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Thirty Days
Stardate 52179.4
Star Trek: Voyager, episode 103 (5.9)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

Kate Mulgrew   IMDB   Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran   IMDB   Commander Chakotay
Roxann Biggs-Dawson   IMDB   Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill   IMDB   Lieutenant Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips   IMDB   Neelix
Robert Picardo   IMDB   The Doctor
Jeri Ryan   IMDB   Crewman Seven of Nine
Tim Russ   IMDB   Lt. Commander Tuvok
Garrett Wang   IMDB   Ensign Harry Kim
Guest Cast:
Willie Garson   IMDB   Riga
Benjamin Livingston   IMDB   Burkiss
Heidi Kramer   IMDB   Megan Delaney
Alissa Kramer   IMDB   Jenny Delaney
Warren Munson   IMDB   Admiral Owen Paris
Majel Barrett Roddenberry   IMDB   Computer Voice
Paul Baillargeon   IMDB
Wilrich Kolbe   IMDB
Kenneth Biller   IMDB
Scott Miller   IMDB
Voyager Teaser #103: Thirty Days

Paris is confined to the brig after interfering with the affairs of an alien race.
Confined to 30 days in the brig, Paris composes a letter to his father explaining how he got there. He flashes back to the day Voyager's sensors detected an ocean in the shape of a planet. After Janeway communicates to the Monean leader, Burkus, that her ship means no harm to his people, he and Riga are beamed onboard. They explain that their people live underwater, farming sea vegetation and extracting oxygen for their ships, but now it is losing containment, and they don't know how to stop it. Paris requests permission to take the Delta Flyer to the center of the ocean, where the gravitational currents are located, and investigate.

After researching the Moneans' predicament, Janeway tells Burkus the ocean will suffer a complete loss of containment in less than five years. Meanwhile, deep beneath the ocean's surface, the shuttle crew encounters an ancient field reactor controlled by a core computer. As they upload information from it, the Delta Flyer is attacked by an enormous marine creature discharging an electrical current. It retreats when hit by a phaser, but the shuttle has already been breached, and water begins pouring into the cabin.

Once the leak is repaired, the shuttle crew determines the reactor core is unstable, so Paris initiates a power transfer as a temporary solution. Reviewing the uploaded information, he finds the ocean was once part of a landmass inhabited by a very advanced civilization. They used a kinetic transfer system to draw the water around the reactor, but it is not responsible for the containment loss. Instead, Paris determines it is the Moneans' mining operation that is destroying the ocean.

Janeway offers Burkus several solutions that would make the refineries obsolete, but he only plans to include them in a subcommittee report. Paris is distraught over the ocean's destruction and feels Burkus doesn't understand the magnitude of the crisis. Forbidden to disrupt the internal affairs of an alien race, Paris instead convinces Riga to take the oxygen refineries off-line, and the two commandeer the Delta Flyer.

Janeway immediately orders Paris to cease his mission. When he refuses, she prepares to modify a photon torpedo as a "depth charge" to stop him. Once they reach the reactor, Paris and Riga launch their missile at the same time Voyager fires. Paris' missile is deflected, and he is brought back to the ship and reduced to the rank of ensign. Once he finishes the letter to his father, he files it in his personal log to be sent when Voyager is within Earth's range.

By Dark Materia on 14 Dec 2002 19:18:42
The premise of this show is actually interesting with the Ocean planet and all, but the real issue here is Tom Paris being demoted and thrown in the brig for doing "the right thing". This decision would be correct if it had been any other captain than Janeway. I agree with Paris, cruel and unusual punishment for a minor misdemeanor. It does get an extra pip for the token alien sea monster.

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