R. Star wrote:
This was one of the better stories of season 4 and certainly could have wrapped up the series on a better note than a certain episode that shall go unnamed. Paxton made a compelling villain and there was certainly plenty of drama and conflict within the two episodes. Not to mention Archer gave perhaps his one good speech on Enterprise this episode.
The one major unresolved plot point that crossed my mind was, what about all the Terra Prime supporters that were protesting outside the foreign embassies? There were enough people that Soval remarked that humanity didn't seen ready to be joining nonetheless hosting such an interplanetary conference. Not to mention Nathan Samuels, who was a Minister of some sort, apparently had a prosperous and active political career despite his previous affiliation with Terra Prime, which would seem to indicate a lot of people were sympathetic or willing to turn a blind eye to the organization. Not to mention all the racist scenes at Phlox's expense throughout season 4 in the San Fransisco area indicates that sentiment supporting them is rather strong.
The major plot hole I see in this episode is... this is never addressed. Oh sure the good guys save the day again, the bad guy is captured, and Archer gives a good speech that apparently rouses all the foreign dignitaries so much they forget about all of this. But you seemingly have a significant percentage of the Earth population that is... against all this. So much for will of the people, I guess.
A good question because yoiu know the poblems persisted long after the events of Terra Pime.
I think that as far as the populace is concerned, the conclusion we are supposed to draw is that they have to work this out for themselves over time. The one incident with nut case, Paxton certainly wouldn't be enough to change the minds of so many.
One would assume that just like with Trip and Archer, continued contact with those you fear and distrust teaches that they are no different from us in most respects and therefore there is no reason to fear, distrust, or hate -- just as this is true in real life.
This is one of the reasons I so love Demons/Terra Prime. They are so subtle yet profound in their message about intolerance, keeping it wrapped in a classic Trek story.