Dec 18

Star Trek: Chutes and Ladders

An episode of Voyager is called The Chute. That name reminds me of the game Chutes and Ladders that I played as a kid. Instead of moving one’s game piece down a chute, or back toward start as you do in the game, in this show, immates are thrown down a chute into a maximum security prison for life. They don’t find out until later that they are actually on a spaceship prison, not underground on their home planet as they assumed. Space surrounds them and escape is impossible even if one could make his way up the chute. I bet someone came up with the idea for the episode from the kid’s game. I also thought about being stuck in one place forever. I wonder how many of us are stuck in a place where there is no escape even if we escaped?

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