Porthos Scores His Own Episode!By Caillan
August 10, 2002 - 5:06 PM
See Also: 'Dead Stop' Episode Guide
With those adorable puppy-dog looks, it was inevitable that Enterprise's most popular non-humanoid would finally get a turn in the decontamination chamber. Yes, Porthos is the centre of attention the upcoming season two instalment 'A Night In Sickbay.'
In the episode, Porthos becomes sick after being infected by a pathogen on an alien planet, according to StarTrek.com. Although Captain Archer gives his beagle the full gel rub-down in the decontamination chamber, Porthos has to stay overnight in sickbay - with his owner in tow.
'A Night In Sickbay' finished filming Thursday under the watchful eye of director David Straiton. The 'Desert Crossing' helmer obviously hadn't heard the old adage about never working with animals or aliens - not only did he have to contend with the two dogs playing Porthos, but Dr. Phlox was showing off those Denobulan genes again. The official site promises both an optical effect similar to Phlox's out-of-this-universe grin from 'Broken Bow' and an up-close-and-personal look at the physician's feet.
Although the episode is set mainly in sickbay, the other NX-01 crewmembers aren't cut out of the action. The cast will reportedly ditch their regular uniforms for "contemporary but quite sharp-looking dark suits."
Regular Trek favourite Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest) was also on set to reprise his role as the Kreetassan from 'Vox Sola.' At Creation Entertainment's recent 'Real Deal' convention in Las Vegas, Linda Park (Hoshi Sato) mentioned she had to revist the season one episode to ensure consistent pronunciation of the Kreetassan language.
Enterprise executive producer Rick Berman described the episode as "very humourous" during UPN's appearance at the Television Critics Association press tour last month (story). "[Archer] moves into Sickbay the same way a mother will move into the hospital when her child gets sick, and it ends up being an 'Odd Couple' kind of an episode between the captain and Dr. Phlox. It's a lot of fun."
'A Night In Sickbay' is currently set to air sometime in October. The original report can be found here at StarTrek.com.