History Recap / StarTrekS1E14BalanceOfTerror

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.
19th Mar '15 3:55:41 PM Premonition45
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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 [[SdraekcabName "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 [[SdraekcabName [[SdrawkcabName "Keras" ("Sarek" spelled backwards)]].
19th Mar '15 3:38:29 PM Premonition45
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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''.

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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''.
''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. Some fans humorously call Lenard's Romulan Commander [[SdraekcabName "Keras" ("Sarek" spelled backwards)]].
22nd Feb '15 2:30:31 AM PaulA
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This one is commonly regarded as one of the very best Star Trek episodes, of this or any other series.



** The original script had Commander Hansen on the doomed outpost note that the Romulan ship was similar to Federation design (saucer and two nacelles). This fuels Stiles' tirade about Romulan spies aboard the ship. It makes more sense as this line was spoken before the big reveal of what the Romulans look like.



** In a deleted scene, right before destroying the Bird-of-Prey, Kirk salutes the Commander, who replies with a solemn bow.
15th Feb '15 3:14:40 PM StarTropes
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* OhCrap: Everyone on the bridge (sans [[TheSpock Spock]], of course) when the Romulan ship decloaks and fires its WaveMotionGun.



** 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 silent running, fearing to ''talk loudly'' [[SpaceIsNoisy lest the other vessel hear them]].
** The Romulans, in this episode at least, were TheRomanEmpire [-IN SPACE-]!, as exemplified by Mark Lenard's dignified Centurion character.

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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 silent running, SilentRunning, fearing to ''talk loudly'' [[SpaceIsNoisy lest the other vessel hear them]].
** The Romulans, in this episode at least, were TheRomanEmpire [-IN SPACE-]!, as exemplified by Mark Lenard's dignified Centurion character.Commander character.
* RepeatToConfirm: "Phaser one...fire!" "Phaser one, fire!"



* ThatsWhatIWouldDo: Kirk about the the Romulan Commander. "He did exactly what I would have done. I won't underestimate him again."

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* ThatsWhatIWouldDo: Kirk about the the Romulan Commander. "He did exactly what I would have done. I won't underestimate him again."" The Romulan does this, as well.
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