Porthos - Friendly Beagle seen on the science
Porthos is the personal pet of Captain
John Archer (Scott Bakula), the commander of the Enterprise NX-01, the
first Earth experimental interstellar spaceship launched in the year 2151.
Archer is extremely protective of his pet and won't allow his dog to be
transported on the ship's transporter device (a new way of moving life
forms from one location to another via matter scrammbling). On the pilot
episode "Broken Bow, as crew members Reed and Mayweather talk about the
transporter, Mayweather informs Reed "Don't worry, from what I'm told, he
(Archer) wouldn't even put his dog through this thing."
When the ship's
Vulcan sub-commander T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) first enters the Captain's
quarters, she sniffs the air and senses something unpleasant. Archer
comments "Oh, I forgot...Vulcan females have a heightened sense of smell.
I hope Porthos isn't too offensive to you." T'POL responds logically but
with attitude, "I've been trained to tolerate offensive situations."
alone in his quarters, Archer affectionately scratches his dog's little
tummy and talks to him about the events of the day.
TRIVIA NOTE: The name "Porthos"
comes from the classic French novel "The Three Musketeers" written by Alexandre
Dumas. Porthos being one of the original three Musketeers (Athos, Porthos
and Aramis) who along with
newcomer D'artagnan battled the tyranny of Cardinal Richeleau.
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