chuting the chute

The Chute

"The Chute" is the name of the 45th episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the third episode of the third season.


In the episode, Tom Paris and Harry Kim are accused of terrorist atrocities on the Akritirian homeworld and sent to a brutal prison where inmates fend for themselves.

An element of the prison sometimes drives prisoners insane. Kim must deal with changing loyalties, no place to actually bed down, a plan to escape and Paris' mental affliction. The aforementioned chute is a long, thin tunnel in which prisoners and food are dropped.

Kim also tries to recruit the other prisoners into working together, which meets with limited success. Kim manages to gain one partner, who works with him to discover the prison is actually a giant space station.

Paris goes completely mad and wrecks a small device that Kim had been building. Kim, afflicted as well, attacks Paris in return but manages to hold onto his sanity.

The Voyager crew manages to track down the prison. Using Neelix's ship, which is still in the shuttlebay, they manage to hook into the chute. A small Away team consisting of Janeway, Tuvok and a few security guards pacify the prisoners and rescue Kim and Paris.

Back on board, Kim is horrified at what he had almost done while afflicted. Paris convinces him to use a week's worth of replicator rations on recreating some of the meals they had discussed while in prison.

The plot of this episode bears several striking similarities with the Lois McMaster Bujold short story, Borders of Infinity.

Guest appearances

Muffin Spencer-Devlin has an uncredited cameo in this episode.


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