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 »


Chakotay orders the holodeck doors sealed, but does not order the computer to unseal them before he leaves. See more »


Harry Kim: I keep telling you, we've got to reinforce the hull with kellinite. That's all there is to it.
Tuvok: Proposing the same flawed strategy over and over again will not make it more effective, Ensign.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Dark Frontier: Part 2 (1999) See more »


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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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B'Elanna's Addiction
11 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you didn't know, B'Elanna is edgy. You know, the first clue is the ridiculous scaled forehead, the flashing neon ST:TNG "this person is different" beacon. She's quick tempered, 0 to PMS Bitchy in 2 parsecs, and attitude? Buddy, she'll whip out that cynicism faster than you can say "Qapla'". But not this episode. No, today, she's inexplicably nonchalant, not at all like herself. She couldn't give a Plandorian feces about, well, anything, apart from a growing compulsion to play in the holodeck, and override safety protocols. I'm truly disappointed they didn't include a simulation with her running with scissors. She's obsessed with danger.

What is B'Elanna's malfunction? Furthermore, do we really care? I'd almost take a docile, "don't bother me, I'm fantasizing about cheating death 10,000 ways" than her usually surly, bitchy self. Do any of us really want to walk around in that big, dented, wrinkled cranium of hers? Meanwhile, hotrod greaser Tom Paris has the whole shop class building Greased Lightning, the only thing missing is a dance number and Olivia Newton John. Wait, now that I think of it, this episode is actually more like a perversion of Grease! Tom has to "race for pinks" to get a stranded probe (apparently made from 24k gold, as valuable as it seems) from our resident icky polluters (read: 20th Century cretin Americans) the Malon, stinkin' up the place with their green anti-matter flatulence metaphors. They want that probe if for no other reason but to propel the plot forward and give a reason for some of the other crew to actually exist in this episode. And guess what? They're going to need the assistance of a very distant and preoccupied Lt. Torres to win.

Chakotay, possibly nudged from his Sequoia like demeanor from some spirit guide, comes to the realization something is wrong with Torres. I mean, she hasn't bitched about anything in weeks, has left everyone alone, and, well, actually gotten along with everyone. Something must be awry. He discovers on what seems like no more than pure intuition (again, possibly Spirit Guide Intervention) she's getting a little too reckless in her holodeck fun, and ties it all back to a message he told her some weeks back about the passing of some Maquis friends. That's sent B'Elanna into an inexplicable tizzy because she claims she couldn't feel anything about it. She confesses that she's been pushing the limits of her holodeck fantasies to see if she can still feel. Oh, she's just so cold. At what point did B'Elanna suddenly become an angst riddled teenager? She might as well put on black eyeliner, listen to The Cure, and just start cutting herself. I picture her back in her quarters, jamming out to Nine Inch Nails. B'Elanna hurt herself today to see if she still feels.

Chakotay gets her mind right, and with a little peptalk, she's ready to play Wesley Crusher style deus ex machina and save the day for all in Greased Lightnin'. Paris' chills are multiplyin', you can imagine when Torres decides it's time to really let herself go, and gorges herself on banana pancakes.

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