Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
Warp Five 23: By Human Hands

Xenophobia and The Coalition of Planets.

When Enterprise began we all expected that—as a prequel to the Star Trek we already knew—the series might end with the founding of the Federation. Unfortunately the story was cut short and we never got to see those events play out. We did, however, get one step closer with the final two episodes set in the 22nd century, “Demons” and “Terra Prime.” In the aftermath of the Xindi scare many on Earth were understandably cautious about joining the galactic community. And in true historic form, this caution fueled the fire of racism and hatred.

In this episode of Warp Five Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss the central theme of the final two-parter—xenophobia—and how John Frederick Paxton’s Earth-first movement, Terra Prime, embodies the challenges that always have—and always will—stand between us and progress. We also discuss the final moments of character development in the series and whether these two episodes are the finale to Enterprise rather than “These Are the Voyages.”

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Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

Warp Five 22: The Irish Species Are Still Earthlings

Xindi Evolution.

The third season of Enterprise brought us not only the first true season-long arc in Star Trek history but also one of the most unique races we had ever seen—the Xindi. Unlike most alien worlds encountered by Starfleet crews, the planet Xindus gave birth to six different sentient races. It raised many scientific questions, but also gave the writers a virtual toy box from which to pull the pieces of their story. In this episode of Warp Five Christopher Jones and Colin Higgins discuss the six different races—or species—that called Xindus home, the probability that such a world could actually exist, parallels with Earth’s own evolution, what the concept brought to Star Trek and Enterprise, and how the Xindi—rather than being the enemy—can actually be read as a representation of ourselves.

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Category:Aliens -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

Warp Five 21: Zombies Cannot Be Reasoned With

Horror on Enterprise.

Star Trek has a great tradition of taking classic elements of horror and putting a spine-tingling, futuristic twist on them. The Original Series did this especially well, whether riffing on vampires in “The Man Trap,” possession in “The Lights of Zetar,” or even Jack the Ripper in “Wolf In the Fold.” As a prequel to TOS, Enterprise frequently dipped into horror as well—no doubt thanks to a fondness for the genre in series creator Brannon Braga. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss seven specific episodes of Enterprise that take classic elements of horror and put our crew through the frightening realities of exploring deep space.

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Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

Warp Five 20: The Dog at the End of It

Season One Highs and Lows.

When Enterprise premiered it was seen as an attempt to breath new life into a franchise that had produced fourteen years of stories set in the same time period. While The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager each had their own unique take on the 24th century, they shared the same Starfleet, the same technology, and the same crowded political landscape. By the time “Endgame” rolled around, there was—to many observers—a sense of fatigue creeping in. So changing the game by going back in time presented an opportunity to really shake Star Trek up. But it was risky, and whether it was a success or failure is the topic of much debate. Where did the writers and the creative team hit a home run? Where did they strike out? In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss the highs and lows of Enterprise’s first season.

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Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

Warp Five 19: Disarming Southern Charm

Charles “Trip” Tucker III.

In creating the cast of characters that would man the NX-01, the writers sought to recapture the spirit of The Original Series with a dynamic triumvirate. As with Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, this 22nd-century trio would include two humans and a Vulcan—and dash of Southern charm. Only this time, rather than in a doctor, that charm would find itself in a younger and perhaps less grumpy engineer. The formula worked well and it wasn’t long before Charles “Trip” Tucker III became a fan-favorite. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss Trip, how his Southern charm disarmed both the audience and his crewmates, his deep friendship with Captain Archer, and how his growth through experiences with new worlds and new civilizations led him to the most unexpected of places—a romance with T’Pol.

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

Warp Five 18: An Unexpected Connection

Continuity and Consequences.

