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1[[quoteright:350:]] ² [[caption-width-right:350:Remember how the Maquis/Starfleet conflict didn't really lead to much? Well, this episode's about that.]]²->''Under my command, we won't let almighty Federation principles get in the way of opportunities, the way Janeway did when she destroyed the array that could have gotten us home. And we won't be wasting precious time stopping to investigate every insignificant anomaly that we come across. What we will do is use any means necessary to acquire technology that can shorten our journey. To hell with Starfleet regulations.'' ²²B'elanna Torres discovers a holodeck program on ''Voyager'' that turns out to be a simulation of a Maquis rebellion, where Commander Chakotay calls for a mutiny as soon as Captain Janeway and Lt. Tom Paris leave the ship on an away mission. This program soon becomes popular as the crew try it out for themselves, either taking the side of the mutineers or Janeway loyalists trying to retake ''Voyager'' from the Maquis. Unfortunately, as Lt. Paris finds out, the program is unfinished, leaving everyone wondering who created it in the first place. Lt. Tuvok finally admits to being the program's creator, designing it as a training simulation in case the members of the Maquis actually attempt a mutiny, but not completing it when he saw how the members of both ''Voyager'' and the Maquis [[FireForgedFriends were getting along with each other]]. Lt. Paris decides that he's going to complete the creation of the program when Captain Janeway decides against erasing it, seeing how what was originally intended as a training simulation turned out to be nothing but harmless fun. However, when Lt. Tuvok tries to open the program so that Paris can continue working on it, they find out that another person has worked on the program -- Seska, who modified the program so that it would be a death trap scenario for Tuvok should he try to continue his work. When the other members of ''Voyager'' realize that the program is now booby-trapped, they do their own tinkering with the program in order to help Tuvok and Paris escape and end the program without destroying the ship.²-----²!!This episode provides examples of²²* The47Society:²** Chakotay reports that ''Insurrection Alpha'' has been accessed forty-seven times by 33 crewmembers.²** Tuvok's access code is 4774.²* AllThereInTheManual: A short story released in one of the compilations after the show had ended details both when Tuvok decided to stop writing the program ''Insurrection Alpha'', why he did so, and that he had only completed what he estimated to be about 25% of it.²* AndYouThoughtItWasAGame: Tuvok admits he wrote the program as a ''tactical simulation'', not a holo-novel. Seska's rewrite shifts the program into HuntingTheMostDangerousGame.²* BackwardsFiringGun: Happens twice -- first to Holo-Janeway, then Holo-Seska.²* BadassBoast²-->'''Holo-Janeway:''' You've just threatened the wrong woman, Chakotay.²* BreatherEpisode: Although it becomes a Crisis of the Week plot in the second half, the LeaningOnTheFourthWall comedy does allow a lighter moment before "Scorpion".²* CallBack: To Season One.²* CanonSue:²** The program's version of Seska is an InUniverse example. The Maquis all obey her even though Chakotay is supposed to be their leader, Chakotay is madly in love with her, and her plans are so perfect that the heroes only manage to defeat her by hacking various Deus Ex Machinas into the program. Given that the real Seska was the one who rewrote the program and that, like most Cardassians, she has a very high opinion of herself, this was pretty much inevitable.²** Neelix says the next holonovel should be about a daring trader who becomes a cook on a starship.²** Virtually everyone tries to pressure Tuvok into turning their characters into this in the rewrite, leading to as much frustration as he's allowed by being a proper Vulcan.²* ChekhovsGun:²** As benefits an episode about the writing process, it's a literal gun. Tuvok uses Seska's BackwardsFiringGun trick to kill her.²** The mutiny is launched while Holo-Janeway has left the ship to meet with an alien race called the Rukani. The real Janeway uses them to pull a DeusExMachina.²* TheChessmaster: Seska created the booby-trapped program a month before she left Voyager, and it's gone active [[BestServedCold over a year after she died]].²* ChickFlick: Tuvok doesn't like B'Elanna's suggestion they add a little 'passion' to the novel. Seska does the honors of chick-ifying the story a bit by having her holographic self and holo-Chakotay fall in love with each other in the rewrite.²* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Holo-Neelix quickly changes sides to the mutineers, a development the real Neelix takes offense to. In fairness to Tuvok, the program would have been written not long after "Caretaker", when Neelix abused their trust so he could rescue Kes.²* CliffHanger: Tuvok created an accidental one when he stopped writing the program.²* ContinuityNod:²** Several clues cue hardcore fans that the teaser is taking place earlier in Voyager's continuity. Janeway's hairstyle is different, Jonas can be heard on the comm even though he was killed back in Season 2 (albeit clearly not being voiced by Raphael Sbarge), and B'Elanna is wearing a Starfleet ensign's pip. The wham moment is Seska's appearance after her death in "Basics, Part II".²** After helping to save the day, Janeway suggests doing a western as their next holo-program. [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E8AFistfulOfDatas Now there's an idea...]]²* CrazyPrepared: Not only did Seska's reprogramming seal the holodeck and disable the safety protocols, but it also deactivated the transporter rooms and comms. There are also boobytraps to destroy the power grid if the crew attempts to pull the plug and the reprogramming can adapt to whatever changes Janeway and Torres attempt to make.²* CreativeDifferences: InUniverse between Tom and Tuvok.²* DeadFic: To everyone's frustration. Tuvok is ordered to finish it, despite Insurrection Alpha never having been a holonovel in the first place.²* DeadlyDoctor: Holo-EMH treats Tom's phaser burn by injecting him with nitric acid.²--> "A little proverbial salt in the wound."²* DeathIsCheap: Seska shows that a [[PostMortemComeback minor thing like death doesn't stop her]] from being the VillainOfTheWeek. And Janeway dies again, this time as a holodeck character. ²* DependingOnTheWriter: The holoprogram has four different authors, each with a different purpose.²* DesignatedVillain: Invoked in-universe. Chakotay jokingly observes that he was made the bad guy in the holo-novel and hopes the next one is different.²* DeusExMachina: Janeway rewrites the program to have an alien ship come to their aid, giving Tuvok time to snag a phaser rifle. At the end of the episode, the characters are [[ConversationalTroping sitting around, talking about the program]] and Tuvok compliments Janeway on this move. "[[LampshadeHanging Who says deus ex machina is an outdated literary device?]]" she responds.²* DiabolusExMachina: Seska's program adapts to any ploy by those trapped inside it.²* DigitalAvatar: Seska, for her deceased actual self in her revised version of Tuvok's program. Tom Paris comments that Seska wouldn't let a little thing like death stop her from getting even with Tuvok.²* EvenEvilHasStandards: Holo-Chakotay. Yes, he's the bad guy for committing mutiny, but he doesn't kill anyone unless it's necessary. He even tells Holo-Janeway and Holo-Paris that they can keep their shuttle and some extra provisions.²* EverythingIsTryingToKillYou: Seska is quite the sadist.²* ExecutiveMeddling:²** In-universe, Janeway's insistence that the Holo-novel be completed over the wishes of the original author could be seen as a bit of this.²** Another in-universe example occurs after Paris insists he'll work alone. Tuvok reminds him that only he has the authorization to make changes to the program.²* FakeActionPrologue: Chakotay's mutiny, which Tom walks in on to set up the ProsceniumReveal.²* {{Foreshadowing}}:²** Torres is complaining that the holonovel doesn't have any romance.²-->'''Paris:''' I could add a steamy love scene between the [[OfficialCouple Starfleet conn officer and the Maquis engineer]].\²'''Torres:''' Oh, ''[[TemptingFate that's]]'' [[TemptingFate realistic!]]²** Tom's interest in writing a holonovel eventually leads to the ShowWithinAShow ''Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainProton'', a program that emphasizes [[WorldOfHam fun and action over characterization]], as per his arguments with Tuvok.²** There are a few hints about the episode opening with a FakeActionPrologue (e.g. Torres being referred to as an ensign and never by name, Tuvok saying Chakotay is still new to being first officer).²** The first time Paris plays the holo-novel, he tries to thwart the mutiny and gets thrown in the brig. After the holographic Tuvok stresses the importance of biding their time and following proper procedure, a bored Paris asks who wrote this holo-novel.