Why Slow and Steady Wins the Race in Social Media

A lot of the times, new business pop up and their owners are so excited about this new venture that they think they need to see quick growth on social media. This mindset may lead them to make some rash decisions such as buying followers or spending too much on ads. And it may look impressive to investors to have gained over 1,000 followers in under a month, but savvy investors know there's more to it than that. And the day-to-day consumer probably won't even pay attention.

Let's get this out of the way right at the front: Do not buy followers. No one knows for sure, but it's estimated that about 15% of social media accounts are bots. That's 15% of about 3 billion. So, if you had every bot on Twitter following you, it would bring your follower count up to about 450 million. Sounds impressive, right? It does right up until you realize that bots aren't buying your products or telling any real people about you. You could make the case that the high number of foll…

Star Trek: Asterisk "Terra Prime"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04S21
Air Date: May 13, 2005
Written by: Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens and AndrĂ© Bormanis
Directed by: Marvin Rush

The Enterprise goes after the very last human-based terrorist cell and its on-board spy operative.

Previously on Enterprise: Paxton, the ruler of the Terra Prime terrorist cell went to Mars and took control of a weapon of mass destruction. To be fair, it's meant to redirect meteorites to Mars' polar regions, but you know terrorist: always finding a way to make terror. So, he shot a hole in the moon and then threatened to hit Starfleet unless all of the non-humans left the Sol system.

But that's not all he said while taking over all the subspace frequencies. In the middle of Starfleet representatives working to form a coalition of planets, he showed everyone the result of inter-species breeding by putting T'Pol and Trip's daughter on screen and warning that Human DNA would eventually become diluted if we try to get along with humans. So, that's... pretty much all that baby had to do with his plan.
Ok, thanks, can I have my baby back baby back baby back?
Meanwhile, Samuels tells Archer that they have to destroy the Terra Prime facility on Mars, but Archer is reluctant because, for one thing, there are several innocent miners on that facility and, for another, Paxton is still holding Trip and T'Pol. Archer convinces Samuels to let him take a small team down to the surface of Mars and stop Paxton personally. And how do they do that without being detected? They ride on the back of a comet, obviously!
Back on the Terra Prime base, T'Pol studies the baby and finds that Terra Prime had gathered DNA samples  of T'Pol and Trip and from them created a binary clone. Not only that, but she's suffering from a fatal illness. Not only that, but the Vulcan is feeling feelings for the baby. Probably because of all the trellium. While she scans the baby, however, she sneaks scan on Paxton and finds that he's also suffering from a fatal illness and getting treated for it by an alien treatment. So he's basically a hypocrite. I mean, not that anyone is surprised by this.

Hoshi is back on the Enterprise playing empress again and standing by to destroy the facility if Archer fails. What's worse, though, is that Samuels is standing over her shoulder doing what diplomats do and misreading the situation in favor of works best for them. He's pressuring her to fire, but she's determined to wait for Archer to check in. Luckily he does. Right as he bursts through the door, he attempts to shut down the array, but a firefight ensues. And this is the biggest reason you don't want to fire weapons inside a space facility: You will inevitably hit a window.

Trip is knocked out during the fight, but Archer puts an oxygen mask on him. Meanwhile, while the room depressurizes, it's Archer against Paxton in an all-out fist fight. Archer struggles to make it to the controls before they fire, but Paxton is sure that he won't be able to decrypt the sequence in time. Turns out his right. At the last moment, the weapon fires. And misses. And there stands Trip triumphantly over the aiming controls.

Archer and the Enterprise take Paxton back to Earth in custody, but the Terra Prime drama isn't over. There's apparently still a spy on board and Tri'Pol's baby, which they've named Elizabeth after Trip's sister, is dying because the Human and Vulcan DNA aren't compatible. While Travis examines the shuttle they used to ride behind a comet, he discovers that it was sabotaged. And he discovers the only person who had access was a redshirt by the name of Masaro. Well, when Masaro finds out he's been found out, he phases himself in the head. So... that's that. No more spy.
Ensign Masaro: the only redshirt to kill himself on purpose.
At Starfleet Command, the mayor of Sunnydale brings all the alien species together and assures them that the actions of Terra Prime were not representative of all of Earth. And then Archer stands up and makes a grand speech about how awesome the galaxy is and how they have to stand together in an intergalactic alliance and explore the stars. Soval starts off the slow clap and eventually everyone in attendance gives a standing ovation.

And then Travis makes peace with his hot reporter friend who is a spy, but she's a spy for Starfleet.

Meanwhile, T'Pol and Trip mourn the death of their clone daughter. Turns out, there was a flaw in Terra Prime's cloning process. Phlox says there should be no problem for a Human and a Vulcan to have a baby together, but Elizabeth was just a victim of faulty cloning. And then Trip cries about the baby he never actually had.

Overall Thoughts
Don't get me wrong. The death of any innocent baby is tragic and upsetting. But Trip is not the kind to cry that deeply about a baby that isn't his. He might cry about it if it was actually his baby-making process that gave rise to the baby and if he had raised it since it came out of T'Pol's womb, but I don't buy him having connected to it so quickly under such stressful circumstances. Other than that, this episode was pretty good. Wiping out the very last bad in humanity while forming a coalition alliance that eventually leads to The United Federation of Planets. All in a day's work for the Enterprise.