R. Star wrote:
As for why Archer became captain? Honestly I always attributed that to old fashioned nepotism, being his father designed the engine.
YES! That and the fact that science always needs to be made palatable to the masses by having a good story about it.
"Son of designer becomes captain" is a good headline.
I also believe that the first man on the moon was chosen for his all American and easy to understand last name. Buzz was definitively just as qualified. Its always all about the story....