According to Memory Alpha's original in Universe Timeline, the story sequence is:
In the Cards : Worst Case Scenario : Call to Arms.
In the Seska story arc, the story sequence is
Basics Part 2 : Worst Case Scenario : Shattered.


B'Elanna discovers a holonovel of unknown origin, in which an ensign of Starfleet security has to decide whether to support a Maquis mutiny led by Chakotay and Seska, or to remain loyal to Captain Janeway. Tom takes over the role of the security officer and tries to finish the program, but he arrives at a point where the story ends abruptly. Since the holonovel has become popular among the crew, Janeway addresses the issue in the bridge crew meeting, where Tuvok surprisingly admits that he came up with the scenario as a training program for his staff, at a time when a mutiny incited by the Maquis seemed possible. Upon popular request, he and Paris go to the holodeck to write an ending for the program.

When Tuvok reopens the narrative files, a holographic Seska appears and tells them that she has already finished the story, in a way that Tuvok would die. With the safety protocols and the transporters disabled, Tuvok and Tom would stand no chance against Seska. But Janeway and B'Elanna find a way to modify details of the program to help the two officers. Seska eventually orders their execution, to which the reprogrammed holographic Chakotay objects. But Seska shoots him. After another diversion induced by Janeway, Tuvok has managed to tamper with Seska's phaser rifle. When she tries to shoot Tuvok, her rifle overloads, killing her character. The impact ends the simulation, and allows Tuvok and Paris to safely exit the holodeck.

Errors and Explanations

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  1. At the beginning, B'Elanna is seen wearing a single Starfleet pip on her collar - the rank of ensign, rather than the Maquis rank insignia. This is not an error, as she is running a holodeck program were she is playing an ensign in the story. When she's not on the holodeck, she's wearing her correct insignia.


  1. Janeway does not know who made the Holodeck novel. Tuvok admits he was responsible for this training program and Janeway looks surprised. It seems that Tuvok acted on his own by creating this program without informing Janeway about it, and goes against Starfleet protocol. Perhaps Tuvok began working on it after the Caretaker incident, only to quickly stop working on it when the rapid crew integration rendered it unnecessary.

Nit Central

  1. DonnaL on Wednesday, May 31, 2000 - 1:57 pm: How did so many crewmembers get access to the program? Wouldn't you have to know what it's called? It was probably modified to allow ease of access when Seska tampered with it.
  2. When the holo-Chakotay talks to the holo-Janeway coming back in the shuttle, he calls her Kathryn. He wasn't on a first name basis with her that early on when Tuvok supposedly wrote the program. Or was the rebel Chakotay using the captain's first name to be obnoxious? NarkS on Monday, July 16, 2001 - 10:38 am: No, he was being obnoxious. He certainly wouldn't call her "Captain" since she's not in charge anymore. Jayson Spears on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 6:20 pm: Wrong--Janeway is a Captain in Rank...even if she is not in command-she is still a Captain.
  3. Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Monday, July 16, 2001 - 4:10 am: Interesting way to bring back Seska, but not without its flaws. Dialogue states that Seska rewrote Tuvok's program a month before she left Voyager, but Seska didn't intend to leave Voyager. She only left because they discovered that she was a Cardassian spy, who had been trading technology with the Kazon, and had no choice, but to leave. So what if Tuvok had activated the booby trap before she left? Her image would appear before Tuvok telling him that she is responsible, the crew would try just as hard to free Tuvok from the Holodeck and B'Elanna would discover that Seska was behind it as easily as she did here. So even if Tuvok died and couldn't tell anyone who did it, Seska would have been found out. NarkS on Monday, July 16, 2001 - 10:28 am: I thought about this one too. I figured a reasonable explanation for this is that the command she used to transport off the ship would have also set these booby traps in place as little surprises. Obviously it would have been silly to keep this one live while she was still on the ship.
  4. Uncle Dick on Monday, July 16, 2001 - 10:04 pm: Could you fit enough pressurized gas into that small extinguisher that Tom used to put out the plasma fire. I suppose you could but I would think the extinguisher would launch Tom backwards as the jet of fire retardent escaped from the extinguisher. That would depend on the design of the nozzle!

Ex Astris Scientia

  1. Apex Since the ship's transporters are offline, wouldn't it be possible to use the transporter from one of the shuttles? Not if they were taken offline as well, as happened on the Enterprise D during the incident depicted in Power Play.

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