After first contact with Q, USS Enterprise-D did escape the cage of Q with Warp 9+. The cage started the pursue course to catch Enterprise. And, it overtook Enterprise's speed quickly. It was on Warp 9.9 when Enterprise stuck at Warp 9.8. Great... afterall, it belonged to Q.

But, the problem is: Why did the cage need to move with finite Warp speed? Or, why did it even need to pursue? Q was able to transport Enterprise from one part of Galaxy to another within a moment.

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    Maybe it had to chase because the Q like to play games. Jul 9, 2012 at 11:35
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    I didn't vote, but maybe because in that same episode, Q says he's testing humans?
    – Izkata
    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:50
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    @dlanod Because personally, I'm getting very annoyed at the questions structured like "I just watched <episode>, but <question>.", which can then be completely answered by quoting from <episode>. Especially when it's the first episode and there is no character background from other episodes.
    – Izkata
    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:58
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    @Sachin SE does give you the right to downvote questions you think are bad questions; you may disagree but its a perfectly valid opinion that questions which are answered in the same episode that raises them are not very good questions for a reference QA site.
    – KutuluMike
    Jul 9, 2012 at 14:09
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    @NominSim (and all), sorry, but you are all way off base. I watched that episode, and the answer may be GUESSED at but it's not AT ALL unequivocally clear from the episode. Aug 20, 2012 at 4:40

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While this is a poor, speculative answer, the nature of the Q may give us clues to the bizarre way in which they operate.

The Q technically have little to gain from Picard and the Enterprise except for amusement. To chase the ship with a cage may be part of the fun.

Why do we still choose to hunt with bows and arrows?
Why does a child block the path of an ant, just to see it change directions?


I think simply because it was more dramatic to include a chase scene than have Q click his fingers.... and I'm not sure the writers were that worried about continuity at this point; it was the first ep. and they probably didn't know Q would be a popular character so weren't expecting to have to answer these kind of questions.

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    True, but answers consisting mostly of "because plot hole" tend to not be what people are looking for.
    – Toomai
    Mar 21, 2013 at 19:52

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