Star Trek: Voyager

Season 6 Episode 5

Alice

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 20, 1999 on UPN
7.3
out of 10
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Tom Paris persuades Chakotay to allow him to buy a shuttle from a junkyard. While repairing it, the ship begins to take control of Tom's mind.

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  • Alice

    10
    Alice was a perfect episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this entertaining episode because it had a great story along with great character interaction and development especially for Tom. It was interesting to watch how he changed because of Alice and also how the trader was affected because of her. It was to bad the shuttle didn't quite work out. The space phenomena called a particle fountain was pretty cool. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Paris and Kim are trying to guess Tuvok's age. Tuvok refuses to tell them. Saved by the bell, ship sensors have detected at least 100 ships ahead. When Voyager reaches the ships, they find it is a ship junkyard.moreless

    8.5
    Paris and Kim are trying to guess Tuvok's age. Tuvok refuses to tell them. Saved by the bell, ship sensors have detected at least 100 ships ahead. When Voyager reaches the ships, they find it is a ship junkyard. A salesman named Abaddon wants to make an offer the crew can't refuse. Paris sees something he might like, a ship. Janeway says he can get it. Paris restores the ship. He even gives it a name, Alice. Alice is a user interface ship. It works by directly tapping into the mind of the pilot. Alice has a mean streak. I rate this episode a 8.5.moreless
  • Voyager meets "Christine."

    7.0
    Back in 1983, John Carpenter did a movie called "Christine" based on a Stephen King story.



    In the film, a geeky teenager buys a wreck of a Plymouth. The car's name (from its original owner) is Christine. The teenager begins fixing the car up and the car starts doing all kinds of nasty things including killing people in inventive ways. The teenager's personality changes so that he starts acting like a 1950's thug. He's also becomes more isolated from his parents and peers although he's suddenly now comfortable around women. That is, as long as they don't say anything bad about Christine. Christine locks the teenager's girlfriend in the car while she is choking to death. It's clear that the only "real" woman in his life is Christine. Speculation is that the car is haunted. This Voyager episode tracks a nearly identical plot line. The "car" is a spaceship. The "geeky teenager" is Tom Paris. He names the vehicle "Alice." He arranges to buy the vehicle from a junk dealer. He sets out cleaning it up. His personality starts to change. He neglects his job and his wife. He starts stealing parts from Voyager. It doesn't seem to bother him that Alice has a female personality that is personified in front of him. Alice traps B'Elanna, cutting off her life support thus trying to choke her to death. They go back to the original junk dealer, he tells Janeway the spaceship was haunted and demanded he find a pilot for her. It's a lot of fun watching a futuristic update of the Christine storyline and this episode is very enjoyable for that reason. However, the two stories do eventually diverge. First of all, in "Christine," the teenager meets a tragic end. Naturally, Tom Paris has to survive. Secondly, there's no personification of the "ghost" in "Christine" that's done in the Voyager version. That takes a lot of the "spookiness" out of story. I can't help but wonder if the story might have worked even better if Alice had remained implied rather than personified.moreless
  • Have an affair with a strange ship.

    9.0
    This was a fun an exciting episode of Voyager. I will admit to being pretty hard on this installment of the franchise, but this episode was different. It was necessarily a new plot. I can't promise they've done this before, and I know they didn't do it exactly this way if they did, but the idea of a ship becoming one with a person or a person being drive by an unknown force to do something counterintuitive is definitely not new to Star Trek.



    Alice was an interesting character. Not just an unseen force, but a true seductress. On top of this, her personification gives the personal relevance to the Tom/B'lanna relationship some much appreciated oomph. That's what I think really makes this episode work. The fact that it was a grand adventure, but also involved a personal story in a very intricate way.



    Alice was played very well. John Fleck as Abbadon was wonderful as usual. When I see his name in the credits, I know we're in for a treat. I like the design of the alice vessel.



    Just a really nice episode.moreless
Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

The Doctor

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Captain Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran

Robert Beltran

Commander Chakotay

Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson

Lt. B'Elanna Torres

Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips

Neelix

Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Lt. Commander Tuvok

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Tom explains to Alice why he can't leave Voyager, he has a three-day beard. Later, while in the ship, when Alice convinces him to turn on the neurological interface, he is cleanly shaved. But in the next scene he has his beard back again.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • B'Elanna: I'm not sure how I feel about getting inside Tom's head.
      The Doctor: Maybe you'll be able to explain a few things when you get back.

    • Kim: The Ferengi call it the five stages of acquisition: infatuation, justification, appropriation, obsession, and resale. Seems like you've only got one stage left before he loses interest in that ship... then he's all yours again!
      B'Elanna: Until the next infatuation!

    • Paris: Its a junkyard. Congratulations, Tuvok, you just saved us from a flotilla of hostile trash.

    • Kim: Don't tell me Vulcans are embarrassed about their age.
      Tuvok: On the contrary. We value the wisdom that comes with advancing years.
      Paris: In that case, how wise are you?
      Tuvok: Wise enough to end this inquiry.

    • Kim: This guy's collected more technology than the Borg.
      Seven: And almost all of it is useless.
      Paris: Wait, what's that?
      Seven: Ensign?
      Paris: Grid 49-Alpha. (zooming in on a ship) Oh, she's beautiful.
      Kim: It's just an old rust bucket.
      Paris: What, are you kidding? Look at those lines. It's a work of art. That ship wasn't assembled: it was sculpted. (pauses) I think I'm in love. (Harry and Seven stare at Tom)

    • Paris: From now on, I promise, no more affairs with strange ships.
      B'Elanna: What about the Delta Flyer?
      Paris: We're just friends.

    • The Doctor: (to Tom) You'll need a few days to fully recover. Think you can manage to stay off your feet for that long?
      B'Elanna: If he doesn't, I'll break his legs.
      The Doctor: Well then. I'll leave you to B'Elanna's tender mercies.

    • B'Elanna: I'm not sure how I feel about getting inside Tom's head.
      The Doctor: Maybe you'll be able to explain a few things when you get back.

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