Day of Honor

|| Mission Review

Production Number: 172 (STV403)
Original air date: 9/17/97

Written by: Jeri Taylor
Directed by: Jesús Treviño

Guest Stars:

Shuttle Count: One destroyed (Season to date: at least 2)

Notes:

  • This ties in with the Pocket Books series "Day of Honor", and marks the first time that one of the Trek series has followed up something from the novels. A novelization of this episode, written by Michael Jan Friedman, will be available the same week as this episode.
  • Alexander Enberg (Vorik) was last seen in last season's "Blood Fever". Alan Altshuld (Lumas) was last seen as the the sandalmaker in "False Profits". Michael Krawic played Samuels in DS9's "The Maquis, Part I".
  • Tom and B'Elanna are attacked in a shuttle and must evacuate in EVA suits. Robert Duncan McNeill (Tom Paris) talked about the prop difficulties on Star Trek, in that Voyager keeps getting the most up to date equipment from Starfleet; his EVA suit was Michael Dorn's from First Contact.
  • TV Guide Information:
    "Torres finds that 'the worst day in [her] life' includes Seven of Nine's request for a duty assignment in engineering, a warp core breach, and being stranded in space with Paris."
The Stars Speak:
  • [[8/25]] Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna):
    I have just completed filming on the fourth episode called "Day of Honor". We try something that hasn't been done before in Star Trek history. Paris and I have a series of scenes while floating in space completely encased in space suits, like the ones introduced in First Contact. Boy that was an experience to shoot!
  • [[8/29]] Roxann Dawson:
    I just worked with a wonderful director named Jesus Trevino in a show that's going to be the fourth show airing called "Day of Honor" and it was a show that I was very prominent in and I loved working with him as a director.
  • [[8/29]] Roxann Dawson:
    You know, it's interesting because when I was told that they were going to try to start certain things with that and just sort of see where it went, the first thing I said to them, I said, "Well, make it difficult." I said, "Make it volatile. Make it not normal." I said, "You've got two strong characters with very strong egos. They're both outsiders. They're both rebels." I said, "This could be very interesting, but do NOT make this saccharine, you know?" I think they've done a pretty good job of it so far, but once in a while we have to get on them and make the phone calls and go, "You know, we need to add another little spark of fire here or whatever." But I think they're doing a good job and I just... And I just want to make sure that once... like, we have a very important episode coming up that we just shot called "Day of Honor." And I don't know how much Robbie will want to fill you in on it, but I don't want to tell you too much because it will take away from the surprise, but we get to know each other very well.
  • [[8/29]] Roxann Dawson:
    But it's very important, I think, because some women have expressed, at least in the letter that I've received, they go, "Torres doesn't need a man. It takes away from her. She's suddenly weak and she suddenly doesn't have any backbone and all of this stuff." And I'm thinking, for a modern day woman, for the only way for her to be strong, is for her to be alone? I don't know that that's necessarily right. I don't know if that sends the right message. (applause) I think the day we have our strong women be able to be with strong men in relationships that are non-traditional, that's growth... to me that is major growth. And I think that that's the kind of thing we're trying to attack with this relationship. To sort of redefine things. It should not weaken Torres. It should give her more strength and the same with the Paris character, hopefully. This is what we're striving for. Whether we'll achieve it, I don't know. But we're really trying to make this something different and something special.
  • [[9/10]] Jeri Ryan:
    Garrett's comment was, "Just be glad you're not an engineer, because they get all the technobabble." Then, the next script comes up and -Boom!- I'm an engineer.
The Producer's Pen:
  • [[8/27]] Jeri Taylor:
    [This is] a very unique episode right at the top that is going to slam Tom and B'Elanna into each other in a very literal sense.
Production Crew Comments:
  • [[9/19]] Rick Sternbach:
    Only a few of the core bits are transparent to photon spill from the M/A reaction. Foundation Imaging did a pretty spiffy job with the CGI; I especially like the split core hatch opening!
  • [[9/19]] John Ordover (Pocket Books Editor):
    Did you and Diane [Carey, author or the TNG DOH book] come up with the "Day of Honor" concept, and then manage to get them to work it into an episode as a tie-in?
    The story of how the books and the show co-ordinated is really not very exciting. Jeri Taylor and I were chatting about the stuff we were both working on, and when I told her about DAY OF HONOR she asked if she could "co-opt" the concept into a B'Elanna story she had already worked out.
    Actually, it wasn't Me and Diane Carey who worked out the DAY OF HONOR book series, but me and Paula Block.

As Lieutenant Torres reluctantly faces the Day of Honor, an ancient Klingon ritual which requires examination of one's behavior, the U.S.S. Voyager is forced to eject the warp core, and she and Paris must launch a shuttle to tractor it back. Soon, the U.S.S. Voyager is ambushed by the Caatati, a race almost completely assimilated by the Borg, who demand Seven of Nine as ransom. When the Caatati attack the shuttlecraft, Torres and Paris are left suspended in space and prepare to die, prompting Torres to confide to her crewmate that she loves him.

DETAILED REPORT As Lieutenant Torres reluctantly faces the Day of Honor, an ancient Klingon ritual which requires examination of one's behavior, the U.S.S. Voyager is forced to eject the warp core, and she and Paris must launch a shuttle to tractor it back. Soon, the U.S.S. Voyager is ambushed by the Caatati, a race almost completely assimilated by the Borg, who demand Seven of Nine as ransom. When the Caatati attack the shuttlecraft, Torres and Paris are left suspended in space and prepare to die, prompting Torres to confide to her crewmate that she loves him. -->

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