Why didn't Q bring back to life the 18 crew people killed by the borg

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by WildManWizard, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. NewHeavensNewEarth

    NewHeavensNewEarth Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    A question for theologians. ;)
     
  2. lazarus+

    lazarus+ Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    I understand that point of view. Seems very similar to the trolley problem to me.

    Q decided in this scenario to kill the 17 and save the rest of the federation...

    Is one way of looking at it, anyways.
     
  3. DonIago

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    OTOH, if Q's intervention was what sparked the interest of the Borg, and without it the Borg would have faced an Uberpowerful Federation 300 years later and lost badly...
     
  4. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Q didn't kill anyone. The Borg did.

    Unlikely. The conflict with the Borg didn't restrict the technological development of the Federation; if anything, it enhanced it (just look at the Defiant, for starters).
     
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  5. JesterFace

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    Do I remember correctly, the Borg had already been near the Neutral Zone during season 1 of TNG?
    So, if the Borg already knew of the Federation, maybe events of 'Q Who' were a warning by the Q to the Federation about this threat. 'Q Who' could be viewed as help from the Q, a warning of what's to come, like Picard said in the end of 'Q Who'.
     
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  6. DonIago

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    One interpretation could be that the Borg did their recon near the NZ and concluded that the Federation wasn't of much interest. Then the E-D pops into their space, and just as inexplicably pops out, and now they're of interest because apparently they're much more advanced than previously thought.

    Heck, it could even be that the Borg assimilated Picard because nothing the Borg gleaned from their scans of the E-D's computers (when the Borg infiltrated Engineering) even hinted that Our Heroes had that kind of tech, so it must be a closely-guarded secret indeed.

    ...I think I've been hanging out with Timo too much...
     
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    Well, what if those 17 particular crewpeople weren't real and were images created by Q since he first popped up by Farpoint, slowly adding them and their records to the system, so that when the Borg took that section there was no one there at all....
     
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  8. DonIago

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    We could just assume that everything since "Fairpoint" has been a Q-llucination. Yar wasn't actually killed, but she annoyed Q and her Death by Oil Slick was just her being put in the penalty box. Q finally lets them resume their lives at the end of "All Good Things", since Q himself said the trial had been ongoing. :p
     
  9. NewHeavensNewEarth

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    Clearly Q is the user/creator who sometimes enters the game he created. Tron, anyone? ;)
     
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  10. JesterFace

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    Few of the latest posts here just confirm my fan theory, the entire TNG is a trial by Q, examining how humans would react in certain circumstances.

    In 'All Good Things...' Q did say; "Seven years ago we said we would be watching you and we have been". (that quote may not be exactly word for word but you get the idea)
     
  11. lazarus+

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    Do you know what the Trolley Problem is?

    Of course he didn't fire the phaser, snap his fingers or space them into vacuum. But when you do the thing that directly causes the other thing...

    How are you not in any way responsible? Come on.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_problem
     
  12. Mr. Laser Beam

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    I know about it, yes. I just don't particularly care. :shrug:
     
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    lazarus+ Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    And you just stand by your statement, that somehow a person that caused people to be in a situation where they died did not carry any responsibility?

    None? :barf:
     
  14. Mr. Laser Beam

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    No, in fact, I *don't* hold Q responsible for those deaths. Like I said, Q did the Federation a HUGE favor by sending the Enterprise to face the Borg. They owe him big time.

    Yes, it's sad that 18 people died, but they knew the risks when they joined Starfleet.
     
  15. lazarus+

    lazarus+ Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    :borg:

    Well, you've taken your position on the matter. I think it's illogical and indefensible, but it seems like you won't even explore it. You decided.