Sunday, October 9, 2011
TNG Poster: Deja Q by Justin Zyduck
As a kid, the Q episodes were always my favorite, so when this week's assignment came down, I immediately knew I wanted to do one of those. I thought I'd approach this episode with sort of a Farrelly Brothers-type poster; re-imagining the episode as a sort of high-concept '90s comedy. Indeed, Q episodes were frequently very funny, owing in part to de Lancie and Stewart's work as an unlikely comedy duo. The show's writers and producers seemed to be aware of this as well; most Next Generation episodes carry fairly respectable sci-fi titles, but one gets the sense that whenever it was time to do a Q episode, Gene Roddenberry would burst into the writer's room and go, "All right, men, it's wordplay time." And then they'd go around the room: "What about 'Q or False'?" "Or maybe 'Red, White, and Q'." "'Q-Cumber Salad'?" "'Q Live Crew'!"
Sadly, though, because of my struggles to capture recognizable likenesses, the part of Q will be played tonight not by de Lancie, but rather by some sort of genetic mixture of Ed Sullivan and Richard Nixon. Oh well.