²* FakeDefector: One of the options in the program, taken by Paris and Neelix. B'Elanna says it's [[EvilFeelsGood more fun to join the rebellion]].²* FreudianExcuse: Torres (a former member of the Maquis) joins the mutiny immediately. Paris (a guy with a problematic history on both sides) initially tries to stop the mutiny the first time he plays and then switches sides when it's convenient for him.²* GoodIsBoring: B'Elanna advises Tom to go join the mutiny from the beginning, as it's more fun. Tom agrees when he finds Tuvok's plan for foiling the mutiny is to do nothing till next week's episode.²* HalfwayPlotSwitch: A comical story turns dangerous due to Seska's tampering with the holo-novel. Also applies in-universe, as decisions of those playing the ensign in the game can vastly affect the course of the story.²* HilariousOuttakes: A scene where Tim Russ hams up being shot, and Robert Beltran flubs his line. Look for it on Youtube.²-->'''Paris:''' It's Paris and Janeway.²-->'''Holo-Chakotay:''' ''(long pause)'' How do you know? ''(general laughter)''²* HolodeckMalfunction: Justified by deliberate sabotage.²* {{Hypocrite}}: Seska wants revenge on Tuvok for betraying the Maquis, when she herself is a Cardassian infiltrator.²* HypocriticalHumor²** After Paris tells Tuvok that he's going to have Janeway execute the mutineers, Tuvok complains that this is against Janeway's established personality and that characters should not deviate so tremendously. Neelix walks over and insists that he would never betray the captain like he did in the holonovel. Paris makes fun of Tuvok over this point. ²** And the Holo-EMH throttling Tuvok; "You're looking well."²* KillerGameMaster²* KlingonPromotion: When holo-Chakotay argues against killing Tom and Tuvok (as Janeway reprograms him to), holo-Seska shoots him.²* LaserGuidedKarma: The program was set to become a DeadlyGame the next time Tuvok logged in. He does so with Tom Paris, the other crewmember who betrayed the Maquis crew to the Federation.²* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Tuvoks reasons for abandoning the simulation boil down to "the show's writers [[AbortedArc dropped the Maquis plot]] without really doing anything with it".²* LoadBearingBoss: The program shuts down when Holo-Seska is killed.²* MexicanStandoff: Several. One memorable shot is Paris doing this with his holographic counterpart and the program shutting down afterwards.²* MirrorMatch: Having taken the side of the mutineers, Tom is startled to be pointing a phaser at himself as a Janeway loyalist. [[CliffHanger Then the program shuts down]].²* MostWritersAreWriters / LeaningOnTheFourthWall: A lot of the dialogue resembles a writers' room argument over how to write a ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode.²* MuseAbuse: Averted as everyone finds ''Insurrection Alpha'' rather amusing, even Chakotay who's the villain of the program. Neelix is the only one who takes offense, and that doesn't stop him from playing it.²* TheMutiny: Though played out as a training simulation.²* MutualKill: Holo-Janeway and Holo-Chakotay stun each other.²* MythologyGag: Janeway thinks the next holonovel should be a Western. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Janeway's preferred holonovel was originally going to involve herself as a Western pioneer]], but was replaced with the [[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS1E12Cathexis Gothic romance novel]].²* NewEraSpeech: Holo-Chakotay gives one after seizing Voyager.²* NoEnding: Or so Tuvok thought.²* NotBad: What Tom says after Tuvok [[HoistByHisOwnPetard uses Seska's backfiring gun trick against her]].²* NotHimself: The holodeck Chakotay is overly friendly yet stilted in interacting with the real characters, notably [[RolePlayingGame pausing to allow them to reply to his comments]], an early sign that it's a holodeck program.²* TheNotSecret: Word quickly spreads of ''Insurrection Alpha'' despite (or because) of its subversive nature. Which makes it puzzling that no-one knows who wrote it.²-->'''Paris:''' Remember the good old days when it was impossible to keep a secret on a ship this small? ²* OffTheRails²* OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow: Invoked in-universe by Janeway, who intends to "rewrite" Seska.²* OtherStockPhrases: "You'll never get away with this." (Holo-Harry to the mutineers), "I've been waiting a long time for this." (Holo-Chakotay before he shoots Tom), and "If you want something done right, you've got to do it yourself." (Holo-Seska before she tries to kill everyone)²* OutOfCharacter: First, Tuvok got Neelix's character completely wrong (something Neelix later objects to). Then Tom Paris wants to have Janeway execute all the mutineers. And when Seska got at the character profiles...