You matter to me: Saying goodbye to Q and Picard

I don’t write that often about Star Trek although it is my favourite television programme and I’ve watched it since I was about 2 years old.

Last week I watched the last episode of the second series of Picard which features his long time antagonist Q.

Any fans of Star Trek will know what a mischievous so and so Q is but other his appearances he comes more and more fond of Captain Picard and indeed of humanity itself.

Isn’t one life enough? You ask why it matters. It matters to me… you matter to me.

Q to Captain Picard

This years run of episodes sees Q interfere (or perhaps teach a lesson) in Picards life, one last time following a gap of several decades sends him back in time to the treacherous mid 2020’s.

Fans have long known of Captain Picard and his sense of solitude, duty and isolation and much of it apparently comes from an incident in his childhood almost 80 years earlier.

Even Gods have favourites Jean-Luc and you’ve always been one of mine.

Q to Captain Picard

These days it isn’t just Picard who ‘almost’ on his last legs but it seems the immortal Q is himself finally dying and knowing what it is like to spend his lasts days alone, he doesn’t want his foil Picard to do similarly and by freeing Picard from his childhood trauma, he hopes that finally Starfleets finest can end his days in good company.

Picard asks him why is Q doing this, why does all this matter? Q replies that Picard matters to him and with his last gasp of immortal energy returns our heroes to the 25th century but not before realising what it all means, Picard gives Q a goodbye hug ensuring that Q himself does not die unloved and alone.

Farewell mon Capitan; it’s time for me to go.

But not alone.

Q and Picard
Goodbye old friends.

Perhaps it is all a bit soppy, especially for Star Trek but when you have watched characters for 35 years in the case of these two, they are as much a part of life as those one knows in the flesh… more so perhaps if like me you go from one month to the next without having a good chat or a hug or being important or mattering to anyone.

I think it will likely be the most touching scene of the year. I can’t embed the scene here but if you’re interested then you can click on the link below.

Everyone should know that they matter but when you’re on your own you can easily go years without every anyone saying it to you.

I remember watching Captain Picard and Q for the very first time back in 1987. How nice it would be if Q could click his fingers for me so I could go back in time… for a little while at least.

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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3 Responses to You matter to me: Saying goodbye to Q and Picard

  1. I was never a Trekkie, although I know enough about all the versions of Star Trek to follow along any conversation about Star Trek. (I am old enough to remember the original version before syndication!) But I think I might have to find the series featuring Captain Picard. I do so love Patrick Stewart. What a great actor he is.

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    • Yes he is a wonderful actor isn’t he. At least if you watch it all now, you can compress 35 years or more into a few months! There are 10 more episodes of Picard which will be shown sometime in the autumn or spring I would guess. The thing I was surprised at when I met Patrick Stewart one day outside a London theatre is that he is about 5’8″ tall. His acting stature always gives the impression he might be a little taller. Though it doesn’t happen in every episode there are countless where he gets to illustrate what a wonderful actor he is.


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