Star Trek: Voyager: Season 3, Episode 25

Worst Case Scenario (14 May 1997)

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Members of the Voyager crew clandestinely participate in a hidden holodeck program where the ship's Maquis members stage an insurrection. Word gets out and Tuvok confesses to writing the ... See full summary »



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Members of the Voyager crew clandestinely participate in a hidden holodeck program where the ship's Maquis members stage an insurrection. Word gets out and Tuvok confesses to writing the program as a training guide for security officers but never finished it because the merged crew seemed to be working well together. When Tuvok and Paris get trapped in the program, they realize that former crew mate and Cardassian spy Seska had added her own twist to the story. Written by Meribor

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At the beginning, Be'Lanna is wearing a single Starfleet pip on her collar, the rank of ensign, rather than the Maquis rank insignia. This is not an error, but she is running a holodeck program were she is playing an ensign in the story. When she's not on the holodeck, she's wearing her correct insignia. See more »


Lieutenant Tom Paris: [on the mysterious author of the holo-novel] Remember the good old days when it was impossible to keep a secret on a ship this small?
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2/3 of a great episode
26 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It starts off as a great premise - the various crew members, curiosity piqued, participate in a holonovel originally designed as a training exercise in which Chakotay stages a Maquis mutiny.

Not only is it interesting to see the various scenarios play out like a super fancy video game, we get a real, grounded version of the holodeck instead of the magical cure-all it's normally used as.

When the popularity of the novel spreads to the crew, wet blanket Tuvok wants to shut it down until Voyager's own Bart Simpson - Tom Paris - convinces him otherwise. From there, the episode seems like it's going to take another interesting turn in which Paris and Tuvok debate how to approach writing the rest of their holonovel. Thinly veiled, but it's always nice when the writers get to have a voice on the show of their own. So Tuvok opens up the re-write file and then...


So many interesting episodes up to this point on the show have been ruined by quick fixes, deus ex machina, or the Doctor completely fabricating science that never existed before just to end the episode. This one had so much potential until the insufferable Seska takes control of the holodeck and the whole ship.

Wait, isn't she dead? Yep, for a year now. But hell hath no fury like a Cardassian woman posing as a Bajoran woman scorned, as Seska planned a little bit of revenge on her ex-boyfriend Chakotay and his new friends. Eventually.

What was interesting prior to the "stakes" is that there were no stakes in this episode. Just fictional characters in a fictional setting having very real conversations about temptation, ship gossip, creative approaches and what equates to cabin fever.

Disappointing, as the stakes aren't really stakes - you know Paris and Tuvok aren't going to die, so what's the point? We've seen this story literally hundreds of times on various Star Trek series, but so rarely have we seen our characters just being people for a whole episode. Maybe it's unfair to judge the show by 2013 standards instead of those of 1997, but it just hurts to see them get so close to something great before deciding to take the easy way out.

Probably a 7/10, but bringing back the intolerable Seska long after her death knocks it down a point.

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