Star Trek: Voyager: Season 7, Episode 3

Drive (18 Oct. 2000)

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With Janeway's approval, Paris enters the Delta Flyer in an inter-species, light-speed shuttle race. Four races, once at war, are holding the race as a celebration of their peace treaty. ... See full summary »

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With Janeway's approval, Paris enters the Delta Flyer in an inter-species, light-speed shuttle race. Four races, once at war, are holding the race as a celebration of their peace treaty. Wrapped up in competition, Paris forgets a promise to spend a weekend with B'Elanna Torres. Torres is hurt but, with advice from Seven of all people, she decides to partake in the race as Paris' co-pilot. When the race is underway, the couple realize their participation was intentional; the Delta Flyer has been rigged as a bomb by one of the racers seeking to end accord with a bang. Written by Meribor

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B'Elanna plans a holodeck holiday for her and Tom on Gedi Prime. This is the Harkonnen homeworld in the Dune series of novels. See more »

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[Tom Paris wants to participate in a race, much against Tuvok's wishes]
Tom Paris: Captain, this race is more than just a sporting event. Until recently, this region was a war zone. Four different species fought for nearly a century to control it.
Harry Kim: Now, for the first time, they're competing peacefully, to commemorate the new treaty that ended the war.
Tom Paris: This race embodies everything the Federation values: a peaceful coexistence, free exchange of ideas...
Captain Kathryn Janeway: I think it's a great idea.
Tom Paris: [baffled silence] You do?
Tuvok: You...
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A good idea that suffers from choppy presentation...
23 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

(SPOILERS) The idea of a "race in space" has never been introduced in the Star Trek Universe before, and so there was great opportunity in "Drive" for a truly exciting and unique Trek adventure. Unfortunately, the end result, while not terrible, falls far short of its potential.

The main fault seems to be too many subplots (the race, warring factions & sabotage, AND Tom & B'Elanna's relationship problems), which require the viewer to constantly jump from one to another to the extent that one feels almost as if one is watching three different episodes at the same time instead of just one. In trying to be many things, "Drive" fails to by any ONE thing, and so the show ends up with a "choppy" and jumbled feel to it.

I, for one, would have loved to have seen more emphasis on the race itself- the individual racers, the bizarre vehicles they were piloting, the potential unknown hazards along the race course, etc. (The pod race in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" (1999) is a great example of how visually interesting- not to mention fun & exciting- a multiple species space race can be).

Finally, I was rather disappointed that a major Star Trek Voyager event- the marriage of Tom Paris & B'Elanna Torres- happened off screen and was somewhat haphazardly tacked on at the very end! What's up with that? One would think that the marriage of these two major characters would deserve at least a token amount of screen time.

Perhaps "Drive" would have worked better with a little more "breathing space"- as a two part story arc, there would have been more time to explore & develop all the subplots. As it stands, it seems a little rushed & out of focus.


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