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Old June 29 2013, 06:37 PM   #5
Re: Balance of Terror unbalanced - the Romulans never had any chance

If the Enterprise had a slower ftl drive and/or Kirk had reacted a few seconds too late the Romulan plasma weapon would've destroyed the Enterprise so in the first half of the episode when they were learning each other's strengths and weaknesses it was anyone's game.

The Enterprise was faster, had longer-ranged weapons, practically unlimited fuel but couldn't take a direct hit from the Romulan weapon.
The Romulan Bird of Prey had a more powerful weapon capable of destroying the Enterprise in one hit (if in range) and a cloaking device that made it difficult for the Enterprise to target her. But she was running low on fuel from attacking the outposts and using the cloaking device.
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