This isn't really a nit as such... but when Archer plays his con about the tribuneral on the Retellian guy, he angrily declares "I'm not subject to your laws!" Huh? Why would he think that? Granted I have no idea how the 22nd century Retellians looked at law, but the NX-01 is clearly Earth territory. When you are on Earth territory, you are subject to Earth law. We've seen many times that Starfleet in all its various incarnations follows the policy that officers on foreign territory are subject to the laws of that territory. While I grant that it's possible that the Retellians believe otherwise, does it really seem likely that they honestly think they can go onto another species' territory, violate their laws, and then just shrug it off and walk away because the aren't citizens?
The whole Retellian "trial" scene was a bit silly, too. I wouldn't have fallen for it if I were him, and I can't imagine any reasonably intelligent person would have.
There are some things to like. Padma does a good job as the Princess, though she's a little wooden at times. One moment I do like is when Trip and the Retellian guy get into a fight... Trip punches him, and the guy just sort of looks at him, laughs, and proceeds to start beating hell out of him. It's a nice moment because it reflects a reality not often seen in Trek; alien species are likely to have greatly different degrees of strength and endurance, different "soft spots" on their body, etc. If you are fighting a known species, training can compensate - Starfleet certainly has classes along the lines of "hit a Klingon here, but a Romulan here. But when you get into a fight with an unknown alien for the first time, unexpected things are going to happen. Punching an alien only to suddenly find that actually his skull is five times thicker than yours is an amusing and realistic moment. You could equally play this very differently someday, actually; I read an old sci-fi book once (The First men in the Moon I believe) where at one point a Human character punches a Moon native... only to have his fist smash straight through the creature's skull, killing it instantly. Somehow I can't see that on Trek - for some reason the show almost always depicts aliens as being physically stronger than Humans.
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