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Recap / Star Trek Enterprise S 04 E 04 Borderland

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Enterprise is sent to track down a group of genetically-augmented humans.

Tropes in this episode include:

  • '80s Hair: The Augments' hair style - business in the front, party in the back.
  • Attack Hello: Two Orion interceptors attack Enterprise as soon as she enters the Borderland.
  • Call-Back: Trip finally gets to build a new captain's chair.
    "It comes with everything but its own protein resequencer. For that, I'll need another day."
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  • Calling Your Attacks: Malik announces his intention to attack Archer just before he actually does, just to prove that ordinary humans are no match for Augments. Apparently nobody told him that Archer being no match for anybody is one of his defining traits.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • During their briefing the other Enterprise officers are wearing civilian clothes, having been called back from their shore leave in "Home". Trip also tries to query T'Pol about what happened after he left Vulcan.
    • One of the aliens seen in the Orion slave pens is of the same species as Tarquin.
    • Soong makes several snarky quips regarding the recent fame of the Enterprise crew.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Klingons on the Bird-of-Prey are no match for two Augments, especially one who can Dodge the Bullet.
  • Custom Uniform of Sexy: Despite being officially made a Starfleet officer, T'Pol is still wearing her colorful catsuits, rather than the Starfleet-issue flight suits.
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  • Ensign Newbie: Jeffrey Pierce. His first tour of duty on Enterprise has him kidnapped and nearly sold into slavery. He's clearly freaked out over this.
  • Escape Artist: Dr Soong programmed a Padd to open every door in the prison.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Soong and his Augments clearly love each other.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: T'Pol bucks up a panicking Ensign Newbie.
  • Giant Mook: Played by The Big Show, no less. Becomes Huge Guy, Tiny Girl when he lifts up T'Pol while selling her.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: The famous Orion Sex Slave makes a reappearance. Soong is clearly Eating the Eye Candy as he talks of their legendary 'appetite' and 'skills'.
  • Identical Grandson: Word of God confirms that Arik Soong is an ancestor of Noonien Soong.
  • Immune to Bullets: The Augments can take a stun blast to the chest and recover in a few seconds.
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  • Instant Sedation: Played With when Archer injects an Orion with the off-button hypospray. The Orion tenses up, goes stiff as a board, wobbles back and forth for a few will-he-or-won't-he seconds...and finally goes down.
  • Just Think of the Potential: Soong's attitude to genetic engineering.
  • The Mutiny: Malik leads the Augments against Raakin and then kills him.
  • No Sense of Humor: How Soong feels about the Enterprise crew.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: A Klingon guard slams his rifle into Malik's chest...and gapes when the Puny Earthling doesn't even flinch. Next moment he's been knocked halfway down the corridor.
  • Room Full of Crazy: Played with; Arik Soong's prison cell is lined with his equations neatly written out on paper. He may be a Mad Scientist, but his thinking is entirely rational.
  • Rousing Speech: Archer gives a nicely understated one for their launch.
    "Here we are again. Wouldn't have it any other way."
  • Shock Collar: The neuraletic inhibitors on the Orion slaves.
  • Slave Market: Several members of the Enterprise crew are kidnapped and put up for sale on the Orion slave market. Orion slave girls are part of the merchandise, although in a later episode ("Bound") it's revealed that they're actually the ones in control.
  • The Only One: Justified for once. Enterprise is the fastest ship available, with the most experienced crew.
  • To Serve Man: Threatened by the Orion when nobody seems interested in buying Pierce.
    "If you don't sell as a slave, I will sell you as food."
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Raakin saved Malik's life when they were children. Malik repays Raakin by betraying and killing him.
  • Villainous Rescue: The Augments in their stolen Bird-of-Prey show up to save Enterprise from the Orions.
  • You Got Spunk: The Orion slaver tells T'Pol this before deciding to keep her for himself. She responds with a Groin Attack.
    T'Pol: I'm not for sale!
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Soong tries to establish a Commonality Connection with T'Pol and Phlox. Neither look happy about it.

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