||This was interesting in some ways, but I'm not quite sure about it. I don't understand Alice. Is the shuttle sentient? If so, why does she seem so keen on committing suicide? Even if she is, should Janeway allow a sentient shuttle to die in order to get a crew member back? They completely missed the last one. It would make sense if Alice really was trying to get home, and the 'particle fountain' (whatever that is) had been a form of wormhole or something similar. Perhaps she might accidentally lead Voyager closer to home, who knows? Still, it's handled well and acted well, despite avoiding the main question. Incidentally, I always thought a particle fountain was a sort of space elevator.