Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast

A Conversation With Dave Rossi.
 
Life often takes people down unexpected avenues. Case in point: Dave Rossi. He never intended to end up in Hollywood, working on his most favorite franchise, on the series with which he grew up. Not only did he spearhead the remastering of TOS, but worked for fourteen years straight on every incarnation of Star Trek from The Next Generation to Enterprise.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala, Patrick Devlin, and Brandi Jackola speak with Mr. Rossi on his Star Trek work and beyond. They discuss teaching Star Trek to neighborhood kids, favorite projects, continuity problems in Enterprise, and Dave's love of Superman. Brandon-Shea may finally find someone else who appreciates his second-favorite Star Trek episode, and perhaps they'll all swing by Deneb IV on their way to the Delphic Expanse to pick up The Backstreet Boys.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:29) 
Welcome, Dave! (00:04:17) 
TOS Remastered (00:09:23) 
Roles on TNG and Enterprise (00:27:40) 
When Were You Hired? (00:28:54) 
Mood of Season One (0:29:50) 
Favourite Project (00:37:50) 
Prequel (00:40:00) 
Discovery (00:45:18) 
Favourite Episode of Enterprise (00:47:31) 
Superman and Krypton (00:53:48) 
Current Projects (01:06:16) 
Underrated Superman Comics (01:08:28) 
Finding Dave (01:12:42) 
Closing (01:15:33)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala, Patrick Devlin, and Brandi Jackola
 
Guest
Dave Rossi
 
Production
Patrick Devlin (Editor) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer)  C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Joe Saltzman (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-143.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

Vulcans and the Path to Discovery. 
 
Vulcans have been a part of Star Trek since the first episode of the original series. Viewers spent decades with this race, feeling that they understood what Vulcans represent, and how they behave. Then Star Trek: Enterprise came along and showed us a different side of the Vulcans - a side which is also represented in Star Trek: Discovery.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala, Patrick Devlin, and Brandi Jackola are joined by special guest Nicolas Anastassiou. They discuss the similarities of the Vulcans in Enterprise and Discovery, ponder first impressions and perceptions versus fact, ruminate on whether Vulcans are without emotion, and determine if a future episode of the podcast will be The Search for Patrick.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:31) 
iTunes Review (00:02:36) 
Welcome, Nic! (00:14:58) 
Our Perception of the Vulcans (00:21:20) 
Tuvok (00:31:39) 
What it Meant to be a Vulcan (00:35:55) 
Held to a Higher Standard (00:42:44) 
More Enlightened Vulcans (00:52:20) 
Interacting With Humans (00:58:04) 
The Higher Ups (01:04:00) 
Final Thoughts (01:11:21)
Closing (01:20:55)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala, Brandi Jackola, and Patrick Devlin
 
Guest
Nic Anistassiou
 
Production
 Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer)  C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Joe Saltzman (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-142.mp3
Category:Vulcans -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

Warp Five Role Playing Game.
 
While all Star Trek series have focused on a main set of characters, every once in a while an episode would come along and show the viewers the lower decks of the ship, and what some of the less important crew members would be doing. Enterprise never got the chance to do this, until now... 


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandi Jackola, Patrick Devlin, and Brandon-Shea Mutala are joined by Dave Jackola of The Dark Corner Podcast for an RPG adventure set in the second season of Enterprise. Your hosts get to navigate the ship, evade energy beams, and use their tricorders to scan key lime pie.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:28) 
Feedback (00:02:52) 
Welcome, Dave! (00:06:42) 
Welcome, Brandon! (00:16:40) 
Game Start (00:17:55) 
Thanks, Dave! (01:04:00) 
Closing (01:11:51)
 
Hosts
Brandi Jackola, Patrick Devlin, and Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Dave Jackola
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer)  C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Joe Saltzman (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-141.mp3
Category:RPG -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

Season Four Retrospective Part 1.
 
Season four of Star Trek: Enterprise began with the resolution to the cliffhanger of aliens in Nazi uniforms that we saw in the final shot of "Zero Hour." How would the writers and producers resolve that plot thread, and how would the format of the show change now that the Xindi arc was completed? We begin a seven part series taking a look at the fourth season of the show by examining the stories and homages to TOS, which gave Enterprise the feel of the prequel that it was intended to be.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandi Jackola and Brandon-Shea Mutala are joined by Dan Davidson of the Trek Geeks Podcast to talk about the first part in our season four retrospective. We talk about the episodes "Storm Front," "Storm Front, Part II," and "Home." We also discuss Nazis, dinosaurs, Edith Keeler, and "shipping."

