After finding a type of dilithium which can survive at a higher temperatures, Tom Paris comes up with the ingenious idea of attempting to cross the transwarp threshold in an attempt to find a way to get home faster. After a bumpy start and the help of Torres and Kim, they succeed in a holodeck simulation. When it is presented to Captain Janeway, she is impressed and gives them the go ahead to try it, but traveling faster than warp 10 has never before been attempted. The first run goes very well. Tom Paris manages to cross the warp threshold which means that the shuttle craft in which he is traveling exists simultaneously everywhere. But Tom then disappears and Harry is unable to find him anywhere within five parsecs. Tom somehow manages to return to Voyager through subspace, but there are unforeseen side-effects of his transwarp travel and Tom begins to mutate. The doctor tries to treat him with a type of radiation that will prohibit cell mutation, however this fails and Tom dies. To ... Written by
Leila Reid (edited by Jeff L.)
Did You Know?
André Bormanis believed the first part of the episode, involving Paris breaking the warp 10 barrier, had similarities to a certain historical event. "It was a little bit of an analogue to breaking the sound barrier," Bormanis commented, "the famous story about Chuck Yeager
and the X-1 in 1947, finally breaking the sound barrier." See more
In "Threshold", Tom and Harry are trying to break the Warp 10 barrier. In the process they say its a theoretical impossibility and that no one has gone that fast. At least once in Star Trek
and Star Trek: The Next Generation
the warp 10 barrier is apparently broken, but this is either due to a reclassification of the warp speed system or means something else. At no point in any other episode did any starship travel at 'infinite velocity': The ships just traveled faster than they would usually be expected to under normal circumstances. See more
[Paris has come back from the dead
Wha... what's happening?
All of your internal organs are functioning again. In fact... you seem to have an extra one.
You have... two hearts.
Referenced in Zero Charisma
Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway See more