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Captain Archer and Mayweather are investigating a strange energy reading from the other side of a moon. The next moment they find themselves in a complex inhabited by Sulibans. The Sulibans are kept against their will by the Tandarans, who are in war with the Cabal, a Suliban terrorist organization. Archer and Mayweather are held prisoner because of trespassing, but Tandaran colonel Grat assures their release will only be a formality. While captain Archer is suspicious of the Suliban at first, he soon finds out they're innocent and makes plan to release them. Meanwhile Grat discovers evidence of Enterprise' earlier encounters with the Cabal. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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When Archer explains that he wants to help the Suliban prisoners escape, he likens their incarceration to that of Japanese-Americans who were imprisoned at Manzanar camp in California during the Second World War. George Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek (1966) and the first six feature films, was detained in such a camp as a young boy in Tule Lake, California. He documents the experience in his autobiography entitled "To the Stars". Takei's experience is also the inspiration for the Broadway musical ALLEGIANCE. See more »


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Referenced in Star Trek: Enterprise: Desert Crossing (2002) See more »


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Unusual Alliance
10 December 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While investigating a mysterious surge of energy with the shuttle-pod, Archer and Travis are captured by the distrustful and hostile Tandarans and sent to a detention complex in a remote planet. The warden Colonel Grat explains the misunderstandings, explaining that they are in war against the Suliban terrorist organization Cabal, and that the inmates are pacific Sulibans relocated temporarily for their own safety. He claims that he has no authority to release the earthlings and they should be sent to the central magistrate office in Tander Pride as a simple bureaucratic formality. However, Captain Archer discloses that the interns are hold imprisoned due to prejudice against their race and resolves to interfere in the fate of the Sulibans.

"Detained" is a reasonable episode with a story based on the prejudice of Americans against Japanese people that lived in USA after Pearl Harbor attack. I do not know whether the interference of Captain Archer and his unusual alliance with the Sulibans will have consequences in the future. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Detidos" ("Detained")

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