This Star Trek: Decrease Decks article incorporates minor spoilers for “Veritas.”
The voice-cameo of Jon de Lancie as Q in Episode 8 of Lower Decks is well the sequence’ largest callback to Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology but. In actual fact, the best way Q seems on this episode may be very paying homage to how we consider him in TNG, right down to his iconic choose’s robes, and his taunts about “testing humanity.” However, on some degree, it seems like Q has really regressed a bit. He’s nonetheless hilarious, however wasn’t he barely extra accountable the final time we noticed him in canon? Chronologically, the final time we noticed Q was in Voyager Season 7 and, at the moment, he’d simply turn into a father, and was keen to assist out Captain Janeway and the gang. So what’s up with Q? Did he return to being a jerk? Or is he really extra enjoyable now than ever?
Within the 12 months 2378, simply two years earlier than the occasions of Lower Decks, we noticed Q within the Voyager episode “Q2.” On this episode, Q has a son (the titular “Q2” or “Junior”) and principally goes to Voyager to show his child about what people are like. This doesn’t go effectively, however the overwhelming level of the episode is that Q does really feel some degree or accountability about his son and, though he’s flippant and irritated, the episode ends with the concept Q is attempting to set a very good instance for his son. Q Junior’s model of chaos was irresponsible, whereas Q seen his model of screwing with people as a sequence of exams.
Previous to all of that, in 2373, Voyager was briefly sucked into the Q Civil Conflict, by which “our” Q was in favor of preserving the galaxy the best way it was, somewhat than having all the things descend into chaos. The crew of Voyager have been principally bystanders on this, however once more, these storylines demonstrated that on a really primary degree, was inquisitive about preserving the galaxy steady, not tearing it aside.