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Recap / Star Trek Enterprise S 01 E 21 Detained

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Archer and Travis are captured by a species who are at war with the Suliban.

Tropes in this episode include:

  • Alien Lunch: Travis isn't too impressed by what the Tandarans call a "proper meal."
  • Be as Unhelpful as Possible: Archer refuses to cooperate with Grat once he realizes the truth of the situation.
  • Call-Back: Colonel Grat grills Archer about the event of "Broken Bow" and "Cold Front."
  • Children Are Cruel: The Tandaran children would sing a nursery rhyme portraying the Suliban as Always Chaotic Evil.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Enterprise disables the Tandaran patrol ships with one torpedo each, while taking negligible damage herself.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Internment camps for members of an enemy race, even though the captives aren't involved in the war? In case you didn't figure it out, Travis cites Farewell To Manzanar.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Tandaran attitude towards the Suliban. Even those who aren't with the cabal.
    • Ditto Aliens: His racism leads to this, since he clearly doesn't recognise that there's a Suliban there who shouldn't be. It's Malcolm Reed in disguise.
  • Gunship Rescue: Enterprise and the second shuttlepod come in shooting.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: The Tandarans beat the crap out of Travis. They're also pretty fond of their shock-prods.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Grat decides to keep Archer and Travis detained unless they provide information about the Suliban.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Archer decides to violate his own policy of not interfering with other cultures because of what the Tandarans are doing to the Suliban.
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  • What the Hell, Hero?: Travis yells at one of the Suliban for not letting go of his Fantastic Racism towards humans.
    Travis: I'll admit, when I first came here it wasn't easy to see past my preconceptions about the Suliban, but I did. Why can't you?
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