John de Lancie is a Star Trek icon for his portrayal of Q
John Sherwood De Lancie was borne in Philadelphia, on March 20, 1948, being one of two youngsters borne to John De Lancie SR and his spouse Andrea. Throughout the course of his prolific profession, De Lancie’s skills have been featured on quite a few TV reveals, a number of motion pictures and he has even lent his deep resonant voice to a quantity of voice roles in animation and video video games.
De Lancie is a particularly proficient actor and a rare man, however I don’t assume anybody would disagree (together with De Lancie himself) that he’s most well-known for his function in Star Trek, taking part in one of the sequence most iconic “villains” identified solely by the letter Q.
De Lancie was as soon as quoted as saying;
My recognition may be very disproportionate to the quantity of occasions that I truly was on the present. … It’s a double-edged sword. I by no means partook of the monetary rewards of the present in phrases of being a daily, I simply got here on and annually would do a present.
De Lancie carries the consideration of being one of the few characters to look in a number of sequence of the Trek franchise, with eight episodes of the Next Generation, one episode of Deep Space Nine, three episodes of Voyager, and one episode of Lower Decks.
Sense then, he has reprised his function within the at present ongoing sequence of Star Trek Picard, however he has lately introduced that he won’t be in season 3.
John de Lancie’s Q stays a well-liked Star Trek staple
The character of Q represents one of the splendidly gray areas that Trek tackles so readily, for it will not be fully correct to confer with him as a “villain” within the conventional sense, in truth, regardless of his mischievous persona and obnoxious acerbic angle, or maybe even as a result of of it, Q very nicely is perhaps one of Trek’s anti-heroes.
Picard: “Either leave or finish us.”
Q: “Temper, temper, mon capitaine; I’m merely trying to assist a pitiful species.”
From Encounter at Farpoint.
Throughout the course of TNG, Q would seem to the crew of the enterprise, and most occasions, regardless of his wreaking of havoc for the Enterprise and its crew, most of the time his motivations for doing so had been to show some sort of useful lesson to the crew, even when he pushed them to the sting of madness extra then as soon as by doing so.
At one level, he was stripped of his god-like powers by the Q Continuum, he briefly turned a member of the Enterprise crew, solely to sacrifice himself to an alien race in an effort to save the Enterprise.
Due to the selfless nature of this sacrifice, the Q Continuum introduced him again to life and restored his powers.
Q would return to the Enterprise to show Picard a useful lesson about love, utilizing the legend of Robin Hood for instance his level and taking part in the function of the Sherriff of Naughtingham.
After this lesson had concluded, Q discovered himself interested by Picard’s love curiosity Vash. Q provided to take her on a journey to varied archaeological ruins of the galaxy and she or he accepted, nevertheless, to repay a debt he owed to Picard, Q promised that Vash would come to no hurt.
Q has taken others below his tutelage and acted as a mentor within the case of the younger lady Amanda Rodgers, who was working in sick bay aboard the Enterprise. While she was at first hostile to studying from Q as a result of his petulant and abrasive angle, he lastly persuaded her to go along with him to the Q Continuum in an effort to discover ways to correctly use and handle her Q-like powers.
When Picard discovered himself critically injured throughout an alien ambush, Q would seem to him as God, telling Picard he died as a result of of his synthetic coronary heart, providing him the chance to journey again in time to the incident in his youth that resulted in his receiving a synthetic coronary heart, permitting Picard to vary his destiny. Along the best way, Picard would study a lot about himself, not solely as a youth, however because the profitable and achieved Star Fleet captain he had grow to be, and was grateful to Q for this revelation.
Q would make a number of appearances in Voyager as nicely, one of essentially the most memorable, as a dad or mum to his son Q JR.
Captain Katherine Janeway would help Q in fixing his personal points, and to thank her for her help, Q supplied Janeway with a map by way of the delta quadrant that shaved 3 years off Voyager’s journey residence.
When Janeway requested Q why he didn’t simply use his god-like powers to move all of them the best way residence, Q acknowledged that it will set a nasty instance for his son if he did all of the work for them, thus proving his fatherly nature in the direction of his little one.
One of the attributes of Q, and certainly what makes him one of essentially the most attention-grabbing Trek characters (to not point out one of this Trekky’s private favorites) is that regardless of his “villain” like methods, he’s not a mustache twirling villain, bent on chaos, energy and world domination.
Don’t get me flawed, Q is a giant fan of chaos and energy, however one way or the other, in his personal Q-like trend, he one way or the other makes it work for the nice of these round him.
Throughout the years, Q has supplied us with thrilling tales, pleasure, and intrigue, moments of pure comedy, and provided up some of essentially the most profound questions relating to the very nature of humanity and what it means to be human.
It is past query, that Q will go down in Trek lore as one of its most memorable characters, and that is in no small because of how fully brilliantly he has been portrayed by John De Lancie during the last 35 years.
I dedicate this piece to the unimaginable expertise and prowess of John De Lancie, whom true Trekkies will all the time confer with as “Q” and need him a really joyful 74th birthday.
Happy birthday, mon Capitaine.