I wonder how much of Archer's flaws can be laid at the feet of Bakula, and how much of it was the basic concept of Archer (prior to Bakula being hired), the writers and the directors? From viewing Bakula's other work, he doesn't just play the same basic character over and over. My biggest problem with Archer was his "golly gee, we're in space" moments. If this had been heavily toned down, but not completely eliminated, the character would have improved (imho). Archer should have been outside of our star system before, as a officer aboard one of Starfleet's prior generation starships. Never saw either as "jerks." I don't think that the Enterprise's primary mission was ever to be "the first representatives of humanity." Job one was to see what was out there, and find a way to get out from under the Vulcans. It would be easy to see the Human population and political leadership feeling stiffled by the Vulcans. From what the crew learned for the first time, it's pretty clear that the Vulcans weren't making any effort to educate the Humans on the state of the galaxy even in the immediate region of Earth. It was one of Archer's defining characteristics, you'd be ridding Archer of a important aspect of his early self. What would you replace the "hole" with? Porthos would have been better if he had been more the ship's mascot, instead of Archer's personal pet. Dump the Vulcan star charts, in favor of Maywhether having something of the guide role we saw with Neelix. Maywhether would know things that weren't in the Starfleet data base, personal stories, anecdotes, rumors he heard from dozens of alien species over the course of his life. And make Mayweather thirty years older. Disagree, both episodes, especially Dear Doctor, clearly display why the prime directive shouldn't exist. Phlox's advise to Archer in Dear Doctor was flawed, withholding a medical treatment because Phlox personally didn't want the society to move in a certain direction.