Mr Radioactive wrote:
Perhaps Guinan knew what Q inadvertently provided and that Picard realized at the end, that Star Fleet really did need a 'kick in our complacency' if they were to adapt and handle the challenges that were to come as they continued to reach farther into deep space. Therefore she had to allow Picard & Co to figure out just how bad bad was on their own, so that they would truly understand the threat that now would exist and would be able to relay the urgency to Star Fleet.
Agreed. Although, I think it was Q's intention to teach Picard and the Enterprise a lesson. A very important lesson too. Guinan understood this.
Ah yes. But no matter if Q wanted to teach them a lesson or Guinan thinks they needed a kick in their complacency.
The Borg were on the verge of destroying the Enterprise, and would easily have done so.
So what's the point?
For Picard and the Enterprise, it won't matter because they are all dead. For Starfleet and the Federation, still won't matter because all they would know is the Enterprise went missing, presumed destroyed.
So who is learning what lesson?
What would be the point?
Picard was right. Q couldn't let them be destroyed,
he wouldn't be able to gloat. And it's hard to learn a lesson when you're dead.
So Q must have always been planning to pull their asses out of it at the last minute. Right?
Q was a guide for humanity, and this was finally acknowledged by Picard in All Good Things.... I agree that Q was always planning to pull their asses out of it.