Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
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.

Direct download: wf-013.mp3
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.

Direct download: wf-012.mp3
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.

Direct download: wf-011.mp3
Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

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