In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Encounter at Farpoint", Q showed up dressed as a Starfleet officer.

What was his rank?


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Assuming this screenshot is correct:

Q and Picard, Encounter at Farpoint

then going by the pips he's definitely Captain.


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    Kudos for the screenshot I should have thought of that... crowd sourcing is a beautiful thing! Jan 26, 2012 at 16:24
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    Based on Q's subsequent behaviors.. I'm rather surprised he didn't bump himself to Admiral, just to place him 'above' Picard.
    – K-H-W
    Jan 27, 2012 at 16:55
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    Q: I present myself to thee as a fellow ship captain, that thou mayst better understand me. Go back whence thou camest. (to Helmsman) Stay where thou art! (And the helmsman is frozen solid, phaser in hand) PICARD: Data, call medics. TROI: He's frozen. PICARD: He would not have injured you. Do you recognise this, the stun setting? Q: Knowing humans as thou dost, Captain, wouldst thou be captured helpless by them? Now, go back or thou shalt most certainly die.
    – Morgan
    Apr 10, 2013 at 5:00

Going by timestamp 1:22:56 on the Netflix version you can see both Q and Picard standing side-by-side and their ranks are identical. I was going to say captain off the top of my head, but I'm pretty sure that confirms it.

Edit: see Wikis' screen cap for the actual frame.

  • Would he be senior to Picard? :) Jan 26, 2012 at 16:02
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    @DVK He was certainly older.
    – Xantec
    Jan 26, 2012 at 16:20
  • @Xantec: And, given that he can time travel, I'm sure he wore a Starfleet uniform before Picard was even born (or could have done so, if needed)
    – Jeff
    Jan 26, 2012 at 16:35
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    I thought a captain of a starship outranked other captains on the same ship. Jan 26, 2012 at 21:12
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    The whole thing is a parody anyway, Q wasn't really a captain of anything as Picard mentions in the line "...if you had really earned that uniform..." Jan 27, 2012 at 5:02

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