Synopsis: Q makes Riker his bitch.
Memory Alpha Summary: But not his Imzadi
Review: John De Lancie is magnificent here, even better than in his debut. “Oh, your species is always suffering and dying,” starts this one out with a bang. Then he calls Worf “macro-head” and I am completely hooked on this character.
The one blip in this episode is Tasha being put in the penalty box. Denise Crosby is NOT good at crying on screen. It doesn’t help that she’s given awful lines like “it sounds strange but it definitely isn’t.” However, Stewart saves this scene by telling her that he’s established a new rule on the bridge that it is okay to cry in the penalty box. This is the patient, sensitive captain this crew needs, and it’s great to see Picard act this way. Tasha is obviously impressed, replying with, “If you weren’t a captain…” and Picard somehow manages not to act creeped out by the sexual undertones of that statement.
Another hilarious (perhaps unintentional) meme from this episode is how everyone calls Q’s creatures “animal things.” Talk about scary! And vicious! Animal things, oooo!
Riker’s very rapid change into dickery once he is granted Q’s powers seems a little off base, but it’s fun to see his colleagues knock him off his pedestal. Of course, he turns Wesley into an adult male that looks nothing at all like Wil Wheaton, so I guess his powers weren’t perfect after all.