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Archer To Take His Dog Into Space

By Christian
July 16, 2001 - 7:34 PM

Space can be hostile. But on his first mission, Captain Jonathan Archer won't have to worry about not finding any friends, as he will be taking man's best friend right with him on the Enterprise.

Sources suggest that Captain Archer will be taking his dog, Porthos, with him on the starship. On Saturday, it was already revealed that Paramount Pictures had registered the name "Porthos" as a trademark, giving it the exclusive right to create products such as action figures and mugs using the characters' name.

Porthos will first be mentioned in the Enterprise pilot, 'Broken Bow,' as two crewmembers talk about the transporter, which has only just been approved to transport life forms. The crewmen are still suspicious, saying that "The Captain won't even use it on his dog." At a later point in the episode, a scene starts out with Archer talking to someone off-screen, and the camera moves to reveal he is talking to Porthos.

The name 'Porthos' comes from the classic Alexandre Dumas novel 'The Three Musketeers,' where it was the name of one of the three musketeers encountered by D'Artagnan. In all likelihood, Archer named his dog after this fictional character.

Even though Archer wouldn't even trust the transporter with his dog, at the end of 'Broken Bow' he will have to place his own life in the hands of this new technology. According to an early May version of the pilot script, in the process of rescuing the Klingon, Archer is left behind in the helix ship of the Suliban. It is at this point that Archer encounters Silik's temporal chamber with the "advance echo" effect. In order to rescue Archer, Enterprise uses a transporter to get their Captain off the ship. This is a very big moment in the episode, as all previous references described the transporter as something that no one actually wanted to be transported with.

As previously reported, 'Broken Bow' will see a lone Klingon crashing on Earth and getting injured shortly after the crash. The Enterprise is assigned the task of taking the Klingon back to his homeworld, against the advice of the Vulcans, who feel this would insult the Klingons' honour. Shortly in the trip, the Klingon is kidnapped by the Suliban, who are after the information possessed by Klingon. Besides the above information, our sources revealed several more info bits about the Enterprise premiere:

'Broken Bow' is scheduled to air on the 26th of September. As usual, please be aware that Paramount has released no official information about the Enterprise pilot yet, and until then all plot info from unofficial sources should be treated as you would any rumour.

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