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on August 5, 2003
It's a good thing that The Next Generation's Q is in this episode, because he single-handedly saves it from sinking. Which is not to say that it's wonderful, or that it would have been utterly awful without him. It's just that the whole story manages to balance out completely, making this what I would describe as a completely average episode.
In any case, the plot revolves around the omnipotent and all-powerful Q getting dumped by his human girlfriend because she's fed up with him. In my (albeit limited) experience, there are only two kinds of Q episodes, and from the description, you can already see that this is a Goofy Q episode rather than a Q Threatens To Destroy All Of Humankind On An Idle Whim episode. Once the crew realize that Q is on board, they prepare themselves for the worst, and although trouble does arrive, it isn't from the direction they were expecting.
There are too many parts of this episode where Important People spout Important Technobabble. So, it's quite amusing to see Q blatantly taking the mickey out of this Star Trek cliché (in fact, many of Q's jokes are meta-textual; presumably an omnipotent entity would realize that he's just a fictional character on a late twentieth century TV show). The station is put in danger, and there's a race against time to save everyone's life. There's even a countdown at the end, although it isn't terribly exciting. There are some good jokes and sharp dialog in this one, which do make it more interesting than the average Stop The Station From Exploding episode.