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Season Five

Extreme Risk

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Synopsis - Voyager is locked into an old-fashioned space race with a Malon freighter as each races to build a shuttle to retrieve a Voyager probe stuck in a gas giant. Meanwhile, B'Elanna spends all her spare time running dangerous holodeck programs with the safety protocols turned off.

Extreme Risk is the name of the game B'Elanna has been playing ever since she learned of the fate of all her Maquis friends back home in last season's Hunters. An excellent performance by Roxann Dawson here, as well as Robert Beltran as Chakotay dug out her unresolved feelings over the deaths of her old friends. In my personal opinion it's episodes like these that allow Chakotay to be more his own character and less of a "Riker-type" character. (By "Riker-type", I mean written and acted very similar to Riker of the Next Generation.) The only problem here is with the fact that deactivating holodeck safety protocols is evidentally much easier than it was on the Enterprise; such as in the episode Descent, Part I, where Data required LaForge's authorization in addition to his own, while on Voyager B'Elanna was able to do it on her own.

Seven's suggestion in the previous episode, Drone that they design a new shuttle to replace Starfleet's Class 2 shuttle is taken up here. Paris had already designed it, and here they had to build it to retrieve a probe. Paris' use of control panels from his "Captain Proton" simulation is amusing, and suits his character to a tee.


Series' Regulars
Captain Kathryn Janeway™ - Kate Mulgrew
Commander Chakotay™ - Robert Beltran
Lieutenant Commander Tuvok™ - Tim Russ
The Doctor™ - Robert Picardo
B'Elanna Torres™ - Roxann Dawson
Lieutenant Tom Paris™ - Robert Duncan McNeill
Ensign Harry Kim™ - Garrett Wang
Seven of Nine™ - Jeri Ryan
Neelix™ - Ethan Phillips

Vorik - Alexander Enberg

Guest Cast
Vrelk - Hamilton Camp
The Pilot - Daniel Betances

Written by:

Kenneth Biller
Directed by: Cliff Bole

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