The episode was ok. I don't know about anyone else, But I for one expected the plot twist where the aliens turned out to be “nice” and the local gal, Elian, was full of it.
After Reed said he couldn't scan what’s under the shop, I imagined a whole sinister complex down there or the alien ship itself. And a sinister mining operation it was! No plot twist.
The malfunction of the universal translator was pretty much the high point IMHO. Despite its malfunction, it still seemed a little "too" high tech for this time period. At least it shouldn’t be that compact, how did Archer fix it so quickly? Were the batteries low?
[ November 15, 2001: Message edited by: TheF0rce ]
I missed parts of the episode, so I'm not sure how the translating was done. However, in the scene where Archer's translator goes out (which I managed to catch), it looks like he's holding his communicator to grab a speech pattern.
My impression from "Fight or Flight" is that the universal translator is a program in the ship's computer and not an actual hand-held device. Sato and Archer were talking about the need for Sato to actual be aboard the Axanar freighter since she could run the translator from the ship over the comm line. It would seem to me that the ship's computer does the translation and sends instructions back to the translating device the crew is using. The universal translator wands in The Original Series seemed capable of doing the translating on its own without using the ship's computer.
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Oooh, that would have been good. Like the Malurians are doing the duckblind observation thing and the poisoning thing is just an unfortunate coincidence. Ok, yeah, that would've made a better episode.
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quote:Originally posted by Proteus: I was certain it was a suliban. but why would a suliban need a mask?? hmmm
The most obvious piece of evidence that it wasn't Suliban (aside from the fact that they never called it anything other than Malurian) is that it had scales. Suliban, while mottled and textured, don't have scales.