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:32) 
"Storm Front" (00:05:25) 
"Storm Front, Part II" (00:20:23) 
"Home" (00:32:18) 
Final Thoughts (00:48:50) 
Closing (00:56:25)
 
Hosts
Brandi Jackola and Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Dan Davidson
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer)  C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Joe Saltzman (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-140.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

Essential Enterprise Season 2. 
  
In every season of every Star Trek show, there are some episodes that stand out more than others — but which ones are essential to their respective shows as a whole? We continue our four-part series where we look at each episode of each season and determine if they are essential to the overall narrative of the show.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandi Jackola, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Patrick Devlin analyze the second season of Enterprise and select the absolutely essential episodes that they feel you must watch.

 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:28) 
Feedback (00:02:19) 
"Shockwave, Part II" (00:06:25) 
"Carbon Creek" (00:08:50) 
"Minefield" (00:11:09) 
"Dead Stop" (00:14:31) 
"A Night in Sickbay" (00:18:00) 
"Marauders" (00:22:25) 
"The Seventh" (00:25:30) 
"The Communicator" (00:27:00) 
"Singularity" (00:28:59) 
"Vanishing Point" (00:31:00) 
"Precious Cargo" (00:32:03) 
"The Catwalk" (00:33:15) 
"Dawn" (00:36:29) 
"Stigma" (00:38:20) 
"Cease Fire" (00:41:26) 
"Future Tense" (00:43:20) 
"Canamar" (00:45:14) 
"The Crossing" (00:46:53) 
"Judgement" (00:49:03) 
"Horizon" (00:50:29) 
"The Breach" (00:53:06) 
"Cogenitor" (00:55:28) 
"Regeneration" (01:01:26) 
"First Flight"  (01:03:26) 
"Bounty" (01:05:48) 
"The Expanse"  (01:07:48) 
Final Thoughts (01:08:56) 
Closing (01:14:41)
 
Hosts
Brandi Jackola, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Patrick Devlin

 
Production
Patrick Devlin (Editor) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer)  C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Joe Saltzman (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-139.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

NX-01 Movie Night: The Day the Earth Stood Still.
 
Friendship and fellowship is important for people's general health and well-being. All of the Star Trek series have shown some sort of interaction between the members of its crew on screen in varying ways. The Next Generation had poker, Deep Space Nine had Vic's lounge, Voyager had Sandrine's and the resort program, and Enterprise had movie night. Since the invention of home video releases of films, many fans of movies have participated in an event know as "Movie Night!" People gather together in a group, watch a movie, and then discuss the film in a casual conversation. Sometimes they even go out for a slice of pie while they discuss. 


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala,  Patrick Devlin, and Brandi Jackola are joined by Mike Schindler to discuss the 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still. We also talk about Hawaii, Jesus, friendship, and the films of John Carpenter.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:28) 
"The Catwalk" (00:03:20) 
Have You Seen It Before? (00:03:56) 
The Outsider (00:08:09) 
His Name Was "Carpenter" (00:10:00) 
The Woman and the Little Boy (00:18:49) 
Gort is a Giant Jerk (00:21:20) 
Mistrust leads to Miscommunication (00:23:06) 
The Remake (00:31:55) 
The Demonstration (00:33:25) 
Its not Going to Change Anything (00:35:23) 
Final Thoughts (00:42:03) 
Closing (00:51:43)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala, Patrick Devlin, and Brandi Jackola
 
Guest
Mike Schindler
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer)  C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Joe Saltzman (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-138.mp3
Category:Movie Night -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

Warp Five 137: The H.M.S. Enter^3
 
Writing the Borg Queen's Origin Story.
 
Star Trek: First Contact introduced a new and unique villain to the Star Trek universe when Alice Krige appeared as the Borg Queen. Some loved her as a villain, some didn't, but no one can deny that she left her mark on the franchise. Even Season 2 of Enterprise had an episode with the Borg, using events from Star Trek: First Contact as a launch point. Previously published novels have tried to address the beginning of the Borg, and other podcasts on the Trek FM network have written their own origin stories. Now it is time for Warp Five to pick up a pen and tell the tale.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Patrick Devlin, Brandi Jackola, and Brandon-Shea Mutala write an origin story for the Borg Queen using "Regeneration" as a launching point, and trying to stuff in as many Borg references from other Star Trek episodes as possible. We also discuss the difficulties of speaking English, word pronunciation, and paradoxes.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:30) 
Feedback (00:05:35) 
Writing the Episode (00:06:45) 
Closing (00:45:57)
 
Hosts
Patrick Devlin, Brandi Jackola, and Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Production
Patrick Devlin (Editor) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer)  C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Joe Saltzman (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-137.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

Evolution and The Xindi.
 
