My orders are to examine Farpoint, a starbase built there by the inhabitants of that world.
Meanwhile I'm becoming better acquainted with my new command – this Galaxy-class USS Enterprise.
Then, conn officer Lieutenant Torres reports that there is something strange on his detector circuit.A large field begins to appear in front of the Enterprise, which reads as solid.Picard, who gets many suggestions from his senior staff, orders that no stations on the ship will make audio transmissions, only print-out, in an attempt to catch Q off guard, with Picard noting, "Let's see what this Galaxy-class starship can do." Picard orders Worf to head down to engineering and have them prepare for maximum acceleration.Picard also asks Data if it is possible to perform a saucer separation at a high warp velocity.All it takes are a few good men." Picard tells Q that that kind of nonsense is centuries behind them.
Q brings up that Picard cannot deny that Humans are a dangerous, savage child race, which Picard denies, saying that Humans have made rapid progress in only a few centuries.I'm still somewhat in awe of its size and complexity.As for my crew, we are short in several key positions, most notably a first officer, but I'm informed that a highly experienced man, one Commander William Riker, will be waiting to join the ship at our Deneb IV destination." The year is 2364.The object is at high warp speed, at warp 9.6, and the Enterprise increases speed accordingly. Data notes that the Enterprise may be able to match the object's 9.8 warp, but at extreme risk.However, the object reaches warp 9.9 while the Enterprise is only at warp 9.5.Picard wonders how Data, a complex android with encyclopedic knowledge does not know the meaning of a basic word like "snoop".