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2nd Mar '17 1:08:31 PM LtFedora
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* Understatement: When Rajiin asks Archer why he's looking for the Xindi, who have already attacked Earth with a WMD and are believed to be building something roughly analogous to a Death Star for their second attack, he says he wants to "resolve a disagreement."

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* Understatement: {{Understatement}}: When Rajiin asks Archer why he's looking for the Xindi, who have already attacked Earth with a WMD and are believed to be building something roughly analogous to a Death Star for their second attack, he says he wants to "resolve a disagreement."
11th Feb '17 8:50:46 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot:
** "A Night in Sickbay". Porthos contracts a deadly disease, the NX-01 offends a major galactic power, ''and'' the ship is stranded and need of a rare component... because Archer brought his ''dog'' to a sacred grove of ''trees''. At least Tucker and T'Pol lampshade it.
** "The Seventh". It seems weird that T’Pol's phaser did not have a “stun” setting. The way that T’Pol talks about “[[TheseHandsHaveKilled the despair of having taken a life]]” suggests that this was the only time that she ever killed. The Vulcan High Command must have at least one operative better-suited to a dangerous task -- particularly if the operative was not going to be equipped with a weapon that can stun. But if she did, there would be no plot.

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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot:
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CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: "A Night in Sickbay". Porthos contracts a deadly disease, the NX-01 offends a major galactic power, ''and'' the ship is stranded and need of a rare component... because Archer brought his ''dog'' to a sacred grove of ''trees''. At least Tucker and T'Pol lampshade it.
** "The Seventh". It seems weird that T’Pol's phaser did not have a “stun” setting. The way that T’Pol talks about “[[TheseHandsHaveKilled the despair of having taken a life]]” suggests that this was the only time that she ever killed. The Vulcan High Command must have at least one operative better-suited to a dangerous task -- particularly if the operative was not going to be equipped with a weapon that can stun. But if she did, there would be no plot.
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10th Jan '17 5:39:09 PM eowynjedi
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* TeamSwitzerland: Starting with Archer's position in the Vulcan-Andorian conflict, in which he proves willing to look at the Andorians' side (albeit in part because of his own FantasticRacism) and gets the respect of one of their captains in doing so. Season 4 solidly establishes this as reason Earth became the center of a Federation in which they aren't the most strong, technologically advanced, expansionist, or logical species: they're the only ones all of those species are willing to trust because they all have long grudges against each other, which puts humans in the position of mediators and people willing to look for an explanation beyond "they did it because we'd like to have another go at them."



* TeleporterAccident (but no {{Holodeck Malfunction}}s as they hadn't been invented yet. Unless you count [[MisterSeahorse Trip getting pregnant]].)

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* TeleporterAccident (but TeleporterAccident: But no {{Holodeck Malfunction}}s as they hadn't been invented yet. Unless you count [[MisterSeahorse Trip getting pregnant]].) The teleporter has only recently been approved for non-cargo use and hardly anyone trusts it--which turns out to be a reasonable fear when they beam up a guy and he ends up with [[BodyHorror rocks and leaves sticking out of his skin]] because he'd been lying on the ground.
28th Dec '16 10:03:59 AM StarSword
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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: In "Broken Bow", Hoshi says she doesn't think that Klingonese has an expression for "thank you", but ''The Klingon Dictionary'' includes the verb ''[=tlho'=]'' for "to thank" (in context it would be conjugated as ''[=matlho'=]'', "I thank all of you"). This may be Hoshi's mistake, but more likely it's a misplaced attempt to invoke LanguageEqualsThought.
26th Nov '16 12:45:18 PM LarryMullen
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* YouLookFamiliar:
** Creator/JeffreyCombs, a Trek regular, plays the Andorian Shran. J.G. Hertzler (General Martok from ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'') guest-stars as a Klingon defense attorney in "Judgement", then briefly appears ''again'' as a Klingon Bird of Prey captain (Hertzler makes a great Klingon). And [[IdenticalGrandson naturally Brent Spiner plays Dr. Soong]].
** Combs was one of the pirates in "Acquisition" along with Ethan Phillips (Neelix from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''), Creator/ClintHoward (Grady from the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Past Tense, Part II" and Balok from waaaay back in [=TOS=]' "The Corbomite Maneuver").
** Rene Auberjonois (Odo from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Colonel West from ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'') guest-stared as Ezral in the episode "Oasis."
** Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest) portrayed thirteen separate characters in twenty-eight episodes over four separate series; this was actually his first human role.
26th Nov '16 11:25:22 AM WillKeaton
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* looksLikeOrlock: The Na'kuhl.

