The Q and the Grey
Episode 11 of 26 within Season Three. Item 52 of 171 overall.
Production number 40840-153.
Shawn Piller - Story
Kenneth Biller - Teleplay
Cliff Bole - Director
636 votes

Stardate: 50384.2--The crew of Voyager watches a once in a lifetime event of a supernova. With the conclusion of the explosion, a tired Janeway returns to her quarters to find Q waiting for her with a request to have a child with him. Janeway refuses, but Q will not go away. Fortunately, the matter of a Q-human child is put on hold when Q's significant other arrives on the scene.

Elsewhere, several more supernovae are witnessed. Unfortunately, the crew learns this is all related to a schism in the Continuum caused by the suicide of Q in " Death Wish", and the desire by some Q for individual freedoms.Now, the crew becomes ensnared in the Continuum's civil war.

original airdate--November 27,1996       rating--4.7 million

network--UPN                Alien Races: Q      

music--theme by Jerry Goldsmith


Goof: Q tells Janeway that no pair of Q had ever mated and/or procreated. However the TNG episode "True Q" is the story of a pair of Q who had settled on Earth as humans and produced a child, Amanda Rodgers.

Trivia: Voyager's crew are only the third Federation starship crew to witness a supernova.

  • 47-reference: Kim reports another supernova at 2-1-7 mark 4-7.
  • When Janeway and Q are condemned to be executed, the camera performs a quick zoom on each of their faces reminiscent of many old Western movies.
  • The title uses the American Civil War theme and plays upon the color of the North and South's uniforms, Blue and Grey. The title is also a reference to the Civil War poem "The Blue and the Gray" by Francis Miles Finch (1827-1907) and several television programs and movies with the same title.


"Unhappy with a new treaty, Federation colonists along the Cardassian border have banded together. Calling themselves 'The Maquis' they continue to fight the Cardassians.Some consider them heroes, but to the governments of the Federation and Cardassia, they are outlaws."

related items

Previous episode :
051 Warlord
Next episode :
053 Macrocosm
Related to this story :
033 Death Wish
  Star Trek: Voyager, Season Two
164 Q2
  Star Trek: Voyager, Season Seven

regional titles

The Q and the Grey
Enigme et Qonnaissance
Die Q-Krise
Questioni di Q-ore
Los Q Y La Vejez