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Aiming to get out of Jean-Luc's debt, Q forces Capt. Picard and his officers to live out the Legend of Robin Hood - with a past acquaintance as Maid Marian.


Cliff Bole


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ira Steven Behr (teleplay by) | 6 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Jennifer Hetrick ... Vash
Clive Revill ... Sir Guy of Gisbourne
John de Lancie ... Q
Joi Staton Joi Staton ... Servant


As the Enterprise visits Tegus 3 to host the Federation Archaeology Council's annual symposium (where Picard is to give the key-note lecture on the planet's enigmatic ruins, now forbidden to outsiders), Picard receives two surprise visits. His first, Vash, a flirtatious treasure hunter now on the council, who is displeased to learn he never mentioned her to any crew-member. His second (getting the coldest welcome), the almost almighty Q, who ridicules Picard's speech and decides to 'repay' saving his life and Continuum membership by transforming Picard and his officers into Robin Hood and his merry men. The challenge: to save the maid Marian (Vash) from her execution ordered for the next morning by Sir Guy of Gisbourne, with Q looking on as the high sheriff. Picard ventures her rescue from Nottingham castle, but soon finds his modern maid is no passive damsel in distress, even taking to the game far better than he. Written by KGF Vissers/revised by statmanjeff

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20 April 1991 (USA) See more »

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Producers also considered a Camelot themed story for the episode. (Patrick Stewart had earlier appeared in the 1981 Camelot themed movie Excalibur (1981)). The Robin Hood angle was ultimately selected largely due to the buzz over the pending release of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). In addition, Ira Steven Behr was a fan of Robin Hood, and particularly of the Errol Flynn version The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). See more »


When Picard steps off the table into Vash's room the laces on his right sleeve are untied and hanging down. A few seconds later they are tied up in a bow knot. See more »


Q: Jean-Luc, it's wonderful to see you again. How about a big hug?
[he puts his feet up on Picards desk]
Q: Well, don't just stand there, say something.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Get out of my chair!
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References National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Utterly ridiculous.
20 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Qpid" is a silly episode--one which is inconsequential and harmless. I am not saying it's bad--it's just that it's one that is easy to skip and that you cannot take very seriously.

The episode begins with some sort of archaeological conference about to begin on the Enterprise. Picard's love interest (or as close as you'll find to one) Vash appears unexpectedly for the conference. Considering she's an amoral thief, it is very odd (and makes no sense) that Picard allows her unrestricted access to the ship. In the midst of this little reunion, Q appears and demands that Picard allow him to repay his debt from the last episode. Of course, the fun-hating Picard refuses strongly, so Q decides to do something for him anyways, transporting Picard and the series regulars into an adventure that looks like it's straight from the holodeck--involving Picard playing Robin Hood. On hand as Maid Marion is Vash and the whole thing is amazingly silly, though it seems Q set all this up in order to give Picard a chance to impress his girl.

There are some funny and wonderful moments--such as when Troi is trying out a bow and arrow as well as the way Vash and Q hit is off together. But, it's also a completely contrived and rather dumb show. So, it's fun and enjoyable but also pretty lame at the same time!.

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