Star Trek: Voyager

Season 7 Episode 22

Natural Law

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 02, 2001 on UPN
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Episode Summary


Stardate: 54827.7
A strange energy barrier causes Chakotay and Seven's shuttle to crash on a planet inhabited by extremely primitive aliens.

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  • Natural Law


    Natural Law was a superb episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a great story about dealing with primitive cultures, Seven learned to appreciate the simple things, and Paris gets schooled! It was fun to watch the various characters in their interactions with each other, and the alien species they encountered. In the end every thing seemed to work out and important lessons were learned. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!

  • A simple yet profound concept marred by a few writing errors, but partially saved by great characterization and a fascinating plot line.


    *** Chakotay/Seven episodes are quite rare, and yet they complement each other well, so this was a rare treat. Their interactions are believable and in-character.

    *** Somewhere around season 5 the authors remembered that Chakotay is an anthropologist and began writing episodes that highlight it. This is one of his best: his dedication and resourcefulness when dealing with the Vantu is nothing less than spectacular.

    *** Seven's humanity reaches new levels in this episode. She shows her ability to be intuitive, adaptive, and to form bonds. These 'new' traits are never out of character: the authors have built her up to this point gradually and quite believably, and here is the result. Kudos.

    *** Good acting.

    *** The writers meant to say something serious with this episode: how naturalness is inevitably spoiled by human presence, and how the bigger will, in time, always eat the smaller. Hence the title. A fine choice and a good setting make for a well-developed story........


    *** .......which, however, has some serious problems. The civilization that colonized the planet is critically under-developed, as is the alien technology that had set up the energy barrier. Some more explanation would have been required for the episode to make more sense.

    *** Also, the secondary plotline with Paris and the flying instructor, while funny, detracts precious air time from the main storyline, which would have greatly needed a few more minutes: in the conclusion, for example, and in the relationship between Seven and the child and Chakotay and the tribe chief.

    *** The resolution is, as said, too quick and unforgivably simplistic. This is a much larger conflict than the episode shows (it has massive implications) and it should have been dealt with accordingly. Budget restraints, I suppose--but still.moreless
  • Chakotay and Seven are in a shuttlecraft on their way to planet Ledos. They will be attending a Warp Field Dynamics conference when they reach Ledos. Chakotay and Seven have some time on their hands, so they decide to see the beauty of a passing planet.moreless

    Chakotay and Seven are in a shuttlecraft on their way to planet Ledos. They will be attending a Warp Field Dynamics conference when they reach Ledos. Chakotay and Seven have some time on their hands, so they decide to see the beauty of a passing planet. It is beautiful. Chakotay wants a better view. So, he takes the shuttlecraft in for a closer look. The shuttlecraft runs into some type of energy barrier over the planet. The shuttlecraft loses control. Seven manages to save their lives. The shuttlecraft is destroyed. How is Voyager going to find them now? I rate this episode a 8.9moreless
  • Actually, this episode would have been the perfect oportunity to expand on the C/7 relationship...

    ...or the potential relationship, given what was to come in 'Endgame'... but the writers left a lot to be desired. While Seven's choice in men wasn't my choice for her, I could see the potential for the pair...and I think that the writers could, and should, have done more with this episode to ... well... more character development... & start their relationship even earlier than this... to show how the two could become romantically involved.

    Besides, how did Seven choose Chakotay, and not... say Harry, or someone else? Why now, later in the season, and not ... say closer to the season opener?moreless
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 (2)

    • Nitpick: The bag that Chakotay and Seven beamed out with was apparently empty, because when Seven opened it, she didn't take anything out, but did put a sizeable chunk of shuttle debris into it.

    • Nitpick: When Seven and Chakotay beam off the shuttle, they both have tricorders, and Chakotay has a bag. Yet they apparently didn't have phasers or a medkit. That equipment would typically be included when they grabbed the rest.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Chakotay: Well, if we have to be stranded somewhere, you couldn't ask for a better place.
      Seven: We wouldn't be stranded at all if you hadn't insisted on admiring the view!

    • Kleg: I'm sorry to inform you, Mister Paris, but you have failed this examination. You will no longer be allowed to operate a vessel within Ledosian space.
      Paris: Something tells me that's not going to be a problem.

    • Chakotay: Seven, are you all right?
      Seven: I need your tricorder.
      Chakotay: Nice to see you, too.

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