Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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. 

Direct download: wf-017.mp3
Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

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