Tom Paris has been demoted and sentenced to thirty days of solitary confinement in the brig – but just what can he have done to deserve it? It all started when Voyager came across a world made entirely out of water – a world that reawakened Tom’s childhood dreams of sailing the high seas.
Back when it first aired, a big deal was made of this episode. Not only would this feature a rare main character demotion, but it was also going to throw in some so-called ‘high-concept’ science-fiction with the water world. Is it no wonder I was really looking forward to it?
Unfortunately, I found Thirty Days disappointing the first time I saw it, and it’s still pretty pedestrian now. After the first couple of visuals, the water world isn’t nearly as exciting as I want it to be, and I care little for Paris’ story. Remember all those other times Starfleet officers and captains broke the rules and didn’t get demoted and stuck in the brig? Why is this one so special? Besides, if Tom’s lifelong dream was to become a sailor, why has this never been mentioned before? He loves piloting, classic cars and B’Elanna – up until now, the closest he’s come to liking the ocean is hanging out at the resort holoprogram or going jetskiing.
Points of Note
- This episode marks the onscreen appearance of the Delaney sisters, who have been mentioned from time to time as potential love interests for Tom and Harry. Having been uninterested in season one, Harry has now developed a crush on one of the twins, but it’s the other twin that fancies him.
- The Federation has a Naval Patrol.
Lost, crashed or destroyed shuttlecraft running total: 11
Possibly salvageable shuttlecraft running total: 7
Number of times the entire crew gets enslaved or kicked off the ship: 3
Number of times Voyager gets destroyed: 3
Summary – Thirty Days: Being in the navy was Tom’s lifelong dream.