History Recap / StarTrekS1E14BalanceOfTerror

18th Sep '16 4:35:34 AM StarTropes
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* CombatPragmatist: Kirk and the Romulan Preytor, both. As noted below the Romulan is prepared to use the body of his dead crew to fake their destruction, and Kirk learns pretty rapidly from his earlier mistakes in confronting the Romulans. This leads to them ultimately acknowledging each other as [[WorthyOpponent Worthy Opponents]].

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* CombatPragmatist: Kirk and the Romulan Preytor, commander, both. As noted below the Romulan is prepared to use the body of his dead crew to fake their destruction, and Kirk learns pretty rapidly from his earlier mistakes in confronting the Romulans. This leads to them ultimately acknowledging each other as [[WorthyOpponent Worthy Opponents]].
17th Sep '16 10:51:21 AM passivesmoking
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* CombatPragmatist: Kirk and the Romulan Preytor, both. As noted below the Romulan is prepared to use the body of his dead crew to fake their destruction, and Kirk learns pretty rapidly from his earlier mistakes in confronting the Romulans. This leads to them ultimately acknowledging each other as [[WorthyOpponent Worthy Opponents]].
10th Sep '16 8:40:49 PM SteveMB
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* DueToTheDead: The Romulan commander orders the dead Centurion's body dumped into space along with a bunch of debris to [[PlayingPossum make it seem that his ship has been destroyed]] -- but he is clearly distressed about it, and [[TalkingToTheDead asks his late friend to forgive him]].

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* DueToTheDead: The Romulan commander orders the dead Centurion's body dumped into space along with a bunch of debris to [[PlayingPossum make it seem that his ship has been destroyed]] -- but he is clearly [[TheChainsOfCommanding distressed about it, it]], and [[TalkingToTheDead asks his late friend to forgive him]].
9th Sep '16 10:04:02 AM Morgenthaler
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** The Romulans, in this episode at least, were TheRomanEmpire [-IN SPACE-]!, as exemplified by Mark Lenard's dignified Commander character.

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** The Romulans, in this episode at least, were TheRomanEmpire UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire [-IN SPACE-]!, as exemplified by Mark Lenard's dignified Commander character.
10th Jul '16 1:46:56 AM Philweasel
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* FatalFlaw: The destructive capabilities of the Romulan plasma torpedoes give everyone an OhCrap moment, but it soon becomes apparent that it has very limited range.


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* PhlebotinumBreakdown: The Enterprise's phaser weapons burn out after just a couple of shots. Later a plasma duct starts leaking, but at least that time the ship had the excuse of already having suffered battle damage.
24th Nov '15 3:25:15 PM katrinahood
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* YouLookFamiliar: Mark Lenard, who plays the Romulan Commander here, would go on to play Spock's father in "Journey to Babel" and a Klingon Commander in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. Some fans humorously call Lenard's Romulan Commander [[SdrawkcabName "Keras" ("Sarek" spelled backwards)]].

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* YouLookFamiliar: Mark Lenard, who plays the Romulan Commander here, would go on to play Spock's father in "Journey to Babel" and a Klingon Commander in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. Some fans humorously call Lenard's Romulan Commander [[SdrawkcabName "Keras" ("Sarek" spelled backwards)]].
11th Oct '15 1:05:33 PM Morgenthaler
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** The 1957 WWII submarine movie ''Film/TheEnemyBelow'' [-IN SPACE-]! Even the bearing of the unidentified initial contact and the captain's maneuvering orders to the helm are copied nearly verbatim. The Romulan ship is cramped and has lots of piping and conduits in all background scenes. The Enterprise's phasers act like depth charges, and at one point the Enterprise and the Romulan ship both go to SilentRunning, fearing to ''talk loudly'' [[SpaceIsNoisy lest the other vessel hear them]].

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** The 1957 WWII submarine movie ''Film/TheEnemyBelow'' [-IN SPACE-]! Even the bearing of the unidentified initial contact and the captain's maneuvering orders to the helm are copied nearly verbatim. The Romulan ship is cramped and has lots of piping and conduits in all background scenes. The Enterprise's phasers act like depth charges, and at one point the Enterprise and the Romulan ship both go to SilentRunning, SilentRunningMode, fearing to ''talk loudly'' [[SpaceIsNoisy lest the other vessel hear them]].
23rd Jul '15 1:21:25 PM psionycx
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* {{Irony}}: Stiles's FantasticRacism. The ''Enterprise'' had more than its fair share of troubles with human and HumanAlien antagonists. This is not seen as any reason to start viewing ''all'' humans with distrust. That Stiles himself doesn't get this emphasizes his bigotry, since while Vulcans and Romulans are obviously related, they explicitly live on different planets.
1st May '15 6:19:11 PM Spotts1701
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* HeroicBSOD: Commander Hansen - his outpost is in shambles, his phaser crews dead, and the ''Enterprise'' is too far away to prevent the Romulan vessel from firing the killing blow.


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** Also when Stiles notices the leaking coolant in the phaser control room.
19th Apr '15 4:43:43 PM Wyldchyld
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* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: The Romulan symbol.


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%% * NobleBirdOfPrey: The Romulan symbol.
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