When Star Trek premiered in 1966, episodic television was the norm. By the time Enterprise premiered in 2001, serialized dramas were becoming the standard. Today we expect stories that span a season or an entire series. We also expect that the events of one episode will impact those to come. For Star Trek fans, this is something that DS9 did brilliantly. So how did Enterprise, as the most recent incarnation of Star Trek on TV, build upon DS9’s example to meet the expectations for continuity and consequences? In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss various elements of Enterprise to see where and how the writers balanced the studio’s desire for self-contained stories with the need to build a rich and ongoing story that would keep viewers engaged over the course of the series.

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Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

Warp Five 17: Future Guy Is Jacob

The Temporal Cold War.

Resistant to the idea of a prequel series, the studio went in search of an element that could give Enterprise a futuristic storyline that would extend beyond Voyager. “The 22nd century is already futuristic,” you are no doubt thinking. And you would be right. But it wasn’t futuristic enough and so Brannon Braga dusted off an idea that he had been considering for a separate television show and The Temporal Cold War was born. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss The Temporal Cold War, its original form compared to the one it took as part of Enterprise, whether it would have been better off as its own show, and how we feel about the various time travel elements used in Star Trek in general. We also look at the different factions involved in the conflict and reveal the true identity of Future Guy. 

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Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 16: Misremembering Together

Season One Blu-rays.

When it was first announced that Enterprise would be released on Blu-ray, many fans wondered why Deep Space Nine or Voyager wasn't next. The answer, of course, was that Enterprise, having been shot in HD, didn't require the time-consuming restorations of the earlier series. So CBS could have easily pressed Blu-rays, thrown the discs into new packaging, and placed them on store shelves. Instead of taking the easy route, however, the studio went all in and produced some of the best extras found on any Star Trek release to date. Nearly ten years after the show left the air, the creation and production of Enterprise has remained a relative mystery. But that is no more. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh dive into the extensive special features found on the Season One Blu-ray set and discuss some of the challenges the producers faced in telling Star Trek's 22nd Century backstory.

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Category:Blu-rays -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 15: Klingons Don't Do Pretty

Klingons on Enterprise.

They're the best-known villains in Star Trek, born of The Original Series and appearing in every series and every film. Yet they're not the most fleshed-out alien race in Star Trek despite their longevity and rich warrior identity. Enterprise did wonders for our knowledge of the Vulcans. Could the series bring anything new to the Klingons? In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh take a look at the Klingons' eleven appearances on Enterprise and discuss how they were introduced, what the writers did with them in episodes like "Sleeping Dogs" and "Judgment," and whether it was really necessary to explain the lack of forehead ridges in The Original Series.

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Category:Klingons -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 14: A Point-of-View Character

Hoshi Sato.

The Universal Translator made communications easy for the likes of Kirk and Picard—but it wasn't always so simple. One of the many ways in which Enterprise sought to build a deeper connection with own time was in taking a more realistic approach to language. Much as The Original Series had a dedicated communications officer in Uhura, Enterprise gave us the same in Hoshi Sato. Only in the case of Hoshi, the writers also introduced us to the person who would be instrumental in developing the universal linguistics matrix that would power communications with alien races in the 23rd and 24th centuries. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh take a close look at Hoshi, how her childhood influenced her interest in languages, how she played the role of the audience in the series, and how she grew immensely during her time aboard the NX-01—even if it happened in the shadows of other characters. 

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 13: Moral Relativism

Archer and The Prime Directive.

Non-interference with developing cultures is a cornerstone of Star Trek. Starfleet General Order 1—or The Prime Directive as it is more commonly known—is the rule that guides the exploration of our galaxy. It is also the source of great debate both amongst fans and inside the Star Trek universe itself. Is it an absolute rule or is it a relative one? In terms of Enterprise that's a question that is just beginning to take shape. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss the precursor to The Prime Directive by looking at three key episodes that took Archer from Point A to Point Z—or at least Point T—as he worked through situations that would eventually lead to the development of Starfleet's highest rule.

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Category:Archer -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 12: The Power to Manipulate

The Sphere Builders.

