as stunt double for Kate Mulgrew

References [ ]

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External links [ ]

  • "The Q and the Grey" at StarTrek.com
  • " The Q and the Grey " at Memory Beta , the wiki for licensed Star Trek works
  • " The Q and the Grey " at Wikipedia
  • " The Q and the Grey " at MissionLogPodcast.com , a Roddenberry Star Trek podcast
  • " The Q and the Grey " at the Internet Movie Database
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