Q became popular on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Though Q became popular on Star Trek: The Next Generation, we didn’t learn a lot about him or his back story. Or even what inspired the producers to create the character. And although this didn’t stop our appreciation of him, it’s always interesting when you learn something new about a character that has been around for over thirty years. We now have TrekCulture to thank for delivering some details about John de Lancie’s Q. In about thirteen minutes, there are ten things you might never have known about the arrogant villian.
Q debuted on Star Trek: The Next Generation but is a part of Star Trek overall
Q only appeared in a few episodes of The Next Generation then continued in one episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine where he was punched by Commander Sisko. He then moved on to Star Trek: Voyager where he was interested in procreating with Captain Janeway. That was a hard no from her. Since then, he’s been relatively off the radar, with the exception of his recent voice appearance in Lower Decks. One of the reasons that Q wasn’t around that much, as indicated in the video, was that the writers didn’t want to use him too much.
Q wasn’t just a one-off villain that could be defeated only to never be heard from again. He was this being with incredible powers but was often outsmarted by the Enterprise crew. The writers thought that would weaken him as a villain if he returned too often only to be bested by mere mortals.
Though Q hasn’t been around much in the past twenty years or so, we’ll see him again in season two of Star Trek: Picard, although, from everything we’ve heard from de Lancie, he’ll be quite the different Q than we knew.
Star Trek: Picard returns to Paramount+ in February 2022.