Star Trek: Voyager: Season 7, Episode 22

Natural Law (2 May 2001)

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Chakotay and Seven of Nine's shuttle is crippled by an energy field and they crash on a planet inhabited by a primitive species.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Sandman ...
Ventu Girl
Neil Vipond ...
Kleg, Flying Instructor (as Neil C. Vipond)


Chakotay and Seven of Nine's shuttle is crippled by an energy field and they crash on a planet inhabited by a primitive species.

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Tom Paris: [receiving the instructor] It's an honor to meet you, sir. May I show you to the Delta Flyer?
Kleg, Flying Instructor: Why?
Tom Paris: Um... so you can explain what I did wrong and then administer the test.
Kleg, Flying Instructor: It sounds to me like you need lessons in patience as well.
B'Elanna Torres: [ironic] Oh, Tom is very patient, sir.
Neelix: [likewise] Never impulsive.
Harry Kim: Take all the time you need. He'll enjoy the extra attention.
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Written by Jerry Goldsmith
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Stranded in a stone aged culture
28 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While on their way to a conference Seven and Chakatay's shuttle crashes through an energy barrier and they find themselves stranded amongst a stone aged culture called the Ventu. While they attempt to avoid breaking the prime directive they find the Ventu are more helpful than they expected; helping them find the remains of the shuttle so they can lower the energy shield to beam out. In orbit Voyager also tries to find away through the barrier which they have been told was erected by aliens to protect the primitives from more advanced people, the Ledos, elsewhere on the planet who wanted to exploit the them. When Seven finally gets the shield down it is clear that the Ledos haven't given up their hopes of exploiting the Ventu and are willing to use force to prevent Voyager re-establishing the shield. In a light-hearted sub-plot Tom breaks local piloting regulations and is forced to take a pilot training course with an officious local.

The main story was pretty good, I liked the Ventu who communicated through a sign language which Chakotay tried to learn the basics of. The idea of having an advanced civilisation exploiting a primitive one was admittedly rather cliché but worked well enough. The secondary plot provided a few laughs especially when he abandons his class to remove the Ledos from Ventu territory while under fire.

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