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* looksLikeOrlock: LooksLikeOrlock: The Na'kuhl.
26th Nov '16 11:24:57 AM WillKeaton
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* looksLikeOrlock: The Na'kuhl.
16th Oct '16 5:24:57 PM eowynjedi
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*** YMMV. Most of the crew was fine with the idea on general principle, but when Archer's priorities got completely out of whack and he became obsessed with saving the hatchery at the expense of their mission (to save Earth from destruction by a Xindi Death Star), started making sacrifices that would leave Enterprise crippled, and began behaving like a tyrant, relieving his most trusted officers of duty and confining them to quarters for daring to point out that his priorities weren't what they ought to be, it became clear that something very wrong was going on. Life deserves respect, but sometimes the needs of the many (an entire planet with billions of people on it) outweighs the needs of the few (a couple dozen insectoid babies that they weren't prepared to care for or raise anyway).



%%* ConspiracyKitchenSink: Insinuated by "The Forge", "Awakening", and "Kir'Shara."

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%%* * ConspiracyKitchenSink: Insinuated by "The Forge", "Awakening", and "Kir'Shara."" Apparently, all the dickery the Vulcans play on the humans and Andorians has its roots in [[spoiler:reunification with Romulus]].
* ContinuityPorn: Season 4 is chock-a-block full of references to [=TOS=] and has encounters with the Organians, a Gorn, the Mirror Universe, and T'Pau.



** "A Night in Sickbay". Porthos contracts a deadly disease, the NX-01 offends a major galactic power, ''and'' the ship is stranded and need of a rare component. At least Tucker and T'Pol lampshade it.

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** "A Night in Sickbay". Porthos contracts a deadly disease, the NX-01 offends a major galactic power, ''and'' the ship is stranded and need of a rare component.component... because Archer brought his ''dog'' to a sacred grove of ''trees''. At least Tucker and T'Pol lampshade it.



%%* CultureClash

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%%* CultureClash* CultureClash: Frequently. Trying to shake hands with Vulcans, eating in front of Kreetassans, and a host of other first-contact mishaps.



* DependingOnTheWriter: Characterization can vary greatly between episodes, most notably Captain Archers varying tolerance for Vulcans.

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* DependingOnTheWriter: Characterization can vary greatly between episodes, most notably Captain Archers Archer's varying tolerance for Vulcans.



%%* DownerEnding: "Cogenitor"

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%%* * DownerEnding: "Cogenitor""Cogenitor" ends with the third-gender cogenitor committing suicide when they realize they'll never be able to experience the free life Trip showed them.



%%* EnemyMine: "Sleeping Dogs" (''Film/DasBoot'' InSpace!), "Shadows of P'Jem", "Dawn", "The Forgotten", "Countdown", "Zero Hour", "Storm Front", "United."

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%%* EnemyMine: "Sleeping * EnemyMine:
**"Sleeping
Dogs" (''Film/DasBoot'' InSpace!), "Shadows of P'Jem", "Dawn", "The Forgotten", "Countdown", "Zero Hour", "Storm Front", "United.""
** "Countdown" and "Zero Hour" have the [[HeelFaceTurn rebellious Xindi]] helping ''Enterprise'' fight the sphere-builders.
** In ''United'', Humans, Andorians, and Tellarites band together to stop the Romulans.



* FalseFlagOperation: In "Kir'Shara", Archer reveals that [[spoiler:the embassy bombing was planned by V'Las to give them a pretext for rounding up the Syrannites and keeping the titular artifact from being found]].



* FantasticRacism: A continuing theme of the show, as this {{prequel}} series dealt with mankind's initial reactions to new life and new civilisations. Early season episodes include the Suliban being [[TheWarOnTerror treated like potential terrorists]] because of the actions of the Cabal, the Vulcans' patronising attitude towards humans (and the human response to it), and [[WithFriendsLikeThese Commander Shran]] -- an Andorian who despises Vulcans and Tellarians, and even refers to his friend Captain Archer as "pinkskin". He refers to all humans as "pinkskins" -- did he not notice the variety of human skin? In "The Breach" Dr Phlox has to persuade a patient to receive treatment from him as the Denobulans committed atrocities against his species in the past, while Trip's attempt to help a repressed minority in a tri-gendered species has a tragic end. Virtually the entire fourth season touched on this trope in one way or another. Xenophobia on Earth increases after the Xindi attack, radical group Terra Prime tries to make political capital over the [[InterspeciesRomance Trip/T'Pol relationship]] by {{squick}}ing out humanity over the idea of Vulcan-human hybrids (even T'Pol's mother brings up "the shame" that such a mixed-race child would feel). And the whole {{Ubermensch}} thing naturally comes up with the genetically-superior Augments. And let's not even get into Vulcans shunning those who use their telepathic powers because they spread Vulcan AIDS...

