In a letter to his father, Tom Paris tells the story of the events leading up to his demotion to Ensign and sentence to thirty days in Voyager's brig.



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In a letter to his father, Tom Paris tells the story of the events leading up to his demotion to Ensign and sentence to thirty days in Voyager's brig.

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9 December 1998 (USA)  »

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First, and only, appearance of the Delaney twins, who have been talked about as far back as season one. See more »


When B'Elanna tells Tom that he's found a cause, he says that he never thought of himself as a "cause kind of guy". However, the pilot episode established that Paris had served with the Maquis. See more »


[first lines]
Captain Janeway: Lieutenant Thomas Eugene Paris. - I hereby reduce you to the rank of ensign, and I sentence you to thirty days solitary confinement. Take Ensign Paris to the brig.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Tom, the man-child, gets in trouble.
26 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Tom Paris was always a thrill-seeking, immature sort of man-child on "Star Trek: Voyager". In other words, instead of being an adult, he often acted like a 10 year-old in a man's body. This has created a lot of problems for him in the past and would seem to be why he is in trouble at the beginning of the show. He's apparently been demoted to ensign and is in the brig for 30 days. So what exactly did he do?

The show begins with Paris being placed in the brig. He begins to dictate a letter to his father and the rest of the show is a giant flashback. You then see Paris and Ensign Kim playing Captain Proton but fortunately this doesn't last very long and the story actually begins. Voyager finds a planet completely covered by ocean and is shocked when folks on the planet hail them. Apparently, there are folks living in cities under the sea! The Moneans are wary at first but soon warm to the Federation visitors. However, when Paris helps one of their scientists investigate why the ocean level is changing, the real problem begins--and you'll just have to see the show to see what I mean.

To me, this plot seems like a way for the program to address Global Warming or Global Cooling (I cannot remember which concept was in vogue at that time). Overall, it's interesting and it's interesting that for once, someone is more sanctimonious than the Captain!

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