[VOY] The Chute

[VOY] Season 3, Episode 3: The Chute

The Chute

Rating: 2

Kim and Paris get stuck in a prison with devices attached to their heads which increases their hostility. It makes for a believably gritty episode, but in my view it falls into the same traps that are present in most episode involving characters under some kind of influence that changes their behavior. The episode has the goal of building the Paris/Kim friendship. Basically I think this is achieved only in a moment at the very end that seems relatively genuine. Throughout most of the episode Kim and Paris go from being buds to fighting each other, even with Kim almost killing Paris. It ends up just being about the device that makes them go crazy. As I’ve said before, I don’t really like watching the characters act out of character, because it doesn’t really mean anything for that character, it just gives some fun for the actors.

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Notes:

Kim falls out of a chute into a prison

Kim falls out of a chute into a prison

Paris is there too, but Paris punches him

Paris is there too, but Paris punches him

Paris pretends to really hate Kim so that the other prisoners allow Paris to take him. What really convinces them is when Paris holds a knife to a guy's throat, so in the end Paris just beat up Kim for no real reason

Paris pretends to really hate Kim so that the other prisoners allow Paris to take him. What really convinces them is when Paris holds a knife to a guy’s throat, so in the end Paris just beats up Kim for no real reason

They have a "clamp" on their head that makes them go crazy

They have a “clamp” on their head that makes them go crazy

Janeway tries to negotiate with Chris Pine's dad to get Paris and Kim back. They were convicted of bombing people

Janeway tries to negotiate with Chris Pine’s dad to get Paris and Kim back. They were convicted of bombing people

Paris finds a pipe that Kim can work on that will get them past the force field on the chute

Paris finds a pipe that Kim can work on that will get them past the force field on the chute

They go through the cliche of imagining all the food they want to eat

They go through the cliche of imagining all the food they want to eat

Paris gets stabbed and Kim protects him

Paris gets stabbed and Kim protects him

Janeway finds the real bombers

Janeway finds the real bombers

Kim has to team up with a crazy guy because he had stuff Kim needed. The crazy guy says he thinks the clamp is meant to keep people from cooperating with each other, because if the prisoners work together they could get out.

Kim has to team up with a guy because he had stuff that Kim needed. The guy says he thinks the clamp is meant to keep people from cooperating with each other, because if the prisoners work together they could get out.

Kim figures out how to get up the chute! So...goodbye, Tom?

Kim figures out how to get up the chute! He escapes with his new friend. So…goodbye, Tom?

They find out they're in space

They find out they’re in space

The guy offers to show Kim his manifesto, which he says can teach him to control the clamp. Kim knocks it out of his hands and calls him crazy. That's rude

The guy offers to show Kim his manifesto, which he says can teach him to control the clamp. Kim knocks it out of his hands and calls him crazy. That’s rude

Then Kim gives a speech to all the prisoners about how they could escape if they all work together. Hey, that's kind of like what the other guy said, ya know, the guy Kim just called crazy

Then Kim gives a speech to all the prisoners about how they could escape if they all work together. Hey, that’s kind of like what the other guy said, ya know, the guy Kim just called crazy

Paris is losing it. He takes apart Kim's pipe. Kim almost kills Paris

Paris is losing it. He takes apart Kim’s pipe.

Kim almost kills Paris

Kim almost kills Paris

Janeway and Tuvok come to the rescue!

Janeway and Tuvok come to the rescue!

They use Neelix's ship to sneak into the area

They use Neelix’s ship to sneak into the area

Kim is really bothered that he almost killed Paris. Paris says he'll always remember how Kim stood up for him

Kim is really bothered that he almost killed Paris. Paris says he’ll always remember how Kim stood up for him

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  • Khevenhiler

    I actually cheered (in myself) when rock/something hit Kim in the head. His great prison rant was over!