ENT: A Choice of Futures by C. L. Bennett Review Thread (Spoilers!)
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June 26 2013, 05:13 PM
Re: ENT: A Choice of Futures by C. L. Bennett Review Thread (Spoilers!
My perception of S31 is that they started out in the 22nd century with reasonably benevolent motives and goals, but 200 years having no accountability to others and focusing on maintaining their own secrecy above all else had the inevitable effect of corrupting them and warping their priorities. So the S31 of the 24th century is far more "evil" than the one that recruited Trip.
Even so, I think you misread Archer's role in this. He's hardly an enabler. He tolerated Trip's intervention up to a point, but he feels that extralegal methods like S31's should be a last resort when all else fails, not an automatic go-to response to any crisis. He recognizes the dangers of S31's methods and believes -- correctly -- that their lack of accountability will lead them down a corrupt path.
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