Re: Why was Archer such a terrible fighter?
Was it intention how the writers wrote Archer to be such a wuss? He kept getting his ass kicked!
Picard was a 60 year old man when TNG started and was a better fighter than him!
Also Archer was captured 28 times, that's probably a record.
If I had to guess it was to show how serious/threatening the antagonist of the week is and because killing redshirts by the dozens was already cliche.
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