Hey Kes. I hope you allow Neelix to get into the kitchen on Tesseract. And PLEASE have him annoy the hells outta the Admiral. Icheb was a little bit of a stick in the mud where q was concerned. But now Icheb has some years in the fleet under his belt. For years, he walked under the arch at Starfleet Academy with the words of Kirk (the subject of his school report when q was on board Voyager): "Risk is our business." Icheb is young, but I think it was interesting that Beckley mused on the measure of an officer being how he or she responds to pressure. We know from his time on Voyager that he responds with selflessness and laser like focus when his crew mates are in danger--he resolved to risk himself for Seven in the blink of an eye. And he's obviously got the stuff for his superiors at Command to promote him. It would be cool to have q show up and be at least marginally respectful of Icheb. Maybe the Admiral will be impressed that the young 1st officer has pull with the omnipotent. Imagine if the Qs show up and Beckley pulls a warding move like Guinan did when she faced off with Q on Enterprise-D. El-Aurians have never exhibited any paranormal abilities aside from long lifespans and an ineffable though enduring sense of place in the time/space continuum. (Certainly someone like Soran, Mr. "Time is the Fire in which we burn," would have used everything he had against Kirk and Picard on Veridian III.) So it seems as if Q suggested that Guinan had some sort of defense against him--perhaps it's a matter of Will Power, that unshakable sense of her time/place. The Admiral does give the impression that he has Will Power to spare. One last thing, unrelated to the meat of the conversation(s) so far... Are there any nonhumanoid species on Tesseract? The crew seems a little humanoid centric. Sont mistake me, though, I am loving Tesseract!