Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast

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 MST

Season Three Retrospective Part 6.
   
Season three of Star Trek: Enterprise was an brave experiment of storytelling with the franchises first season long story arc. As a response to the events of September 11, 2001, the creators of the show wanted to take Star Trek in a new, darker direction.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandi Jackola, Patrick Devlin, and Brandon-Shea Mutala finish their season three retrospective. We discuss the episodes "E2," "The Council," "Countdown," and "Zero Hour." We also discuss Nazi's, mice, and series ending episodes.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:28) 
"E2" (00:04:14) 
"The Council" (00:18:16) 
"Countdown" (00:33:37) 
"Zero Hour" (00:46:37) 
Final Thoughts (01:09:11) 
Closing (01:13:03)
 
Hosts
Brandi Jackola, Patrick Devlin, and Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
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-133.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 3:10am MST

"First Flight," The Right Stuff, and NASA.
 
It takes a special kind of person to strap themselves to a large explosive device in the name of science and exploration, but that is exactly what the early test pilots for NASA's space program did during the space race of the late fifties and early sixties. Inspiring generations of would be astronomers, the story of these pilots would be told in the Academy Award winning film from 1983 called The Right Stuff. 


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Patrick Devlin, Brandi Jackola, and Brandon-Shea Mutala are joined by NASA employee Tim Robertson to discuss the influence that space exploration has had on Star Trek and its fans. We compare the film The Right Stuff to the second season episode "First Flight." We also discuss test pilots, astronaut training, "Gus" Grissom, and the Happy Bottom Riding Club.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:28) 
"First Flight" Recap (00:03:17) 
Thoughts on the Episode and Film (00:05:58) 
Tim's History With NASA (00:11:08) 
Some NASA History (00:15:58) 
Test Pilots (00:21:15) 
The Right Stuff (00:25:22) 
Tying it Back to "First Flight" (00:30:00) 
"Gus" Grissom (00:35:34) 
Final Thoughts (00:43:37) 
Closing (00:58:54)
 
Hosts
Patrick Devlin, Brandi Jackola, and Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Tim Robertson
 
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-132.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am MST

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. 

 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:28) 
Film Summary (00:05:29) 
The First Hour (00:06:22) 
Mister Jo (00:13:31) 
Toxic Masculinity (00:19:38) 
Tragic Young Character (00:22:51) 
Spoiler Warning (00:27:02) 
Walking Up the Ramp (00:27:24) 
Luigi (00:29:10) 
Differing Views of the Characters (00:34:10) 
Dynamite and the Height of the Union Movement (00:43:43) 
The Switchback Road Expansion (00:48:00) 
The Boulder (00:56:33) 
The Oil Pit (01:01:59) 
The Ending (01:10:20) 
"Vox Sola" (01:18:44) 
Sorcerer (01:20:22) 
Final Thoughts (01:21:06) 
Closing (01:29:38)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala, Brandi Jackola, and Patrick Devlin
 
Guest
John Mills

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)


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala, Brandi Jackola, and Patrick Devlin are joined by John Mills of Stage Nine to discuss the third part of our movie night retrospective. In this episode we talk about the French film The Wages of Fear from 1953. Find out if all the hosts loved the movie as Brandon-Shea, who puts this movie in his top 3 of all time.

Direct download: wf-131.mp3
Category:Movie Night -- posted at: 12:01am MST

The New Hosts and Their Favorite Episodes.
 
After bidding a fond farewell to Floyd Dorsey, Brandon-Shea Mutala passes the baton to the two new co-hosts of Warp Five. Loyal listeners may be concerned about the qualifications and Nerd Card validity for these new hosts, so we pause for a discussion where each hosts talks about their favorite episode from each season of Star Trek: Enterprise.


In this episode of Warp Five, host Brandon-Shea Mutala introduces you to your new co-hosts Brandi Jackola and Patrick Devlin. We talk about our plans for the direction of the podcast, feedback, and our favorite episode from each season.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:29) 
Feedback (00:08:00) 
Season One (00:15:25) 
Season Two (00:25:48) 
Season Three (00:31:21) 
Season Four (00:38:57) 
Recapping Our Lists (00:48:14) 
Closing (00:52:33)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala
Brandi Jackola
Patrick Devlin

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-130.mp3
Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 12:01am MST

"Damage" With Phyllis Strong.
 
The episode "Damage" from the third season of Star Trek: Enterprise was controversial for two plot points that took Archer and T'Pol into dark areas they hadn't been to before. The episode revealed T'Pol's addiction to Trellium D, the substance that was used to line starships and protect them from the anomalies that were scattered through the expanse. Meanwhile, Archer made the controversial decision to steal parts from a passing starship and leave them stranded, so that he could continue on with his mission of stopping the Xindi weapon.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala speak with the writer of the episode "Damage," Phyllis Strong. We talk about T'Pol's drug addiction, story comparisons to history, Archer going dark, Phlox's place in the episode, and if Phyllis would change anything after all these years.

