Date: October 19, 2020
Season 3, Episode 11
Musical Accompaniment: Minus the Bear and associated acts
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TL;DR: After witnessing a star go supernova, a rare occurrence per galaxy, Janeway returns to her room to find Q who wants her as his mate. He keeps showing up and harassing the crew, eventually conjuring a puppy and telling Janeway that he’s lonely. Suddenly a red haired, female Q shows up, his ex, and there are also two more supernovas because the Q continuum is in a state of civil war. Q and Janeway beam into the war zone while Lady Q is stuck on Voyager and tries to get them toward the continuum. Q wants the continuum to have more freedom, inspired by Quinn, and the other side wants things to get back to “normal”. Janeway tries to get them to settle peacefully but she and Q are instead going to be executed. Voyager and Lady Q arrive a t the nick of time, Lady Q and Q decide to procreate, and there are no more supernovas. Sometime later Q arrives to ask Janeway to be the godmother to his little boy.
Q: 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?
Janeway: Let me guess. No one else in the universe will have you.
Q: Nonsense. I could have chosen a Klingon Targ, the Romulan empress, a Cyrillian microbe.
Janeway: Really? I beat out a single-celled organism? How flattering.Janeway waving her hands in abject sarcasm.
“War can be an engine of change.”: So my absolute favorite guest star who only had two appearances on TNG as a Klingon and one as a Vulcan is back and she’s absolutely fantastic as Lady Q. Torres, however, gives her a run for her money with her quick wit and superbly timed pettiness. This really starts off like every other Q episode, except this time you maybe believe him for just a little until you realize he’s instigated a civil war. It was great fun to watch Janeway and Lady Q run around in civil war era skirts and being genuine badasses despite the massive layers, and all of the men looked sharp in their uniforms. The ending, however, makes absolutely no sense. It was still a fun episode and Lady Q calls Paris “helm boy” and Chakotay just gives the “go ahead nod” and I laughed hysterically at that. It’s also very “Q” in that their way of procreating is touching fingers. Despite the ridiculous ending that just ended because we got to time and the script said so, it was great fun and I wouldn’t mind watching it again mostly because of Janeway and Lady Q. This episode earns itself 7 empty food storage containers that used to hold all of the things I cooked this weekend.