Story: The Chute
Written By: Clayvon C. Harris & Kenneth Biller
Series: Star Trek: Voyager
This one is okay I guess, but it has some flaws that were bothering me throughout. Kim and Paris are in a prison, with some kind of neural implant in all the prisoners driving everyone insane. So basically it is a “how do we break out of jail” plot. Kim is devising a way out, while Paris is slowly driven completely mad by the implant. They befriend an inmate who despite agreeing to help them and continually spouting off information about the implant that sound really reasonable…Kim continues to brush him off as nothing but insane. It makes no sense…maybe this is Kim’s reaction to the implant, but it seems like everytime that guy says something that makes sense, Kim gets annoyed and acts like he is saying complete nonsense and gibberish.
In some second season episodes it was a running theme that the ship had garnered a reputation for being violent and cruel and going around picking fights. I think the reputation is warranted, despite Janeway’s brushing it off as some Kazon rumor. Seriously I think they should have been forced to compromise a bit more, and even though members of the Maquis have suggested it in the past, Janeway has always refused to go along with it. I just think that introducing the Maquis in DS9 and TNG specifically for this show that they should have been utilized more…FORCE that bitch to take some of their ideas once in a while. It is ridiculous that she is so stubborn and uncompromising and yet this ship acts like they’d follow her anywhere. I don’t buy it for a second.
NEXT TIME: Zimmerman