Stay tuned to the very end for an important message from the hosts.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:28) 
"Damage" With Phyllis Strong (00:05:12) 
Trellium D (00:06:24) 
"Lethe" (00:23:00) 
Coventry (00:23:29) 
Archer Goes Dark (00:30:39) 
Any Hindsight Changes? (00:37:10) 
Phlox (00:39:10) 
Listener Questions (00:41:15) 
Final thoughts (00:57:29) 
Goodbye to Floyd (01:07:17)
 
Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Phyllis Strong
 
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) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-129.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 12:01am MST

Season Three Retrospective Part 5.
   
Season three of Star Trek: Enterprise was an brave experiment of storytelling with the franchises first season long story arc. As a response to the events of September 11, 2001, the creators of the show wanted to take Star Trek in a new, darker direction.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala are joined by Patrick Devlin and Michael Wong for the fifth part in our season three retrospective. We discuss the episodes "Hatchery," "Azati Prime," "Damage," and "The Forgotten." We also discuss asexual beings, red giant stars, smelting metal under water, and Archer's decision to steal parts from a passing ship.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:31) 
Feedback (00:04:08) 
Welcome, Michael Wong! (00:15:05) 
Hatchery (00:21:18) 
Azati Prime (00:39:32) 
Damage (01:07:14) 
The Forgotten (01:36:24) 
Final Thoughts (01:47:25) 
Closing (01:55:55)
 
Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guests
Michael Wong and Patrick Devlin
 
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-128.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 12:01am MST

NX-01 Movie Night: Sunset Blvd.
 
On the NX-01, Trip Tucker led the crew on their great adventure through the history of cinema with Movie Night. Over the course of Star Trek: Enterprise's four-year mission, Trip showed 13 films. The first, For Whom the Bell Tolls, was covered by us on Warp Five episode 120. Today, we look at the second, Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd.

In this episode of Warp Five, Mike Schindler and John Mills are joined by Brandon-Shea Mutala to discuss Sunset Blvd. We give our thoughts on the film, discuss the career of Billy Wilder, and ponder why Trip may have chosen in for Movie Night.

*This episode was previously released as Stage Nine episode 63.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:28) 
Sunset Blvd (00:02:56)   
Final Thoughts (00:41:55) 
Closing (00:44:32)
 
Hosts
Mike Schindler and John Mills
 
Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Production
Mike Schindler (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) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-s3.mp3
Category:Movie Night -- posted at: 12:01am MST

David A. Goodman Interview.

A life long fan of Star Trek, David A. Goodman began his career in television working for the multi-Emmy award winning show The Golden Girls. That experience would lead him to many more opportunities, including writing four episode for Star Trek: Enterprise. He would also become a consulting producer for the show. Goodman would go on to write for animation with Family Guy, American Dad, and Futurama, and he would also write three Star Trek books.


In this episode of Warp Five, host Brandon-Shea Mutala  is joined by David A. Goodman, writer of four episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise, to discuss his career in television. We talk about getting into the business on The Golden Girls, writing for comedy, animation, and drama, his Star Trek books, and his current work on The Orville.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:28) 
Welcome, David A. Goodman! (00:03:25) 
The Golden Girls (00:10:08) 
Was Comedy Where You Wanted to Go? (00:18:00) 
Seth and Matt (00:19:33) 
"Where No Fan Has Gone Before" (00:21:50) 
Preparation (00:24:43) 
"Precious Cargo" (00:27:32) 
"Judgement" (00:30:39) 
"North Star" (00:35:38) 
"The Forgotten" (00:41:10) 
The Books (00:43:58) 
The Orville (1:00:15) 
Listener Questions (01:08:50) 
Final Thoughts (01:13:26) 
Closing (01:17:50)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
David A. Goodman
 
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-127.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 12:01am MST

"Precious Cargo" and "The Perfect Mate."
 
After 729 episodes and movies in the Star Trek franchise, you are bound to have stories that are similar in plot, which naturally leads to a discussion of comparison between episodes that are similar. Two episodes that are very similar, but tend to be overlooked by fans due to their subject matter, are the episodes "The Perfect Mate" from Star Trek: The Next Generation and "Precious Cargo" from Enterprise. 


In this episode of Warp Five, host Brandon-Shea Mutala  is joined by Richard Marquez and Any Nelson of Early Grey to compare "Precious Cargo" to "The Perfect Mate." We also talk about, Krios Prime, difficult episodes to watch, the #MeToo event, Anthony Rapp, and choices.

Chapters
Listener Discretion Warning (00:00:00) 
Intro (00:00:09) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:37) 
Comparing "Precious Cargo" to "The Perfect Mate" (00:02:45) 
"The Perfect Mate" Summary (00:04:05) 
"Precious Cargo" Summary (00:04:54) 
Comparison (00:05:33) 
I Think You Are Disregarding Her Entire Choice (00:09:58) 
These Episodes Provoke Strong Reactions (00:14:13) 
What Picard Wants (00:16:52) 
What Riker Wants (00:20:30) 
What is the Difference? (00:26:12) 
#MeToo (00:32:47) 
This is Evolving Well Past the Comparison (00:38:03) 
Another Similarity (00:44:19) 
Pheromone Trope (00:45:40) 
Should We Move on to "Precious Cargo?" (00:47:30) 
Comparison to "Elaan of Troyius" (00:50:28) 
Final Thoughts (00:56:45) 
Closing (01:04:37)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guests
Amy Nelson and Richard Marquez
 
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-126.mp3
Category:Episode Comparison -- posted at: 12:01am MST