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* FantasticRacism: A continuing theme of the show, as this {{prequel}} series dealt with mankind's initial reactions to new life and new civilisations. Early season episodes include the Suliban being [[TheWarOnTerror treated like potential terrorists]] because of the actions of the Cabal, the Vulcans' patronising attitude towards humans (and the human response to it), and [[WithFriendsLikeThese Commander Shran]] -- an Andorian who despises Vulcans and Tellarians, and even refers to his friend Captain Archer as "pinkskin". He refers to "pinkskin" (along with all humans as "pinkskins" -- did other humans; apparently he not notice the variety of human skin? missed Hoshi and Travis). In "The Breach" Dr Phlox has to persuade a patient to receive treatment from him as the Denobulans committed atrocities against his species in the past, while Trip's attempt to help a repressed minority in a tri-gendered species has a tragic end. Virtually the entire fourth season touched on this trope in one way or another. Xenophobia on Earth increases after the Xindi attack, radical group Terra Prime tries to make political capital over the [[InterspeciesRomance Trip/T'Pol relationship]] by {{squick}}ing out humanity over the idea of Vulcan-human hybrids (even T'Pol's mother brings up "the shame" that such a mixed-race child would feel). And the whole {{Ubermensch}} thing naturally comes up with the genetically-superior Augments. And let's not even get into Vulcans shunning those who use their telepathic powers because they spread Vulcan AIDS...



** Remember that Suliban Cell Ship that was capable of Warp 5, Cloaking and had a Tractor Beam, that they got in the Pilot? It took until Series 2 before they mentioned they were still trying to figure out it's technology, but still, it seems it was relegated to the Enterprise's junk drawer since they are ''never'' mentioned again.

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** Remember that Suliban Cell Ship that was capable of Warp 5, Cloaking and had a Tractor Beam, that they got in the Pilot? It took until Series 2 before they mentioned they were still trying to figure out it's its technology, but still, it seems it was relegated to the Enterprise's junk drawer since they are ''never'' mentioned again.



* GoThroughMe: In the Vulcan arc, Trip (in command while Archer is missing on Vulcan) places the ''Enterprise'' between the Vulcan and Andorian fleets to try and keep them from doing too much damage to each other.



* HatePlague: The episode "Singularity" has the NX-01 approaching a black hole for scans, and the closer they get, the more they started to suffer from this. It also contributed to SuperOCD.

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* HatePlague: The episode "Singularity" has the NX-01 approaching a black hole for scans, and the closer they get, the more they started to suffer from this. It also contributed to SuperOCD.this as their SuperOCD obsessions clashed with each other.



** However, in the end, the small bit of realistic genetics gets overshadowed by Hollywood inventiveness.Evolution (in simplest terms) is the accumulation of genetic traits and mutations passed into successive generations by natural selection and adaptation. In other episodes Phlox seems to understand the fact that as soon as you involve ''anything'' external to an ecosystem (technology, medicine...doctors) you are changing the parameters for selection and adaptation, however [[SelectiveObliviousness he doesn't seem to realize how this applies to the situation at hand]]. What is truly frustrating is that in nearly all other episodes Phlox actually shows a good understanding of medicine and ethics, so this drop into IdiotBall stupidity is particularly noticeable.

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** However, in the end, the small bit of realistic genetics gets overshadowed by Hollywood inventiveness. Evolution (in simplest terms) is the accumulation of genetic traits and mutations passed into successive generations by natural selection and adaptation. In other episodes Phlox seems to understand the fact that as soon as you involve ''anything'' external to an ecosystem (technology, medicine... doctors) you are changing the parameters for selection and adaptation, however [[SelectiveObliviousness he doesn't seem to realize how this applies to the situation at hand]]. What is truly frustrating is that in nearly all other episodes Phlox actually shows a good understanding of medicine and ethics, so this drop into IdiotBall stupidity is particularly noticeable.



