Yes and no on the first statement. I will freely admit that this is sort of a "sci-fi"-wank of sorts, but done in a way I think is generally plausible, or at least appears it. That being said, "The Things That Matter" is by no means a filler story. It's not as important to the season arc as many of the others, but I'm generally trying to make everything count. Of course, some filler is needed here and there to break up the larger arcs. Hell, "Take Me Out To the Holosuite" and "Badda-Bing Badda-Bang" are both filler, and I love both of those stories.Even better alternate history versions of shows still needs filler episodes from time to time I guess
Oddies? Oddities? STO's?
Little sad that you didn't change Death Wish's name to fall back in line with the theme naming of Q episodes.
I'll keep those names in mind. I like Oddies. It's got that shortness to it like Niners. I was desperately trying to relate the nickname to the Odyssey of classical literature, to no avail.
Death Wish was, I think, a good title for the story, especially as the Q we know well is not the focus of the story, as he could easily be replaced by another Q with relatively little change. This won't be the last we see of Q, but their appearances will be different to Voyager's.