“Worst Case Scenario” is the 67th series and 25th and penultimate episode of the third season of Star Trek: Voyager.
This episode focuses on events that take place on the USS Voyager’s holodeck, and involves a plot based on factions established earlier in the series.
Various members of Voyager’s crew discover a holodeck simulation called “Insurrection Alpha”, in which the Maquis members of the ship’s crew mutiny against the Starfleet officers. The program appears unfinished, and its author is unknown. As the programme becomes popular, Tuvok admits he wrote the programme himself, to train his security officers in the event of a possible Maquis rebellion; however, as the Maquis proved to integrate well with their crewmates, Tuvok abandoned the programme, believing that it would only exacerbate tensions on board the ship. However, given how popular that Insurrection Alpha has already become amongst the crew, Tom Paris offers to help complete the remainder of the programme with Tuvok’s help, turning the programme into a full-fledged holonovel.
When Paris and Tuvok start to work on the programme in the holodeck, they suddenly find themselves trapped in the virtual brig. They are addressed by the simulation’s version of former crew member Seska, who admits that before she had escaped the ship, she had discovered Tuvok’s programme, and created this trap should he attempt to alter it. Seska’s alterations not only affect the holodeck but other parts of Voyager, threatening the well-being of the whole crew. While Tuvok and Paris attempt to survive the simulation, Captain Janeway and B’Elanna Torres attempt to effect changes in the simulation to help them. Ultimately, finding themselves cornered by the virtual Seska and her Maquis crew, Tuvok causes one of the simulation’s phaser rifles to overload; the impact ends the simulation, and allows Tuvok and Paris to safely exit the holodeck.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Alexander Singer.
- Writer(s): Kenneth Biller.
- Release Date: 14 May 1997.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.