%%* HumanResources: "Fight or Flight", "Dead Stop"

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%%* * HumanResources: "Fight or Flight", The repair station in "Dead Stop"Stop" grabs a crew member from any ship it repairs and uses them to power itself. Travis is narrowly saved from this fate, but the others they find are too far gone.



%%* LockedRoom: "Shuttlepod One"
%%* LostColony: "Terra Nova"

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%%* * LockedRoom: "Shuttlepod One"
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One" puts Trip and Reed in a stranded shuttlepod that's slowly losing power, and they hash out a lot of issues while waiting for death.
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LostColony: "Terra Nova"Nova" has the crew find a lost human colony that's been driven underground and despises their homeworld thanks to radiation and a misunderstanding.



%%* MedicalDrama: "Dear Doctor", "Stigma", [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman "Similtude"]].

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%%* MedicalDrama: * MedicalDrama:
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"Dear Doctor", "Stigma", Doctor" has Dr. Phlox confront an ethical dilemma based on Trek writers' usual poor understanding of evolution when they find a species with a genetic disease.
** "Stigma" is an [=AIDs=] allegory when T'Pol is found to have a disease contracted from mind-melding, which is described as "a deviant practice" by this era's Vulcans.
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[[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman "Similtude"]]."Similtude"]] is another ethics conundrum; when Trip dies, Phlox creates a fast-growing clone to harvest organs from.



* NeverTrustATrailer: Season 2 had trailers for three episodes ("A Night in Sickbay", "Cogenitor", and "Bounty") portrayed as light-hearted, sex-filled episodes. Sickbay was a disaster, and Bounty had the sex stuff as a cheap b-plot. Cogenitor, on the other hand, was very dark, but also critically very well received. "Cogenitor" actually tried to analyze the moral questions of oppression and whether non-interference is the best course of action, and is generally considered one of the few standout episodes from the first three seasons. Its just that fans look back and chuckle at how goofy the trailer looked.

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* NeverTrustATrailer: Season 2 had trailers for three episodes ("A Night in Sickbay", "Cogenitor", and "Bounty") portrayed as light-hearted, sex-filled episodes. Sickbay was a disaster, and Bounty had the sex stuff as a cheap b-plot. Cogenitor, on the other hand, was very dark, but also critically very well received. "Cogenitor" actually tried to analyze the moral questions of oppression and whether non-interference is the best course of action, and is generally considered one of the few standout episodes from the first three seasons. Its It's just that fans look back and chuckle at how goofy the trailer looked.



%%** Terra Prime for Humanity.
** The Syrannites are this for Vulcans. Subverted as it's revealed that instead of the [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters radical terrorists]] they're portrayed as by the Vulcan High Command, they're actually be a peaceful movement who desire to return the Vulcans back to the original teachings of Surak. [[spoiler: And they ''succeed'']].

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%%** ** Terra Prime for Humanity.
Humanity, a bunch of xenophobes who want to eject aliens and sever diplomatic relations with them thanks to the Xindi attack.
** The Syrannites are this for Vulcans. Subverted as it's revealed that instead of the [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters radical terrorists]] they're portrayed as by the Vulcan High Command, they're actually be a peaceful pacifist movement who desire to return the Vulcans back to the original teachings of Surak. [[spoiler: And they ''succeed'']].



%%* SpaceMarine: The M.A.C.O. unit.

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%%* * SpaceMarine: The M.A.C.O. unit.unit assigned to the ship in the third season. They wear dark uniforms, have a decidedly more military structure, are much more formal, and are there more or less explicitly to kick Xindi ass.


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* VillanousBreakdown: In "Kir'Shara," V'Las loses control of his emotions and starts shouting as his plans fall to pieces, noticeably contrasted with T'Pau's calm.
15th Sep '16 3:54:31 AM qx100
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** Hoshi also falls into the same trap in "Exile" - when a telepathic alien appeals to her and assumes a very human shape, she is eager to meet him and have him help them out, but when she finds out that he is a far less handsome and more alien humanoid, she becomes outright hostile and cold, despite how kind and compassionate the alien acts. Both she and Archer are instantly suspicious and hostile when they see he's not human and both have a "feeling" and then, of course, the plot rewards them when it turns out the alien is [[AbductionIsLove lying about his motives for doing so]]. The key point is that Hoshi and Archer only develop this "feeling" and become hostile based on seeing what the alien looks like, despite Hoshi being incredibly eager to meet him during the time when he was actually invading her mind and appeared human to her.
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