Star Trek.com posted a new interview with Star Trek actor John de Lancie (Q) in which he answered fan questions. Here is an excerpt.
Another one that several people wrote in to ask… Were you surprised that Q didn’t appear in one of the ST:TNG features?
Q was never a villain as far as I was concerned, and the films needed villains. I might have been arrogant and badly flawed and all that, but I never thought of the character as a villain. And I don’t think, after a while, that the writers and producers thought of me as a villain. If they’d used me in one of the films in the way they’d used me in some of the episodes I just mentioned, sure, that would have been great. But I don’t think that’s what they needed.
Given the alternate timeline scenario of the recent Star Trek reboot, there’s no reason why Q couldn’t turn up in a subsequent film. How open to that that would you be, and could you foresee it happening?
I’d be very interested. The only problem is that I, too, am suffering from this mortal thing called aging and there’s a point at which it might not make sense. What might make sense is that you hear my voice, but I just don’t know that it would make sense to have an aging Q. I would have a problem with that as a viewer, and I don’t think I’d be the only one.
Was Trelane one of your people? Was he a Q?
Yes. My feeling, not having known Star Trek in as deep a way as a lot of people did, was that Trelane was a Q. I remember that about three years into my doing Star Trek that somebody said to me, “Oh my God, you’re the son of Trelane.” I didn’t know what he was talking about. So I got a video of Trelane and thought, “Oh, that’s very interesting,” and what made it particularly poignant for me is that I know that Gene (Roddenberry) wanted to start the new series by going right into an episode. The studio insisted that it be a two-hour. When he lost the fight, Gene had to make it a two-hour and it was the second hour that he needed to come up with. If you look at “Encounter at Farpoint” there’s a rather obvious seam that goes through it. There’s the Q story and the other story, which was supposed to be the first episode. I think that Gene probably wrote it quickly and I have a feeling – no one’s ever told me this – that Gene must have looked back upon the successes he had with the original show, one of which was Trelane. I bet you he thought, “Hmm, since I have to whip up the second half of this show…,” and I think that’s how my character got brought in.
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