Review – The Adventures of Porthos
When I was first starting to write Star Trek fanfiction,
I seized upon an idea to write about the five senses. More, More, More is about hearing; There’s Something About Hoshi is about touch; If You Can’t Stand the Heat is about taste; The Puzzle is about vision; and The Adventures of Porthos, as would befit a story where a dog is the star, is all about smell.
The story starts off with Porthos narrating the action. Because he is a dog, he’s not too communicative in terms of language. Instead, the world is divided into good smells and bad ones.
Most of the Enterprise is on the side of what Porthos refers to as good smells, everything from Sick Bay to the remnants of a cheeseburger that Hoshi ate for dinner. He listens to Captain Archer (Alpha) make plans about meeting a species called Azezans. Being Porthos, he doesn’t pay attention to every single syllable.
The same scene is then repeatedly normally, and the story goes on that way throughout.
Porthos sees action when it’s determined that the Azezans are being oppressed. Captain Archer finds their predicament uncomfortably familiar, but he is initially unsure as to exactly why that is so.
- The Adventures of Porthos on Trek BBS
- The Adventures of Porthos on Fanfiction.net
- The Adventures of Porthos on Ad Astra
- The Adventures of Porthos on Fictionpad
- The Adventures of Porthos on Wattpad
- The Adventures of Porthos on The G & T Show Forums
- The Adventures of Porthos in context
The story is Rated K.
I love dogs and I believe that they truly think quite a bit like this, paying somewhat selective attention and continually being distracted by the various aromas around them. They apparently understand some 200 – 350 or so words, so it would follow that a lot of what Porthos hears is just so much semi-random noise to him.
Furthermore, the emphasis on scents prefigures the Daranaeans, and the switching between the scenes was altered to great effect in Reversal. I like the story but don’t love it; the Alien of the Week plot could have been stronger, I feel. But the story had an unexpected, award-winning sequel, The Further Adventures of Porthos – The Stilton Fulfillment. And, as I have explained, it showcases some concepts and techniques that I have improved over time. I think it’s a decent older story.