In "Death Wish," in an effort to try to convince Captain Janeway to rule in his favor during the trial, Q shows her the Earth outside of her window.

Is it stated anywhere how Q accomplishes this? Does Q bring Earth to the Delta Quadrant? Does Q bring Voyager to the Alpha Quadrant? Is the Earth merely an illusion?

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  • Logically, if Earth and Voyager were brought together even briefly, somebody on Earth would've noticed. Unless Q made them not notice; he's omnipotent, after all.
    – Cadence
    Commented Aug 4, 2018 at 19:11
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    Exactly. With Q, you can't count anything out. I didn't know if there was a word from the writers on this issue. Commented Aug 4, 2018 at 19:11
  • The point is not what he did or may have done to make Earth appear out the window; the point is that he briefly made her feel like she was home to (unsuccessfully) compel a decision in his favor.
    – Anthony X
    Commented Aug 4, 2018 at 20:46
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    Well, that's fine, Anthony, but I'm still curious what he actually did. Commented Aug 4, 2018 at 20:50
  • He may have done nothing. He was speaking on behalf of the Q Continuum. While Q COULD easily have moved Voyager or Earth or created an illusion, it's equally possible that he was simply a mouth piece and the rest of the Q did the heavy lifting
    – geewhiz
    Commented Aug 5, 2018 at 21:17

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The script is no help whatsoever.

Q1: The Continuum is prepared to do you a little favor... if we approve of your ruling. Look out the window.

She reacts, goes to the window.

-HER P.O.V. Out the window... she can see Earth.

JANEWAY: (whispering) That's... Earth.

Q1: Now you see it. Now you don't.

She glances away, toward him, and when she looks back to the window.


Given that Q is essentially omnipotent, it's certainly possible that he took the Voyager to Earth but cloaked (no mention is made of its arrival and disappearance later in the show when Voyager makes contact with Earth).

It's also possible that he moved Earth to the Delta Quadrant, then erased the memories of Earth's entire population or that he copied the Earth molecule-for-molecule just for the effect, then banished it into nothingness. More than likely though, it was just an illusion of some sort. He's made those before.

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Then again, this is someone whose plan to deal with an annoying planetoid was to change the gravitational constant of the entire universe.

  • To be fair the solution Geordi came up with for the planetoid sounds even sillier "we should just take the planetoid and push it partway into a space where the gravitational constant is already different"
    – IG_42
    Commented Aug 5, 2018 at 23:09

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