How Powerful Are The Q / Continuum?

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  1. Harbinger

    Harbinger Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    I realize Q and The Continuum as a whole are god-like beings capable of a great deal of power but going by canon material, approximately how powerful can we say Q and his people are? Can they create, destroy and move galaxies for example? I've always figured they have near unlimited capabilities.
     
  2. bbjegglebells

    bbjegglebells Admiral Admiral

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    They are omnipotent and could probably move galaxies but in doing so, it would have drastic repercussions, for the galaxy and the galaxies around it. They're not destructive.
     
  3. Melakon

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    Since they consider changing the gravitational constant of the universe to be simple, they can likely do anything they darn well please.
     
  4. R. Star

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    But they're not omnipotent. Quinn said so.
     
  5. Harbinger

    Harbinger Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Exactly.

    Which is why I don't believe they can do anything and that they're limited. I've always been of the opinion that perhaps they're not completely honest in what they can do. Maybe some of it is illusion or some 'trick'. They're definitely not unstoppable as we saw in the Voyager episode.
     
  6. Nightdiamond

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    Quinn hinted to Tuvok that the Q may use some type of really advanced technology to do what they do.

    That suggests some type of limitation.

    However, as far I've seen, they can make doubles of themselves, stop time, shrink any object, explore alternate realities at will-- as far as this universe is concerned, that makes them omnipotent-they can do just about anything.
     
  7. NeedleOfInquiry

    NeedleOfInquiry Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    But, wasn't this the same Quinn who wanted to end his own life, and risk throwing the Universe into chaos? Quinn had a clear agenda when he spoke with Tuvok. Quinn wanted to convince Tuvok, and Janeway, that his death wouldn't be that big of a deal.

    He was proven wrong.

    So, I'd think twice before taking him at his word.
     
  8. Takeru

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    The federation can create doubles using the transporter, it happened accidentally so far but that can change, we also saw them shrinking a runabout by flying through a nebula, so the Q recreating something that happens naturally in the Star Trek universe isn't that impressive. Other things like time travel, alternate realities etc. could be illusions, Q claimed that it's all real but we only have his word.

    Many things Q does are things the federation can do, only on a larger scale and without the use of obvious technology. Maybe super advanced Q technology is constantly scanning the galaxy and doing whatever a Q wants, instead of walking to the replicator, saying "Tea, Earl Grey, hot!" and carrying the cup back to your desk all a Q does is thinking, snapping his finger and the tea comes to him.

    The Q claim they can do everything but is what we saw really that exceptional? The traveller sped up the Enterprise and it ended up god knows where, Q never even made them leave the galaxy. The Q blew up stars but so did Soran, the Q can "beam" and "replicate" but so can everyone else except the Kazon.

    Q claimed that changing the gravitational constant of the universe is easy but we never saw him do anything on a universal scale, maybe he was just boasting. "I can fly, you can't but I conveniently lost my powers, so let's find another way to get the cat out of the tree".
     
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  9. MNM

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    And like you say, that happens by accident and a process they dont particularly undertsand. Q can click his fingers and create 1 million yous. He doesnt even have to actually click his fingers to do so either thats just a vusual aid.
     
  10. grendelsbayne

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    But it does happen by means of technology, which means it's not at all inconceivable to think that Q's proven abilities could be what you get when a species actually understands perfectly how that technology works and has developed a way to control it by thinking (which is also very clearly possible).
     
  11. Ronald Held

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    They can do anything that they can conceive of, which speaks for itself.
     
  12. Harbinger

    Harbinger Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    I would trust Quinn's word over Q's. Q has always proven to be a trickster. He's the Loki of the Star Trek universe. Quinn may or may not have been wrong about throwing the universe into chaos. We saw some supernovas happen but nothing on an actual complete universal scale and everything was fixed in an episode.

    I'm still not entirely convinced by Q. I'm not saying he and Continuum are not powerful. I mean, even Quinn never says otherwise in regards to that. I just don't fully believe he's as powerful as he claims. Quinn even states that the Q used to be like humans and they just evolved to a point or use super advanced technology that goes beyond human understanding. I would be more inclined to think the being at the center of the galaxy that was imprisoned on that planet may be more of a threat in the end.
     
  13. T'Girl

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    Q was unaware than Sisko was going to bitch slap him to the floor.

    Not omnipotent.


    :)
     
  14. grendelsbayne

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    That's omniscience...
     
  15. NeedleOfInquiry

    NeedleOfInquiry Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    The Sisko-Fist remains the Federation's best defense against demigods. ;)


    I think there are three explanations for why Sisko was able to touch Q:

    1. The most obvious reason, is that Q mearly played it up for drama, and was uninjured.

    2. Q is more vulnerable in his humanoid form.

    3. My personal favorite reason, is that Sisko's half Prophet heritage makes him effective against the Q.
     
  16. R. Star

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    Sisko never had any problems with Q after that knockdown. ;)
     
  17. Nine of Four

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    When they make a new Trek series, a two-part episode that explores the Continuums limitations, maybe even finds the source of their power, would be awesome.
     
  18. GENERAL_DS

    GENERAL_DS Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    Still not sure......
    ''It would take the mystery away, just like they did with the borg.''

    This is what other people probably will say ;) But i don't care, i even loved the Borg episodes on VOY.

    Didnt Q say that humanity might be even more powerfull then the Q in the future? That would imply that the Q are not omnipotent, since humans (And most likely technology) can surpass the Q in one way or another.
     
  19. TheGoodStuff

    TheGoodStuff Commander Red Shirt

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    To be honest, I think the Q are the masters of Bravado. It seems to be, that the franchise lightly hints at this too.

    1. We know a Q dies, on Earth, due to a tornado. [I hope im recalling correctly, havent seen that episode for a while]

    2. Q is shown to be 'stripped of his powers'.

    3. There is a civil war in which Q die.

    4. Q seems intimidated by Guinan, and she seems poised to defend herself. A ridiculous notion if it were a true 'god' however she seems serious enough. He even calls her an 'imp'....which implies some sort of impish behaviour against the continuum.



    I have always suspected the Q exaggerate their power to portray an aura of invincibility to the less developed races [who have insufficient resources to prove otherwise]. No doubt they are vastly powerful....but not omnipotent. The mere word makes no sense.
     
  20. Nine of Four

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    ^ Exactly. The Q are, mostly, arrogant assholes who want to seem all-powerful, so it makes sense that they would fake their own abilities.