||When I first saw this episode I had the same kind of feeling when I first watched Battle Royale: "I can't believe what I'm seeing!" This episode plunges two characters into a very dangerous situation and continually ramps up the tension with brain implants and Paris gravely injured. This leaves the young and naive Kim to protect them both, not a situation you'd want to be in, and in fact the episode starts with Kim getting the crap kicked out of him. There's a Stargate SG-1 episode similar to this but The Chute is actually better. The episode keeps getting better and better, particularly the big reveal when Kim finally manages to get out of the Chute. I loved the fact that an increasingly agitated and aggressive Kim is trying to convince a horde of convicts that they can get out of the Chute "if we work together" (the most-uttered words on Trek?) and they're jeering and chucking stuff at him. Also, the quiet yet maniacal intensity of the one fellow prisoner who offers to help them reveals a lot about this hellish prison system. Excellent all round and well worth watching; it out-DS9s DS9.