Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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The Chute 

Convicted of a crime they didn't commit, Harry and Tom wind up in an unsupervised, crowded prison, a hellhole where implants ramp up everyone's aggression.


Les Landau


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 5 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. 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 this prison, inmates have no supervision and no medical care, but 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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Did You Know?


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 his manifesto very important, only picks up the few pages that fall in front of Harry's feet and then leaves. See more »


Neelix: [trying to bluff his way past an Akritirian patrol] D'eh, what was that, patrol? That last message was garbled.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Great Parallel!
21 August 2011 | by ah8313See all my reviews

I enjoyed this episode a lot! But in a lot ways it hit close to home. I felt like it paralleled different ethnic groups in the modern era. The easiest way to control a group of people is to turn them against themselves. That's what was occurring in the prison. Star Trek is great at taking everyday life themes And secretly transporting them into the show, disguising them as Something else but in actuality they represent a much deeper aspect of Our own society that can sometimes be hard to look at otherwise. I wasn't a big Harry Kim fan but my favorite scene of the episode was when Ensign Kim pleaded with the prison inmates to work together to attain their freedom but none of them listened to him. Great Parallel! So true!

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