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Recap / Star Trek Enterprise S 01 E 09 Civilization

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Enterprise makes covert contact with a pre-warp civilization that's suffering from a mysterious illness.

Tropes in this episode include:

  • Alien Non-Interference Clause: T'Pol introduces her shipmates to this concept.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • Archer sucks at lying to Riann. She calls him out each time.
    • Garos tells T'Pol that Archer is dead, then tells Archer that he's free to return to his ship.
  • Brick Joke: When Archer kisses Riann for real, she jokingly asks if his Universal Translator is on the blink again.
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  • Call-Back: Archer makes a quip about aliens landing in cornfields. Just like Klaang, Johnny-boy?
  • Call-Forward: The Malurians were later mentioned to have been wiped out in TOS's "The Changeling."
  • Exact Words: T'Pol points out that she ordered them to prepare to leave orbit, rather than leave orbit.
  • Forced Kiss: Archer does this with Riann when his translator conks out to cover while he restarts it.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: Enterprise disables the Malurian ship by beaming their mining reactor in front of them and detonating it.
  • Lizard Folk: Archer peels away part of a Malurian's prosthetics to reveal that they're reptilian.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Garos doesn't care about a few thousand Akaali deaths.
  • No OSHA Compliance: What caused the sickness in the first place—a highly toxic chemical leaked into the water supply.
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  • No-Sell: Enterprise's torpedoes don't work against the Malurian's Deflector Shields, so they use the above tactic with the reactor.
  • Not So Different: Archer says this about humans and Akaali, once technology has been removed from the equation.
  • The Scapegoat: Garos claims that Riann is blaming him for the disease since she and her people don't know any better—until it turns out that she's right.
  • Space Does Not Work That Way: Okay, how exactly would an acoustic relay work in space?
  • The Triple: T'Pol shows Archer three objects of interest—a supernova remnant, a trinary neutron star cluster, and a planet with 500 million inhabitants. Naturally, our heroes get the most excited over the last one.
    Archer: You might've put that at the top of the list.
  • Thinking Out Loud: Riann admits to this habit. Archer compares it to him talking to Porthos.
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  • Title Drop: Provided by Trip during The Teaser:
    "If our scans are right, it looks like there's a whole civilization down there."
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