Re: "Hide and Q" is still an amazing episode!!
TNG had already been renewed for a second-season by the time this episode aired.
Considering the ratings, I'm not surprised. There were, however, many changes made behind the scenes on the way to the second season.
“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP” — Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)