Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Thirty Days 

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.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Willie Garson ... Riga
Ben Livingston ... Burkus (as Benjamin Livingston)
Alissa Kramer Alissa Kramer ... Jenny Delaney
Heidi Kramer Heidi Kramer ... Megan Delaney
Warren Munson ... Admiral Paris (voice)
Majel Barrett ... Voyager Computer (voice)


Thirty days in the brig for insubordination, newly demoted Ensign Tom Paris composes a letter to his father, explaining how concern for an ocean planet led to rogue actions that forced Capt. Janeway to lower his rank and throw him in solitary confinement. Written by statmanjeff

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"Thirty Days" was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series. Star Trek nearly swept the category that year. Also nominated were Star Trek: Voyager: Dark Frontier (1999)/Star Trek: Voyager: Dark Frontier (1999), Star Trek: Voyager: Timeless (1998), and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: What You Leave Behind (1999). "Dark Frontier" won. See more »


There have never been toilet facilities in any of the cells, in the brigs of starships, with the exception of the brig of the Enterprise-A seen in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, where the toilet emerges from a wall panel and is used as a seat. 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 MartinHaferSee 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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