In Star Trek:Voyager - Death Wish Quinn tries to hide himself and Voyager from Q. One hiding place he tried was to turn Voyager into a Christmas ornament hanging on a tree.

Were they on Earth at that time, and if so why would Quinn bring them all the way back to the Delta quadrant when he undid the shrinking? If he just put the ship back in space over Earth it seems he would be more likely to get the asylum he wanted.

  • The script doesn't say; "NEW VIEWSCREEN ANGLE (OPTICAL) To see we're an ornament on a Christmas tree. The branches and other hanging balls and blinking lights are clearly visible. Suddenly we're jolted... and everyone hangs on to keep from falling... and the picture on the viewscreen pans as a hand picks us up, and now we see Q1's face looking right into our viewscreen camera." – Valorum Oct 2 at 23:48
  • You might want to note that he seems to have moved the ship outside of the universe at one point. I would assume that moving it isn't a big deal to him – Valorum Oct 2 at 23:52
  • Great question. – Ham Sandwich Oct 3 at 2:20
  • I always thought that they missed a bet not using that clip to advertise Hallmark's Voyager ornament. – Emsley Wyatt Oct 3 at 3:03
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    In my headcanon they were inside an ornament in Picard's Nexus fantasy. Seems like a much more obscure place to hide than earth. – John Meacham Oct 3 at 4:56

No, he wouldn't. Should he have put Voyager back on earth, it wouldn't have been Janeways choice to grant / reject Quinn asylum. It would've been up to the federation. And with Picards experiences with Q (de Lancie), they would probably not have been too fond to have a member of the Q continuum in their midst.

"He's devious and amoral and unreliable and irresponsible and… and definitely not to be trusted."

– Jean-Luc Picard, TNG S4E20

And as we know from TNG:Attached (S7E08):

"We still plan to take our petition directly to the Federation Council! They'll listen-!"

"They will also listen to the reports of the Captain of the Enterprise and his First Officer! And I can tell you right now the First Officer's report will go something like this: 'Kesprytt, a deeply troubled world with social, political, and military problems that they have yet to resolve. The Kes, while a friendly and democratic people, are driven by suspicion, deviousness, and paranoia. It is the opinion of this officer that they are not ready for membership.'"

they'll probably ask Picard ,as one of the only ones having had more than one contact with a Q, of his opinion, who's not really fond of Q.

That they are not free of prejudice is shown every time they meet Q. Every time Q appears, Picard is less than thrilled. If humans were so evolved as they think they are, Picard wouldn't hold such a grudge against Q. Au contraire, he made Starfleet aware of the Borg. So, simply being inconvenient and having some jokes at Picards cost was enough to make him unwelcome. That's perfectly normal but also shows that 24th century humans haven't really overcome the flaw of prejudice. And a Q might be more than just a little inconvenient for the federation but a huge risk.

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    Is it the Federation way to judge an entire race based on an individual of that race? – colmde Oct 17 at 10:18
  • @colmde Yes, as they're still human. And it's human nature to be cautious after bad experiences. Or how often do you have to touch something before believing it might hurt you. – Shade Oct 17 at 10:51
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    Can you back this up with any evidence? Also they were an ornament before Q had agreed to an asylum hearing. – Valorum Oct 17 at 11:12
  • @Valorum I hope to have clarified my answer. – Shade Oct 17 at 12:44
  • But it was Q2 not De Lancie wanting asylum. What value does Picard’s opinion have on him? The Kesprytt case is interesting if Q2 wanted membership, not sure how this would apply to asylum. Got me thinking... – Vogon Poet Oct 17 at 13:17

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