Favorite Movie Quote #2*
Q: Truthfully, Jean-Luc. I have been entirely preoccupied by a most frightening experience of my own. A couple of hours ago, I started realizing this body was no longer functioning properly… I felt weak, the life oozing out of me… I could no longer stand… and then I lost consciousness!
PICARD: You fell asleep.
Q: It’s terrifying! How can you stand it day after day?
PICARD: One gets used to it.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m currently working my way through Star Trek: The Next Generation on Netflix. The above exchange come from the 13th episode of Season 3, “Déjà Q.”
Q has been stripped of his powers by the Continuum, and requested to be sent to the Enterprise, knowing full well Captain Picard would feel obligated to protect him, even though Q has done nothing but cause the Enterprise grief time and time again. Sure enough, some races that Q has wronged in the past come looking for him, and Captain Picard protects him and Q learns a valuable lesson and is reinstated into the Continuum.
But before all that, Q is adjusting to life as a human being. He doesn’t like it. It’s not just the lack of his powers, it’s the whole business of being human that he objects to, and his reaction to humanity’s many “faults” is amusing. His unfamiliarity with sleep, though, amuses me to no end.
Sleep is such an odd thing! Several hours where you have no idea what’s going on, and we all do it and act like it’s not weird. It totally is!
Anyway, I love Q’s summation of it, so I wanted to share it with you.
*Technically it’s a TV quote, but that breaks the categories, so nertz.