Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
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 MDT

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.

Direct download: wf-015.mp3
Category:Klingons -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

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 MDT

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