Archer was adequate, probably the weakest link save Mayweather, definitely the least compelling captain of any Trek series. I always wanted to see more humor from him, maybe like a typical closing scene between Kirk, Spock and McCoy.
Agreed in general, but he wasn't THAT bad. Expected a lot from Bakula, but the water polo wasn't the right way to go for the captain. LOL
He wasn't bad compared to typical Star Trek actors, but there were some non-captain cast members that outperformed him, with characters that were a lot more interesting than Archer. The actress that played Hoshi wasn't bad, just a weak annoying character. Tripp and T'Pol were some of the best characters in the ST history. They actually managed to make the engineer they guy you wanted the show to follow. I liked Malcom *because* he was so sterile. It wasn't a dry performance, it was actually the guy's personality by design. Dominic Keating is a good actor and did a great job. Phlox was indeed a good character and well played.
Aside from very good production, the main thing about the show is that it wasn't so utopian and easy. Shuttle pods to get around 99% of the time. Transporters were properly scary. LOL Bulkheads you could bang your head on. The ship had the feel of an actual Navy ship, not a cruise ship. No Prime Directive, no Federation, no holodeck, no shields (on the Enterprise at least). A single person couldn't run the ship on voice command. They had problems with communication, learning cultures and the show had the BEST treatment of Vulcans and Andorians. And they brought in the Marines when the real hand to hand stuff had to take place.