The Drake equation is a formula devised by scientists that is full of variables, and if you knew the value of each variable, you would be able to calculate how many civilizations are currently in the galaxy. However, evolution can take different paths, and what happens when evolution leads to multiple sentient species developing on a single planet? Enterprise proposes the idea of six sentient species evolving on one planet with the Xindi. However, could this actually occur? 


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Patrick Devlin, Brandon-Shea Mutala and Brandi Jackola are joined by Michael Wong and Emily Cutts, co-hosts of the Strange New Worlds podcast to discuss evolution and the Xindi. We also discuss intelligence, the Drake equation, and bananas.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:28) 
Feedback (00:02:43) 
Welcome, Michael and Elise (00:07:12) 
The Xindi (00:10:30) 
How Evolution Works (00:12:54)
A Pressure to Develop Intelligence (00:20:57) 
The Drake Equation (00:26:43) 
The Evolution of Consciousness (00:30:09) 
Speculation on the Xindi Homeworld (00:48:30) 
Final Thoughts (01:00:05) 
Closing (01:06:54)
 
Hosts
Patrick Devlin, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Brandi Jackola
 
Guests
Michael Wong and Elise Cutts
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer)  C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Joe Saltzman (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-136.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

Joelle Bekhazi Interview. 
  
Captain Archer sometimes feels like the most blue collar Captain, drinking beer and watching sports. In the episode "Vox Sola," we learn about his love for water polo, which is a sport that doesn't seem to be highlighted in the spotlight as often as other sports. 

Joelle Bekhazi was named to the junior national team at age 16, going on to compete at the 2005 and 2007 World Junior Championships. After moving up to the senior ranks, she helped Canada win silver at the 2007 and 2011 Pan American Games. Bekhazi was part of two major medal-winning teams in 2009 as Canada captured a first-ever silver in the FINA Water Polo World League followed by silver at the FINA World Championships. Among her individual accomplishments are being named to the All-Star Team at the 2010 FINA World Cup and earning MVP honours at the 2013 UANA World Championship Qualification Tournament. Bekhazi played collegiately at the University of Southern California. In her first year in 2009, the Trojans lost in the NCAA final but a year later they brought home the victory, making Bekhazi the first Canadian to ever be a part of an NCAA champion water polo team. 


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandi Jackola, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Patrick Devlin speak with Joelle Bekhazi who is a member of the Women's Canadian National Water Polo team. We discuss the training involved, where she has traveled, and the most challenging game that she played.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:56) 
Welcome, Joelle! (00:04:27) 
Final Thoughts (00:25:45) 
Closing (00:29:23)
 
Hosts
Brandi Jackola, Brandon-Shea Mutala, And Patrick Devlin
 
Guest
Joelle Bekhazi
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Joe Saltzman (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-135.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

Porthos.
 
The producers of Enterprise tried to make the new series stand on its own, and came up with interesting characters and plot points to set it apart from the series' that came before. One way that Enterpsie stood out was the cute and cuddly loyal friend of Captain Archer - Porthos the dog.  Brannon Braga and Rick Berman had always wanted to have a dog as a character that appeared regularly. However, they had been extremely worried that there could be a backlash against their decision to finally include a dog in a Star Trek series. 


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandi Jackola, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Patrick Devlin discuss the loving and loyal friend to Captain Archer - Porthos, his dog. We also discuss the real dogs that played Porthos, pets on the ship, the episodes he was in, and favorite appearances.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers (00:01:28) 
1 of 4 Puppies (00:04:18) 
Should a Dog be on a Starship? (00:07:42) 
Played by More Than One Dog (00:09:02)
Episodes With Porthos (00:12:25)
The Other Porthos (00:14:53)
Worried About Backlash (00:20:48)
Prop Dogs? (00:24:39)
1 of 4 Characters (00:27:02)
Novelization and Comics (00:28:39)
More About the Prized Beagle (00:30:56)
Porthos Interview (00:31:31)
Deleted Scenes (00:32:50)
Favorite Episodes (00:33:31)
Final Thoughts (00:38:21)
Listener Comments (00:40:33)
Closing (00:42:47)
 
Hosts
Brandi Jackola, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Patrick Devlin

 
Production
Patrick Devlin (Editor) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer)  C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Joe Saltzman (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: WF-134.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 12:01am MDT