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Ensign Spock's first day aboard the USS Enterprise doesn't go as planned when he and Number One are unexpectedly stuck together in a turbolift.
Summary EditIn 2254, Ensign Spock, a Vulcan, boards the USS Enterprise. After beaming aboard using a transporter, he meets Una, the ship's human first officer, and announce that he is reporting for duty. She will remind him that there is no need to yell. The two will board a turbolift (elevator) and Spock will ask her for "the three most salient facts about Captain Pike", referring to Christopher Pike, the captain of the ship, and she will tell him about his diplomatic skills and that he is "utterly unsentimental except when it comes to horses." The turbolift will eventually malfunction and they will be trapped inside. With nothing to do, Spock will annoy her with questions such as "Has it ever occured to you that the Prime Directive is not only not ethical but also illogical?" and "Do you like eggplant?" Eventually, the two will discover their similarities and bond over them before being rescued by Amin.
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Memorable quotes Edit
"Sir, Ensign Spock, S 179-276 SP, reporting for duty."
- - Spock to Una, after being transported to the Enterprise
"What are the three most salient facts about Captain Pike?"
"One, his capacity for hearing out another point of view is exceeded only by his willingness to change his own once he's heard you out. Two, even though he is the most heavily decorated fighting captain in Starfleet, he views resorting to force as an admission of failure. And three... he is utterly unsentimental except when it comes to horses."
- - Spock and Una, on Captain Pike
Background information Edit
- This episode was released on Saturday, 5 October 2019, in conjunction with a Star Trek panel at the New York Comic-Con.
- This is the first episode or film in the Star Trek franchise to premiere on a Saturday since Star Trek: The Animated Series' "The Counter-Clock Incident", 45 years earlier.
- This is the first Star Trek episode or film to debut without the premiere date having been announced ahead of time.
- During the writing of this episode, Alex Kurtzman texted Rebecca Romijn and asked her whether she had any special skills. She replied that she played badminton, was good with foreign languages, and sang Gilbert and Sullivan. Because of the last, the writers decided that Una's "freaky" would be a fondness for Gilbert and Sullivan, and wrote the scene in which she sings "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General". (Inside Short Treks: How Rebecca Romijn Helped Sneak Gilbert and Sullivan into Star Trek at CBS All Access)
- This episode appears to have initially been called "Chaos Theory". That title was announced in an Instagram post by director Mark Pellington in late May 2019. Another post by Pellington contained images of the director with actors Rebecca Romijn and Ethan Peck, and the hashtag #Chabon, suggesting the episode was written by Michael Chabon.  The title "Q&A" was first mentioned in passing in the press release announcing that Michael Chabon had been named the showrunner for Star Trek: Picard.  On 20 July 2019, Alex Kurtzman confirmed that there would be six episodes in the second season of Short Treks. The same day, a trailer for the season was released, including six episode titles; "Chaos Theory" was not among those names.  This episode was written by Michael Chabon and was mainly focused on Una and Spock, the characters played by Romijn and Peck, respectively, leading to the idea that "Q&A" is likely a new name for what had previously been referred to as "Chaos Theory".
- The episode is dedicated in memory of Dr. Robert Chabon.
Cast and characters Edit
- Samora Smallwood (Amin) first appeared in the DIS Season 2 episodes, "Such Sweet Sorrow" and "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2". The Enterprise War had established that Amin had joined the Enterprise crew at some point before the events of the book in 2256, which is consistent with her being aboard in this episode which is set in 2254.
- In this episode, Jenette Goldstein took over as the Enterprise's computer. The role was held by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry from 1966 until her death in 2008. Goldstein previously portrayed the science officer aboard the USS Enterprise-B in Star Trek Generations.
Music and sound Edit
- Michael Giacchino served as a supervising composer on this episode, and some themes reminiscent of the alternate reality films can be heard in the short.
- Israeli/Dutch composer Nami Melumad composed music for this episode, including the end titles cue. This is the first episode in the franchise to be scored by a female composer. 
- This episode takes place before the events of "The Cage".
- Spock's observation that Una has "made a most careful study" of Capt. Pike, and Number One's subsequent reaction to that comment, foreshadow the revelation in "The Cage" that she is attracted to Pike.
- After beaming aboard, Spock stated his serial number "S 179-276 SP", which was also stated in "Court Martial".
- There are a number of similarities between this episode and the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Disaster". In addition to having characters stuck in a turbolift and having to exit through the turboshaft, both episodes feature a character singing "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General", then being embarrassed by it.(citation needed • edit)
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