Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “The Chute”


It’s The Inevitable Our Heroes Are Trapped In An Alien Prison episode, and it’s not all that and a bag of chips, but the stuff back on Voyager with Janeway trying to track her people down is superb. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch tries not to fall down “The Chute.”

An excerpt:

This one doesn’t really rise above the pack to stand out much. Indeed, it has less oomph than it might, because whatever pathos might be generated by Kim and Paris being forced to be extra-violent and nasty to survive is ruined by the presence of the clamp. This isn’t Kim having to tap into his violent side in order to survive, this is his violent side being forced on him by technology.

As a result, the scenes in the prison lose their bite, because everyone’s mean and nasty and ugly and rotten in this prison, so it doesn’t give us a chance to illuminate Paris or Kim’s character, it just shows them being artificially nastier than before. Yawn.

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