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.”

Direct download: wf-023.mp3
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.

Direct download: wf-021.mp3
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.

Direct download: wf-018.mp3
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.

Direct download: wf-016.mp3
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. 

Direct download: wf-014.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 9:00pm MST