Although I love the actor John deLancie, I think I feel about Q exactly how one is supposed to feel about him – he’s an obnoxious, loathsome character, who is always unwelcome and turns up when you least expect him, and he keeps on popping up when you think you’ve got rid of him.

Thankfully I can’t think of anybody in real life who fits his character. Loathsome and obnoxious, yes. Manipulative, yes. But nobody who combines all those features rolled into one.

The idea in this episode is that Vash had been with Q ever since the Enterprise (TNG QPid) but had lived to regret it, and was now struggling to shake off this abusive partner.

A few of our married friends have gone on to split and divorce, one couple’s split in particular was a big surprise, seeming to have been the perfect couple with happy home and settled family.

But after the split the wife claimed that the husband had been abusive all through their marriage, and managed to turn all his kids against him.

In actual fact there was more than a little evidence that it was the other way round – she had been the drinker, violent, unfaithful, verbally abusive, shopaholic, and he had put up with it all, through thick and thin.

Who knows what really goes on behind closed doors? Presumably the children would be in the best place to know the truth of what went on in the relationship.

Vash’s character is not all innocent at all. When Picard met her, she was already a mercenary, thieving dealer in historical artifacts and of course her character has not improved through her time with Q. Q hangs around because she’s up to her old tricks again, and one of her artifacts puts the station at risk. Together with Quark’s insatiable greed, they make quite a pair.

“I’ll never understand this obsession with accumulating material wealth. You spend your entire life plotting and scheming to acquire more and more possessions until your living areas are bursting with useless junk. Then you die, your relatives sell everything, and start the cycle all over again.” – Odo

The highlight of the episode is Q and Sisko’s fight.

You hit me… Picard never hit me.
I’m not Picard.
Indeed not. You’re much easier to provoke. How fortunate for me.

Of course, everything is resolved in the episode, and Bashir wakes up completely ‘clueless’ about the events that have unfolded while he was asleep.

But we can be sure that we’ll see more of Q. Having spotted Sisko’s vulnerabilities, as all manipulators do, he will be bound to return to cause trouble another day.

I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and wish you all a happy new year. Or, as Spock might say, I hope you experience a pleasant celebration of your planet’s winter solstice, and a most logical new year.





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