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Recap / Star Trek Enterprise S 03 E 01 The Xindi

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"We are not performing another weapon test until we get extra rice with our dinner!"

After six weeks alone in the Expanse, Enterprise finally gets a lead that could help them find the Xindi.

  • All There in the Manual: The novelization identified the other Xindi-Primate as Mallora.
  • Apocalypse Wow: The Xindi homeworld has long since been destroyed, leaving behind an Asteroid Thicket.
  • Artistic License – Biology: So a primate and a reptilian have DNA that are as close as humans and Neanderthals? Okay... though it should be noted that Phlox said the comparison was a reasonable analogy, he didn't necessarily say it was 100 percent correct one.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: The Humanoids, Arboreals, and Reptilians are heard in English (probably the Translation Convention), but the Insectoids and Aquatics use clicking and whalesong, respectively.
  • Blatant Lies: T'Pol calls BS on every lie that the foreman tells her and has Malcolm prepare a rescue mission instead of waiting like the foreman suggests.
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  • Boom, Headshot!: The mine foreman is killed by a MACO this way.
  • Dirty Coward: Kessick tries to sell out Archer and Trip when they're caught escaping. This earns him a phaser rifle to the face.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The Insectoid representative threatens to destroy Enterprise himself, whether the council agrees or not. The season would later have Dolim, the Reptilian, leading the cause for destroying Earth, though the Insectoids remain pretty militant.
  • Exact Words: Archer asked Kessick for the location of the Xindi homeworld, which he provided with his dying breath. He didn't ask if the Xindi are actually still living there.
  • Fast-Roping: The MACOs do this during their Big Damn Heroes assault.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Literally—Archer, Trip, and Kessick have to wade through waste-deep sewage.
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  • Gravity Screw: In Cargo Bay 2. It's hinted that something similar had already happened.
  • Hyperspeed Escape: Enterprise manages to warp away from the mining planet before the foreman's ships arrive.
  • The Insomniac: Trip can't sleep because he has nightmares of his sister dying. This prompts Phlox to prescribe Vulcan neuropressure.
  • Instant Sedation: Averted for once in this franchise. Phlox has apparently been giving Trip time-delayed sedatives, but uses a placebo this time.
  • Inter Service Rivalry: Reed does not like Hayes. Not one bit.
  • Lured into a Trap: The foreman's dealings with Archer were all a setup to capture Enterprise and enslave the crew.
  • No Name Given: Kessick, the Xindi miner, is never referred to by name.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The atmosphere of the mine is full of toxic by-products. Not that a foreman who uses slave labor would give a damn.
  • Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: We are officially introduced to the Xindi Council at a moment of doing what they do best: argue amongst themselves.
  • Oh, Crap!: The look on Kessick's face when he, Archer, and Trip are caught during their escape attempt.
  • Sherlock Scan: Of an aural sort—Hoshi listens to Sergeant Kemper and determines that he's from Duluth, Minnesota.
  • Shirtless Scene: T'Pol takes off her shirt for her neuropressure session. She's still covering her breasts, but they're still bringing in the fanservice.
  • Space Marines: After Archer mentioned he was bringing aboard a contingent of soldiers, we meet Military Assault Command Operations (MACO) troops, lead by Majorly Awesome Hayes. Their first engagement in the Expanse is quite badass.
  • Unobtanium: Trellium-D is introduced. It ends up playing a major role in future episodes.
  • Villain Ball: Deciding that Archer and his crew are more trouble than they're worth, the mine foreman orders that they be taken to the surface and shot, rather than be shot now and tossed into the plasma.

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