Trekathon 633: Natural Law (VOY)

January 28th, 2013

Tom Paris gets a speeding ticket.

OK, fine, that’s just the idiotic B-plot. Perhaps if the humor it was so obviously played for had worked I wouldn’t have been so annoyed.

The rest of the episode is pretty standard ‘noble savage’ stuff, with Seven of Nine learning another lesson about the ‘value of primitive cultures’. There are some nice portrayals of first contact anthropology, but that’s not enough to sustain the story. The final act, with the previously reasonable aliens turning colonialist, suffered from a bad case of the logic gaps. Maybe the very powerful starship could be allowed to leave before you start surveying your new area.

633 down, 104 to go.