The Squire used a mechanical device for some reason, and Q of TNG is never shown to need one.
While I suppose the mechanical aid is only needed by the young who haven’t fully developed their powers (or understanding of the natural laws of the Universe) yet, it still could be seen as an argument against.
I saw Squire of Gothos a few nights ago on a local station. I hadn’t seen it in a decade. I was amazed at how Q like Trelane was.
There were several aliens in the original series that I wanted to revist in TNG or the other series.
Remember the planet that will soon be invaded by klingons? Kirk goes to warn them and setup defenses. The people refuse to protect themselves. They are appalled by violence. Turns out they are highly advanced and stop the war.
I always wanted to learn more about that race. It’s a shame none of the series revisited them.
That would be the Organians. They aren’t seen directly (except apparently in Enterprise), but the consequences of their actions are far-reaching in later episodes and movies. In “Errand of Mercy”, they enforced the Treaty of Organia between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. It was this treaty that established the Neutral Zone, which came up time and again later. Specifically, in “The Trouble with Tribbles”, the treaty’s provisions regarding development of contested planets and sharing of shore leave facilities formed the setup for the entire plot of the episode.
The Organian Peace Treaty arose from the events of “Errand of Mercy” - the Organians were clearly unknown as being powerful before then, or else both the Federation and Klingons would have avoided them. I assume that they had been contacted and were thought to be a race in stasis as their disguise.
The Neutral Zone was established after the Romulan War, a century before TOS, and had nothing to do with the Organians. There was clearly no neutral zone between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. And good for Gerrold for actually recognizing that previous episodes existed, unlike most of the writers.
Blish’s ST novel described an attempt by the Klingons to get the Organians out of the picture.