Star Trek: Voyager

Season 5 Episode 9

Thirty Days

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 09, 1998 on UPN
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Stardate: 52179.4
Paris defies a direct order when he insists on helping a people whose maritime planet is in danger of becoming uninhabitable.

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  • Thirty Days

    Thirty Days was a perfect episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character development for Tom Paris and the story was pretty awesome. It was also fun to see Willie Garson in this episode as Riga. The ocean world Voyager discovered was awesome and the underwater scenes were really stunning. Captain Janeway had to make some hard decisions but ultimately necessary. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Paris is sentenced to 30 days in the brig, and is demoted to ensign. Paris is writing a letter to his father. In the letter Paris describes what got him put in the brig. It all started when Voyager came across a planet that was nothing but a big ocean.moreless

    Paris is sentenced to 30 days in the brig, and is demoted to ensign. Paris is writing a letter to his father. In the letter Paris describes what got him put in the brig. It all started when Voyager came across a planet that was nothing but a big ocean. The settlers of this planet asked for help. The ocean was losing its containment field. Paris requests permission to take the Delta Flyer down under the ocean to find the problem. He comes back to Voyager with his findings. He then disobeys orders and goes under the Ocean again.moreless
  • ahead of its time in terms of special effects

    i was waiting for star trek to do this episode, apparently the original idea had surfaced (no pun) during the next generation era but obviously the technology wasn't available to do it justice

    but in 1998 they went for it, the ocean planet was brilliant to look at, it would look impressive in today's television, way ahead of its time, it won some awards as well

    Tom Paris is demoted and confined to the brig for 30 days, he writes to his father to explain the story. Its a good look at the tom paris character, i was happy with him in this episode, i think we needed to see tom rebel (personally i think he went from rebel to boy next door too quickly but lets not get into the character development or lack of it)

    good story, great special effects, not a bad episode indeedmoreless
Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

The Doctor

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Captain Kathryn Janeway

Robert Beltran

Robert Beltran

Commander Chakotay

Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson

Lt. B'Elanna Torres

Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips


Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Lt. Commander Tuvok

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: When the three ships attack, Janeway calls for Red Alert. but the lights on the bridge go to Blue Alert.

    • Nitpick: Kim says he will attempt to upload the interface, but since he is receiving data the correct term would be download.

    • Goof: Tom Paris has blue eyes, but young Tom Paris shown in this episode (around 8 years old) to have brown/black eyes.

    • Trivia: At the beginning of the episode, Janeway says to Paris, "Lieutenant Thomas Eugene Paris I hereby reduce you to the rank of Ensign, and I sentence you to thirty days solitary confinement." However, in Tom's dream, Janeway says: "and I sentence you to thirty years solitary confinement."

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Paris: Do the words 'cruel and unusual' mean anything to her? I'm telling you, Neelix, the inmates are getting restless. She's going to have a full-blown prison riot on her hands.

    • Paris: (after The Doctor treats his head injury) That's it? Aren't you going to run a neurological scan? Maybe I should be granted a medical reprieve.
      The Doctor: Your injury was what Naomi Wildman refers to as a 'boo-boo.'

    • Kim: What are you going to do, delete the letter? That would be pointless.
      Paris: At least I'm consistent.

    • (Tom asks everybody in the Delta Flier to stay and do repair work)
      Paris: What about you two?
      Riga: I'll stay.
      Paris: Seven?
      Seven: It is in my nature to comply with the collective.

    • Paris: You always go after the ones you can't have. What was it? First it was a hologram, then a Borg, and now the wrong twin.
      Kim: At least I'm consistent.

    • Seven: An efficient design.
      Kim: That means she's impressed.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Paris: When I saw that ocean today it reminded me of the first time I read Jules Verne.
      Janeway: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

      Referencing Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (pub. 1870). The novel follows Captain Nemo and the undersea adventures of he and his crew aboard the Nautilus.

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