Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Tom's sudden entry in an alien spacecraft race throws a wrench into B'Elanna's labored plans for a romantic holodeck getaway for two, threatening their relationship.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Cyia Batten ... Irina
Brian George ... Ambassador O'Zaal
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Assan
Robert Tyler Robert Tyler ... Joxom
Chris Covics Chris Covics ... Assistant
Majel Barrett ... Voyager Computer (voice)


With Janeway's approval, Paris enters the Delta Flyer in an inter-species, light-speed shuttle race. Four races, once at war, hold 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 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 realizes their participation was intentional: the Delta Flyer has been rigged as a bomb by one of the racers seeking to end the peace accord with a bang. Written by Meribor

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Cyia Batten (Irina), Brian George (O'Zaal), and Patrick Kilpatrick (Assan) have all appeared on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. They played Tora Ziyal, Richard Bashir, and Reese, respectively. See more »


When Tom Paris makes B'Elanna recite 'nursery rhymes' In the Delta Flyer, he says that they got him through the academy. B'Elanna responds "you were expelled." This is not true. Tom Paris graduated from the academy; however, the character that Robert Duncan McNeill played in TNG Star Trek: The Next Generation: The First Duty, Nicholas Locarno, WAS expelled. See more »


Irina: Joxom!
Tom Paris: Who?
Irina: My co-pilot.
Tom Paris: Oh, looks like they're good friends.
Harry Kim: They're teammates.
Tom Paris: Mm.
Tom Paris: Close, personal teammates.
Harry Kim: Oh, it was nice while it lasted.
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References Dune (1984) See more »


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Nice idea but doesn't quite work
1 August 2020 | by snoozejoncSee all my reviews

Tom and Harry enter the Delta Flyer in a race set up as a friendly competition between previously conflicting species.

The episode starts off with the promise of an exciting race set against a tense political backdrop, but it ends up trying to do too much.

The main problem is the shifting focus from the race, to politics, to comedy, to romance and back again. I'm just guessing the writers were trying to say there are more important things a stake than a race, but for this to work they have to keep things interesting.

A significant amount of time is dedicated to Tom and B'Elanna's mixed race relationship, contrasting with other characters lack of tolerance and acceptance of integrated societies. As good an idea as this is it doesn't really work. Tom and B'Elanna are decent characters played by good actors but unfortunately they have never had strong material to portray their romance. It always feels forced with unnatural sounding dialogue and this is a prime example.

To be fair it's not just the dialogue between the couple that is quite poor, Harry Kim and Irina's lines are equally as unimaginative, if not worse.

That being said there are some enjoyable moments: The crew being more interested in the race than duty; Seven of Nine advising B'Elanna how to handle Tom; and Neelix turning commentator.

This one was disappointing because it felt like a good opportunity wasted.

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