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.)
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Despite its lack of popularity, this episode was one of only a few that were commemorated by Playmates Toys, with the launch of an episode-specific Voyager action figure release. In this case, the release was an action figure of the episode's hyper-evolved Tom Paris, complete with a phaser and his three mutant offspring. See more
At one point during his mutation, Tom removes his tongue, impairing his speech as a result. Yet when he asks the Doctor later to release him from sickbay, he clearly says "please". Without a tongue, he wouldn't be able to produce an 'L'. Also, his tongue can actually be seen on several occasions during that scene. See more
[Paris drinks some of Neelix's 'Paris Delight' blend
Ugh! Ugh! I wish Neelix would name something after me that tasted a little better.
Referenced in Zero Charisma
Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway See more