Star Trek: Voyager: Season 5, Episode 3

Extreme Risk (28 Oct. 1998)

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B'Elanna Torres secretly participates in several dangerous holodeck programs. The Voyager crew works around the clock to build the Delta Flyer, hoping to beat the Malon in retrieving a lost... See full summary »

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B'Elanna Torres secretly participates in several dangerous holodeck programs. The Voyager crew works around the clock to build the Delta Flyer, hoping to beat the Malon in retrieving a lost probe from the atmosphere of a gas giant. Written by Meribor

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47-reference: Chakotay states that B'Elanna had run her holo-program of the Maquis massacre for 47 seconds. See more »

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Tuvok: We are not designing a "hot rod", Lieutenant.
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18 January 2013 | by (ukwitchcountry) – See all my reviews

I don't get at all why this episode has such a relatively low rating, not that it really means anything. I think how much you enjoy character-centric episodes such as this depends on how much you care for the character in question, and I get quite a lot out of this one. It's quite a distinct entry for the series, due to the deep emotional themes of self-harm involved. Although a lot of the time I think her character can come off as a little cold, I thought Roxann Dawson gave a pretty amazing performance here. She had a knack for reaching emotional extremes that I think would have left any other cast members looking over the top and amateurish. There's just know no way I could see any other regular going to such an intense dark place and portraying the emotions-or lack thereof-so convincingly or honestly. I've seen tons of stuff over the years and I can honestly say this is one of the best portrayals of this kind of damaging behaviour I've ever seen. She's so excellent in several powerfully tense scenes where she's completely freezing out any attempts to get through to her and completely avoiding having to confront and deal with anything with this, invisible wall of cold distance. You may not see it, but this atmosphere is very palpable, it's written on the wall, written right on her forehead! I find her calm sullen detachment far more disturbing than any screaming melodrama. To better understand this story you've really had to have seen a specific scene in the season 4 episode "Hunters" in which B'elanna receives some very bad news from Chakotay. It's true that they don't exactly give a strong build up to B'ellana's problems here, nor do they touch upon them all that much later. But it's not as if they can focus on her this much every single time-we don't know what's going on with her in between the shows. Perhaps in such cases we should just fill in the blanks for ourselves a little, maybe? Just a thought. I also actually like Chakotay a lot in this which was a surprise, as I usually find the man to be very bland and unimpressive as a character, although he does have his place. I like him in the capacity of his trying to aid B'elanna. I like the way he forces her to reveal what's wrong. The two of them have a certain chemistry that only ever comes up in the rare scenes when it's just the two of them. I do "buy" him as her old friend and comrade. There's another of the weird sporadic appearances of ensign Vorik. Why didn't they ever make him a fully-fledged character? I thought he was much more interesting and likable than the pathetic Garrett Wang. Guess there was just room enough on Voyager for only one vulcan, hmm? I just loved Alexander Enberg, he was the sexiest little thing! There's also something of a secondary plot with the crew racing against the clock to beat the greasy Malons to retrieve a "probe" from a gas giant, but all that part is just really lame and thoroughly unengaging. Everything culminates in Torres saving the day with this hastily made phaser forcefield thingy, which I also found rushed and tacked-on. I believe those who believe the final scene indicates that all of B'ellana's issues have been wrapped-up and resolved in the span of one episode with a quick fix banana-pancake happy ending are mistaken. That is not the case at all, it's merely a turning point and step in the right direction for her, a little light beginning to shine through, as they say. I grant you it is a bit schmaltzy, but I love it, I think it's a most sweet and uplifting moment. It worked for me. It's a bit of a quaint simple kind of episode, everything plot-wise that's nothing to do with B'Elanna's plight feels superfluous and thin-but whatever, to me it's still a great character driven episode with a brilliant B'Elanna Torres story at its core. One of her very best.


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