Star Trek: Voyager

Season 3 Episode 3

The Chute

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 18, 1996 on UPN
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Stardate: 50156.2
Paris and Kim are sent to an Akritian prison after being accused of a terrorist bombing, where they are thrown in among hardened killers. When the crew of Voyager finds out that Paris and Kim have already been tried, convicted and sentenced, they set off in search of the true perpetrators of the crime.


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  • The Chute

    The Chute was a superb episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode as we start off with Ensign Kim being thrown into a violent prison via a chute and luckily he runs into Lt. Paris who fights for him. It was neat to watch Kim and Paris interact in their new environment. Meanwhile Captain Janeway and the rest of the crew capture the real law breakers and try to find a way to trade them for Kim and Paris. This episode had some great character development and a pretty good story. I look forward to watching the next episode of Star Trek: Voyager!!!!!!!moreless
  • A great journey to the depths of desperation of Tom and Harry, who have been put to a brutal prison without laws for a crime they didn't commit.

    A brutal prison with no laws, no guards, no medical assistance whatsoever, where the prisoners kill each other for food - well, if you dare to call some kind of edible bricks food, that is. Not a place where you would like to end up.

    Voyager finds out that Tom and Harry have been accused of a terrorist attack and have been put to prison. Dimploacy failed and even though they managed to find the real culprit, there was no way of getting their friends back without a fight.

    In the mean time, Tom and Harry went trough hell down in the prison. A little piece of electronic on every prisoners' head enlarged their aggresive behaviour and thinking clearly was harder and harder for both of them. Tom got hurt in a fight and they would both probably die by the hands of the others, but luckily there was someone who helped them. A man who learned to partially control the influence of the "clamp", as they called the bug on their heads. In a way, he seemed like some sort of a self proclaimed messiah - there even was a scene, not sure if that was intentional, in which looked like he had a red halo above his head. Easter egg? Maybe just accident. Anyway, he helps them survive long enough for Voyager to break into the prison and take them home. The experience had a great impact on Harry, though, as he was really out of control back there and almost killed Tom with a pipe.

    A great episode, with some superb moments - like when Harry thought he can escape, but discovered the prison isn't underground, but that the prison is in fact a space station and there is no way to leave.

    By the way, anyone has the same feeling as me that Stargate successfully replicated (pun intended) this episode? It was called Prisoners. Everything was there - secluded prison with no way out, aggressive prisoners, one philosopher who managed to get everyone's respect and can protect them, even the chute itself! :)moreless
  • Decent. Surprisingly violent for a Voyager episode.

    When one of the prisoners' throats got slit on camera, I knew this was going to be different from the average Voyager episode. The writers did a nice job conveying the desperation of Harry and Tom's situation. The two of them also sold the experience well. One complaint - how long does it take to die from a stab to the chest, like a year ? While I have a general disdain for filler-type episodes, this is a pretty good one and quite far from the usual moral lesson agenda of Voyager. It's dirty, gritty, and a nice change of pace.moreless
  • This episode is Pretty Good.

    This episode is Pretty Good! Tom Paris and Harry Kim are in jail for being accused of a bombing that happened on a homeworld. When Janeway and the crew find out about what happened to Lt. Paris and Ensign Kim, they find the real bombers and then, using Mr. Neelix's shuttle, they get Mr. Paris and Kim and they tell the people the real bomber. At first I really didn't like this episode and gave it a bad rating, but after watching over-and-over again, I have to say that I was wrong. This episode was great.

    8.7 for a very exciting Voyager episode!moreless
  • Paris and Kim are falsely accused while they were on shore leave on Akritiri. Paris and Kim are sent to prison. Paris is already serving his time, when Kim arrives via along metal chute. He meets up with Paris. Paris punches Kim in the stomach.moreless

    Paris and Kim are falsely accused while they were on shore leave on Akritiri. Paris and Kim are sent to prison. Paris is already serving his time, when Kim arrives via along metal chute. He meets up with Paris. Paris punches Kim in the stomach. They struggle and another prisoner takes Kim away. Paris goes to claim Kim has his personal prisoner. Paris shows Kim the device called the clamp that affect's the wearer's nervous system. Remember the chute Kim came through, it is also the chute food is delivered through. There is not much food coming down the chute. I rate this episode a 9.3moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: The food delivery chute goes up and down on a vertical axis, and should only be climbable by "chimneying" up it - in other words, by using pressure from his back on one side of it, and his arms and legs on the other side to hold himself in position while he inches his way upwards. However, he and his fellow prisoner crawl through the chute on hands and knees without touching theopposite side of the tube, which is impossible when moving vertically without any suitable hand or foot holds.

    • Trivia: Neelix's ship, which has been stored in Voyager's shuttlebay since the first episode, is seen for the first time in this episode.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Zio: You think they're just going to open the hatch and ask us if we'd like a ride home?!
      Kim: We'd have the element of surprise!
      Zio: (scornfully) And they'd have the pulse guns!

    • Kim: Right now I'm so hungry I could eat a bowl of Neelix's leola root stew.
      Paris: Me too! (pause) I never thought I'd say that.

    • Kim: I suppose you didn't find any food?
      Paris: Well, I found close to fifty good citizens in this quaint little community, but not a grocer among them.
      Kim: I take it that's a no.
      Paris: Yep, but if we ever do get our hands on some food, I found a lovely spot for a picnic.

    • Kim: Tom, listen to me. I...I almost killed you.
      Paris: What are you saying? You're the one that kept me alive.
      Kim: I was ready to hit you with the pipe. Don't you remember?
      Paris: You want to know what I remember? Someone saying 'This man is my friend. Nobody touches him.' I'll remember that for a long time.

    • Piri: With this ship, we can attack the prison and get your people out.
      Janeway: I'm sorry. That's not how we do things where I come from.
      Piri: Coward.

    • Paris: Promise me something.
      Kim: What?
      Paris: If things get worse, if it comes down to making a choice, don't worry about me, take care of yourself.

    • Janeway: I'm only in the mood for good news today, ambassador.

    • Kim: We've got to explain to someone that there's been a mistake.
      Paris: (Scoffs) Who did you have in mind?

  • NOTES (1)

    • There were 47 victims of the bombing.

      Writer Joe Menosky (and those he inspired) began including references to the number 47 in almost every episode of Star Trek since season four of The Next Generation. It is an in-joke, referring to The 47 Society at Pomona College in California, which Menosky attended.