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Old April 12 2013, 10:33 PM   #31
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Re: Archer's decision to strand civilians in Delphic Expanse

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Of course he made the only decision he could since in order to save humanity he had to make the meeting....

The struggle that Archer had to make is gut-wrenching
That's sort of like saying "I had to make an extremely difficult choice between choosing a chocolate or vanilla ice cream, but I'm severely allergic to chocolate. I chose vanilla, but boy did I agonize over whether or not it was the right call."

Because Archer had no choice - "only one choice" is no choice at all - the drama was necessarily stifled. It could have been rather more effective if there'd been a chance they'd make the meeting on time, but couldn't be sure, and stole fuel to better their odds.
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Old April 12 2013, 10:39 PM   #32
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Re: Archer's decision to strand civilians in Delphic Expanse

Admittedly I'd probably be a lot harder in that scenario. In this one... sure he did something bad... but yeah... he kinda had to or else. It sucks. He even knew it sucked before he did it. But the Death Sta-- I mean Xindi weapon blowing up Earth would suck worse.
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Old April 12 2013, 10:59 PM   #33
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Re: Archer's decision to strand civilians in Delphic Expanse

It's a shame they never got to follow up on this - like having these aliens join the Klingon Empire instead of the baby Federation of Planets, after their first encounter with humanity was such a disaster.
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Old April 21 2013, 05:37 PM   #34
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I pretty much took it as him sacrificing his own conscience for all of Earth. It wasn't right and he knew it wasn't right but Archer was essentially taking one for the team, (being the bad guy) in order to drive on with the mission. The Xindi mission was one that would change him for the rest of his life.
This. Unlike his real-world counterparts Archer never pretended that what he did wasn't wrong. And unlike his real-world counterparts Archer achieved peace via actually talking with the reasonable ones among his enemies.
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Old April 21 2013, 11:00 PM   #35
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Re: Archer's decision to strand civilians in Delphic Expanse

Honestly, I don't see archer having any other choice. If there had been another option, I think he would have taken it, but that was the only option at that point.
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