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Recap / Star Trek Enterprise S 03 E 04 Rajiin

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Archer rescues a beautiful sex slave—who isn't what she appears to be.

Tropes in this episode include:

  • Alien Lunch:
    • An alien merchant offers Archer a little critter who can be either a pet or a snack.
    • Inverted when Trip and Archer sell human spices to an alien trader, which to him are an exotic alien delicacy.
  • Attempted Rape: T'Pol is nearly victimized by Rajiin, who tries to feel up the Vulcan's body.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: For no clear reason, the Reptilians don't bother to take out Enterprise either by simply leaving a bomb on a timer as they evacuate, or, by shooting it to pieces once they have what they came for. The council rightly call out the Reptilians for having provided the humans with a lot more data on the Xindi with their raid; this could have been entirely avoided by finishing off the Enterprise.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Reptilians invade Enterprise to recover Rajiin, and rout both the MACOs and Malcolm's security teams.
  • Decoy Damsel: The liberated sex slave Rajiin turns out to be an agent for the Xindi-Reptilians.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Rajiin has this effect on Archer. And Hoshi. And a Red Shirt who gives her his phaser.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Rajiin says that T'Pol "shouldn't have resisted" the Mind Rape. Gee, Victim-Blaming much?
  • Downer Ending: Rajiin is taken back by force by Xindi soldiers, despite a valiant fight from the Enterprise crew. They then disappear into a vortex, leaving casualties, a wounded soldier who promptly commits suicide, and a very unhappy Archer.
  • Fauxshadow: Early on, Archer is shown still recovering from the Loque'eque virus. Rajinn later scans not just him for the bio-weapon plot, but also Hoshi and T'Pol (who were also exposed to the DNA-altering virus). The intent appears to be to make the audience think the bio-weapon will have faulty data and therefore not work properly when it's deployed. However, the bio-weapon subplot goes in a much different direction and the scientists working on it never mention Rajinn giving them problematic data.
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  • Early Installment Weirdness: Both the MACO's weapons and the ships phase pistols are completely useless against the Reptilians as they simply walk onto the ship, grab Rajiin and walk off. This is certinally not the case later - and no mention is made of why their weapons were much more effective later.
  • Femme Fatale Spy: Rajiin was sent by the Xindi to gain information on Archer's species.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Rajiin is wearing a skimpy outfit when she's held by the traders.
  • Honey Trap: Rajiin was sent to seduce Enterprise crew members so she could gain scans of their biology for the Xindi to modify their superweapon.
  • Idiot Ball: T'Pol does absolutely nothing when she tells off Rajiin for breaking into her room, violating her personal space, or feeling her body up against her wishes. Though that might be due to Rajiin's telepathic powers.
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  • I Owe You My Life: Rajiin holds nothing back in expressing her gratitude to Archer.
  • Jump Cut: Used to show the memory loss of whoever Rajiin is affecting.
  • No-Sell: Phaser fire doesn't stop the Reptilians.
  • Not So Stoic: T'Pol when Rajiin tries to break through her mental defenses.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Rajiin only pretends to be a naïve alien, when she's actually a spy.
  • Red Shirt: The Xindi attack takes out several of Enterprise's security personnel, though it's not stated if they're killed or just KO'd.
  • Sex Slave: But she's actually a Femme Fatale Spy.
  • Spice of Life: Amusingly inverted; rather than spice IN SPACE!, they're ordinary spices being sold on a world where no-one had encountered Earth food before.
  • Tap on the Head: Rajiin breaks something over Trip's head when he finds T'Pol unconscious. Fortunately, he stays conscious enough to alert Security.
  • Unobtanium: Trip and T'Pol try to synthesize Trellium-D. Unfortunately, it's as explosive as the natural ore is rare.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Trip pays for the trellium formula with a set of Earth table spices, which is completely priceless for the alien chemist. Trip does mention that they weren't always so ordinary on his world.
    "On my planet, wars were fought over these."

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