²* PlatformHell: What Seska's programming turns the holo-novel into. Everything is designed to torture whoever's trapped and actively be unfair.²* PostMortemComeback: A highly adaptive hologram of Seska enters the program and manipulates it to her own ends.²* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway²* {{Railroading}}: Seska programmed the holodeck to do this when Tuvok and Paris were on the verge of getting the upper hand.²* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:²** When everyone thinks the program is a mere holo-novel, Janeway and Chakotay are good sports about it. They want to know who wrote it out of mere curiosity. Janeway also sees the value in the crew creating their own fiction as a stress reliever.²** In the holo-novel, Chakotay is portrayed as fairly reasonable--giving junior officers the chance to join his team. At one point, he even offers holo-Janeway food and supplies rather than destroy her shuttle on sight.²* TheReveal: Everyone assumes that ''Insurrection Alpha'' is an action-adventure holonovel with some TakeThat jabs at Janeway's command decisions. It turns out to be a program created by Tuvok to train his security officers against a Maquis mutiny.²* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Once Seska gets a hold of the story.²* RunningGag: Once Paris volunteers to complete the program, other crewmembers keep butting in with suggestions.²* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Invoked; when the Maquis and Starfleet crewmembers end up [[EnemyMine working well together]], Tuvok realizes his program could itself [[MuseAbuse create tensions between the two groups]] and deletes it. Or so he thinks. Tuvok's expectations are subverted when they find it and enjoy it.²* SmoochOfVictory: Holo-Seska and Holo-Chakotay snog after killing Holo-Janeway. [[CanonSue No-one is impressed]].²* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Tom and Tuvok arguing over the changes to the holonovel.²* SpreadShot:²-->'''Seska:''' I wouldn't do that if I were you. This phaser's set on wide beam. I could take you all in one shot.²* SuperDickery: TheTeaser with Chakotay asking B'Elanna to take part in TheMutiny.²* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Seska activates the SelfDestructMechanism, keyed only to her voice.²-->'''Holo-Seska:''' If you don't hand over that phaser rifle, everyone on this ship is going to be dead in... ''(waits)''²-->'''Computer:''' Self-destruct in forty five seconds. ''(Seska grins)''²* TechnicianVsPerformer: Ultimately why Tuvok and Paris are urged to work on the program together. Tuvok's precision and faithfulness to accuracy has resulted in a realistic scenario without strawmen or melodramatic pomp... but it's also bogged down in strict adherence to reality, necessitating Tom's more entertainment-focused moderation. (In theory, since we never get to see the outcome of their effort.)²* TemptingFate:²** Complaining about the holo-novel not having an ending, Paris says it's sadistic. Later he's put through Seska's version of Hell.²** B'Elanna rejects the idea that she might have a steamy romance with Tom as completely unrealistic.²* UnwantedAssistance: Everyone offering writing tips to Paris and Tuvok. Paris also treats Tuvok's offer as this, until Tuvok reveals that only he can rewrite the program.²* VitriolicBestBuds: Tuvok and Tom.²* WelcomeToCorneria: The program always starts with Chakotay approaching the player character in a corridor on the way to the turbolift and starting the same conversation.²* WhoWritesThisCrap: Paris's comment the first time he runs the program when the holographic Tuvok in the brig suggests that they might need to spend as long as a week observing their captors for weaknesses. "A week?! Who wrote this stuff?" This is a clue that he's in a training scenario, not a holodeck adventure where RuleOfDrama prevails.²* WinToExit: Once Seska gets herself killed courtesy of Tuvok's phaser sabotage, the program ends.²* WithAllDueRespect: Janeway to Tuvok, telling him to "loosen up".²* WriteWhatYouKnow: In-universe with Tuvok, as this was a training simulation. At the end of the episode, he notes that any future holo-novels will not be so close to home.²* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: InUniverse--this is how Paris wants to finish the program, much to Tuvok's disapproval.


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