Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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The Chute 

Tom Paris and Harry Kim are wrongly convicted of a terrorist bombing. Even though Janeway captures the true criminals, Tom and Harry are fitted with strange brain implants and imprisoned on... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Commander Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lieutenant Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lieutenant Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Don McManus ... Zio
Robert Pine ... Ambassador Liria
James Parks ... Vel
Ed Trotta ... Pit
Beans Morocco Beans Morocco ... Rib
Rosemary Morgan ... Piri


Tom Paris and Harry Kim are wrongly convicted of a terrorist bombing. Even though Janeway captures the true criminals, Tom and Harry are fitted with strange brain implants and imprisoned on a satellite. In the prison, the inmates have no supervision, no medical care, and all have implants which increase their aggressive tendencies. New prisoners and food-rations are delivered through a one-way chute. As days pass, the friends try to hold on to reality but find themselves turning on one another and taking drastic measures to survive and attempt escape. Written by Meribor

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18 September 1996 (USA) See more »

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This is the first episode in which Roxann Dawson's name appears as such the credits. In previous episodes, she was credited as Roxann Biggs-Dawson. See more »


When one of the prisoners hands Harry his Manifesto, Harry knocks it out of his hands and pages go flying, including some pages that fall behind Harry. The prisoner who believes the Manifesto is very important, only picks up a few pages that feel in front of Harry at his feet and then leaves. See more »


Harry Kim: Let's get something straight first.
Tom Paris: What?
Harry Kim: The next time you take a swing at me, I'm hitting back.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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This one is a lot better than the mediocre score would indicate
16 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Paris and Kim find themselves literally dumped into a hellish prison. There are no guards, there are no rules and the prisoners have their own "Lord of the Flies" style society. What's worse--Paris and Kim were convicted of a terrorist bombing they didn't commit.

When Janeway learns about this from the locals, she finds that they are mighty unfriendly. So, she decides to look for the real bombers. They catch them...but there is a SERIOUS problem. The folks from this $&%@ planet don't care and won't release Paris and Kim! And, considering that Paris just got stabbed, he won't last much longer!

This episode has a lot to say about prisons and rehabilitation. I also liked how awful and stupid the aliens were in this one! Overall, creative, filled with action and among the better season two episodes.

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