They were a fascinating yet mysterious element of the Xindi Arc, thrown into the third season of Enterprise too late to be fleshed out yet early enough to have an impact on the battle for Earth's future. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss these quasi-Founder, quasi-Prophet aliens from another realm who played the Xindi for their own purposes. Why were they transforming our space? What was their ultimate goal? And how could they have been better utilized for storytelling? These are all questions we attempt to answer as we explore the realm of the Sphere Builders.

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Category:Xindi Crisis -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 11: Fighting for the Future

The MACO.

The idea of exploring deep space and taking a NASA-like approach to the cosmos is great, but Archer and Starfleet quickly learned that the galaxy is a dangerous place. Following the Xindi attack, purely military personnel were assigned to the Enterprise marking the an important shift in identity for United Earth's young space agency. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss the MACO, the impact their introduction had on the series and on Starfleet's mission, and why the debate over whether Starfleet is a scientific or military organization is not an either-or proposition.

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Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 10: A Victim of His Own Work

The Augment Arc.

The Eugenics Wars are one of those events from Star Trek history that we've learned very little about despite their extreme importance. During its fourth season, Enterprise revisited the Eugenics Wars and their aftermath in a three-part arc comprised of “Borderland,” “Cold Station 12,” and “The Augments.” In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss the trilogy, the brilliant performance by Brent Spiner as Dr. Arik Soong, how it plays into the great debate of genetic enhancement, why Malik is a poor man's Khan, and how the story excels in some areas while failing in others.

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Category:Augments -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 9: From Voyager to Enterprise

Robert Duncan McNeill.

Star Trek has a history of allowing actors to direct episodes. Often this comes in the form of a dual role on a specific series, but also familiar faces from one incarnation of Star Trek have gone on to helm stories in later installments. One such case is Robert Duncan McNeill, who not only gave us brilliant performances as Tom Paris but also brought a wonderful creative vision to both Voyager and Enterprise. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh are joined by Robbie to discuss the process of directing Enterprise, how he drew upon experience as an actor and director on Voyager, and about the overall artistic challenges and rewards of directing television. 

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Category:Interviews -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 8: Austere Yet Sensual

T'Pol.

Enterprise was set up to recapture the triumvirate of The Original Series; and having a Vulcan in that mix was only logical. In a pre-launch interview in Star Trek Communicator, Larry Nemecek described it this way: "Stoic rationality with a dose of paternal arrogance. The character of Sub-Commander T'Pol embodies everything humans have come to feel about Vulcans in the short span since Zefram Cochrane and first contact." And that's just who she was—at first. But over the course of four seasons T'Pol became so much more, shifting from the world of her Vulcan roots to that of her human crewmates. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh take a close look at T'Pol, the process of casting Jolene Blalock, the challenges of recapturing Vulcan, the key turning points on her journey, and some of our favourite T'Pol moments.

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 7: Welcome to the Menagerie

Inside Phlox’s Sickbay.

Dr. Crusher used fancy Starfleet technology to solve medical puzzles. Dr. Bashir used those things too—along with his genetical enhanced mind. Practicing medicine in the 24th century seemed to be mostly about teching the biotech. But for those of us who grew up with TOS, Dr. McCoy’s ability to come up with unique solutions, or eyeball the mixture of an elixir, gave us the feeling that medicine was also going where no one had gone before. With Enterprise the idea of frontier medicine returned as Dr. Phlox solved problems the old-fashioned way: with nature.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh take a look inside Phlox’s sickbay. The joint is a literal menagerie—only the animals here aren’t merely for show. These critters are put to work to cure all sorts of ailments that afflict the crew as they explore alien worlds for the very first time. Plus, we learn why broth is one of the most important things on the ship. 

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Category:Phlox -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 6: Drexler! Drexler! Drexler!

Doug Drexler.

