Day of Honor
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|"Day of Honor"|
|Star Trek: Voyager episode|
|Episode no.||Season 4|
|Directed by||Jesús Salvador Treviño|
|Written by||Jeri Taylor|
|Featured music||Dennis McCarthy|
|Original air date||September 17, 1997|
"Day of Honor" is the 71st episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the third episode of the fourth season. Roxann Dawson stars as B'Elanna Torres, chief engineer of the Starfleet spaceship USS Voyager. On a spaceship stranded on the other side of the galaxy, trying to make its way back to Earth the crew tries to make sense of their professional and personal lives.
It's the "Day of Honor," a time each year when a Klingon is supposed to reflect on themselves and their actions. B'Elanna is not happy about the day. She has to work with Seven of Nine, the Borg drone who's recently come on board, and she can't stand her. She has been hostile toward her friend Tom Paris lately, because even though she likes him and wants to be closer to him, she is uncomfortable accepting gestures of friendship. To top it all off, something goes wrong in Engineering and she must eject the warp core to save the ship.
B'Elanna and Tom take a shuttle out to recover the core. A Caatati ship reaches it first, though. The aliens put a tractor beam on it and prepare to tow it away. B'Elanna warns them not to tractor the core, since doing so is dangerous and could cause the core to explode, killing everyone. The Caatati try to chase them off, firing at their shuttle and causing a hull breach. B'Elanna and Tom have barely enough time to jump into spacesuits and beam themselves off the shuttle before it explodes. They float alone together in space and watch as the aliens take off with Voyager's warp core.
Voyager receives a distress call from the two lost crewmembers, who have a limited amount of oxygen in their spacesuits and need to be rescued. The ship is held up by the Caatati, who demand supplies in exchange for the warp core. The Borg-hating aliens also demand Seven of Nine.
As B'Elanna and Tom float in the vacuum of space, they begin to feel woozy as their oxygen runs out. As they start to fall asleep, they say good-bye to each other. B'Elanna insists she can't die without telling Tom the truth. It takes some effort to admit it, but she tells Tom that she loves him.
Back on Voyager, Seven of Nine has managed to satisfy the Caatati. She builds them a thorium generator, which will give them all the energy they need to power their ship's systems; they are so pleased with it, they give back Voyager's warp core and agree to let them keep Seven. With its propulsion back in place, the ship rushes off to rescue Tom and B'Elanna, who have fallen asleep in each other's arms.
"Day of Honor" was rated as the 16th best romantic episode of Star Trek, noting a focus on B'Elanna's love life.
The "Torres Trilogy":
- "Star Trek's 15 Greatest Romances". screenrant.com. 6 February 2017.
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