The creative challenge of designing a ship that would be retro within the Star Trek universe yet still accessible to our modern technological sensibilities was a huge challenge. And when efforts to settle on a concept came to a stalemate, they called in the big gun: Doug Drexler. The Academy Award-winning makeup artist and Emmy Award-winning visual effects designer whose hand can be seen across every corner of the Star Trek franchise solved the problem and brought us the NX-01. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh are joined by Doug to talk about how the first Enterprise came to be, about the refit that we might have seen had the show continued, as well as his lifelong love affair with Trek and his work on the various series—including makeup work on TNG’s “The Inner Light.” We also touch on the possibility of Enterprise returning for a fifth season on Netflix, something Doug has avidly supported. Now read the show title in Michael Dorn’s voice and hop aboard for a fascinating discussion!

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Category:Interviews -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 5: Bridging the Gap

An Enterprise Sampler.

Many Star Trek fans who are viewing Enterprise for the first time—or those who are returning for a rewatch after many years—ask us for episode recommendations. They want to know which episodes best represent the spirit of Enterprise. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh share their picks for the stories that best capture the tone of the show, its goal in bridging the gap between our own time and the early days of Starfleet as well as the gap between Archer’s time and Kirk’s, and that plant the seeds for the Star Trek that we all know and love. Did we choose any of your favourites? 

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Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

4: Climbing On the Ceiling

The Suliban.

Each series has its signature villain, though it may not be the foe originally intended to be the thorn in our heroes’ sides. The Ferengi were set up as the baddies on TNG. On Voyager it was the Kazon. And on DS9 it was… Rumpelstiltskin? When Archer set off on his first mission aboard the NX-01 he crossed paths with the flexible, yellow-skinned antagonists of Enterprise—the Suliban. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh examine the Suliban to uncover their role in the series, how well they were utilised, whether they were terrorists or pawns, and if they were creatively at odds with the basic concept of the show.

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Category:Aliens -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Captain Archer.

Before there was Picard, Sisko, Janeway, or even Kirk, there was Archer. When it came to casting the captain of Starfleet’s first Warp 5 vessel, Scott Bakula was the more than just a person of interest—he was the prize. And they got him. Despite his established geek cred as Quantum Leap’s Sam Beckett, reception of Bakula’s Jonathan Archer by fans and media was lukewarm. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh take a close look at Captain Archer, his role in leading Earth into the galactic community, and why Scott Bakula was the ideal choice for portraying a leader who is naturally much more like us than the intrepid leaders of the 23rd and 24th centuries. 

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

2: An Extrapolation

Brannon Braga Talks Enterprise.

He started his career with Star Trek as an intern on The Next Generation and went on to become one of the most influential creatives behind the evolution of the franchise, penning the classic “All Good Things…” as well as Generations and First Contact before moving on to Voyager. Brannon Braga is responsible for some of Star Trek’s most memorable voyages, and in 2000 he teamed up with Rick Berman to develop the most unique of the Star Trek series—a prequel called simply Enterprise. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh are joined by Brannon to discuss the creation of Enterprise, the handling of the Vulcans, the challenge of writing a prequel, and we even learn about the original ending of the fan favourite “Dear Doctor.” 

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Category:Interviews -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

1: Seeing It All for the First Time

Launching Enterprise with Dave Rossi.

When talk began about the series to follow Voyager, there was plenty of speculation to go around. The most common theories involved an Excelsior series starring George Takei and one set at Starfleet Academy. When it came down from the studio that we would be getting a prequel, the fan base was divided—and it remains so to this day. Enterprise is without a doubt the most unique Star Trek series and the most maligned, yet it’s a hidden gem that many fans are finally discovering for the first time.

In this, the premiere episode of Trek.fm’s dedicated Enterprise show, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh are joined by Associate Producer Dave Rossi to discuss the creation and launch of the show, our expectations as fans going in, what the creative team wanted to achieve, and what the studio hoped for. We also look at Enterprise both as a TOS prequel and as a general Star Trek prequel, and pick a few of our favourite aspects of the show.

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Category:Interviews -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

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