Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
Warp Five 61: Where No Boomer Has Gone Before

Travis Mayweather.

 

From the best and brightest that Starfleet had to offer, Travis Mayweather was chosen to be the first watch helmsman of the NX-01 because he was the most naturally gifted ensign trained for the position and logged in more deep space interstellar star hours than any pilot in StarFleet - from his earlier days as a "boomer"; a child born and raised in space on the ECS Horizon freight hauler, running cargo with his family until he joined Starfleet. He also was the first pilot to have been as far into deep space versus any other pilot candidate at that time.

 

In this episode of Warp Five, Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen discuss the merits and quality of the very first helmsman of the Enterprise legacy: Travis Mayweather. Was Travis the most naturally gifted pilot candidate from the graduating class of 2151? What did Archer see in him that was "special" and "unique," moreso than any other helmsman candidate in the NX-01 program? Please join us in the Decon Chamber for a fascinating study of Starfleet's very first Warp 5 pilot.

 

Host

Norman C. Lao

 

Guest

Will Nguyen

 

Editor

John Mills

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

 

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Introduction and Greetings from your New Host (00:01:06)  

Did Travis have the Right Stuff? (00:02:25)  

A Boomer of All Trades (00:06:39)  

Setting the Bar for Future Pilots (00:13:05)  

Archer as Mentor (00:19:20)  

Breathing life into Travis (00:22:46)  

Untapped Potential (00:31:30)  

Final Thoughts (00:40:11)  

Hoshi Station (00:48:00)  

Closing (00:56:04)  

 

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Direct download: WF-061.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 10:51am MST

Mind Melds in the 22nd Century. 

The Vulcan mind meld is one of the most iconic elements in the history of Star Trek. Next to the salute, it is probably the most recognized aspect of the Vulcan people. But the mind meld that we came to know through the TOS films, TNG, and beyond was not the mainstay throughout Vulcan history. There was a time when the joining of minds was viewed as a deviant act, something that should be avoided and a way of contracting a lethal disease.

In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Norm Lao discuss Vulcan mind melds as they are shown in the time of Archer, when Vulcans had strayed from the teachings of Surak. Was the view of this act as deviant behavior legitimate? Or was the stigmatization of mind melding merely a way for an oppressive government to control the populace? We explore the various aspects of this ancient Vulcan practice and how it changed over the centuries. 

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

A Twist of Mysticism (00:05:03)

A Deviant Practice? (00:08:20)

Controlling the Populace (00:15:40)

Beyond the Kir’Shara (00:27:31)

Final Thoughts (00:32:57)

Closing and Feedback (00:36:41)

 

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Direct download: wf-060.mp3
Category:Vulcans -- posted at: 2:23am MST

Warp Five 59: Oh My Gosh! We’re Not Ready for This!

Weaponizing Starfleet.

 

When we look into deep space, we see a grand opportunity for scientific exploration and learning. The thought of armed conflict with others who want to destroy us doesn’t guide the design of our missions. In the 22nd century, a similar view was seemingly held by Starfleet. The organization was, after all, an outgrowth of the United Earth Space Probe Agency, and as such leaned more toward a NASA-like approach than a military one. But as Archer and his crew quickly found out, the galaxy is a dangerous place. There is little room for naïve, wide-eyed explorers—at least not those who aren’t prepared to defend themselves.

 

In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Norm Lao discuss the gradual weaponization of Starfleet over the course of Enterprise, the threats Earth and the NX-01 crew faced, and how—in keeping with Star Trek’s optimistic view of a better future—mankind found a way to take up arms without crossing the line between self defense and militarism.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Chapters

Wide-Eyed Explorer Mentality (00:03:16)

Learning on the Job (00:08:46)

Where's the Diplomatic Officer? (00:15:03)

The Xindi Wake-up Call (00:23:03)

The Changing Nature of Exploration (00:29:42)

Weaponizing with Restraint (0040:26)

Closing (00:43:26)

 

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Direct download: wf-059.mp3
Category:Starfleet -- posted at: 6:00am MST

Warp Five 58: Never Transport on Wi-Fi

Developing the Transporter.

Even those who have never watched Star Trek know about “beaming” from place to place. A fictional technology originally created to deal with the reality of television budgets, the transporter has become known to pretty much everyone; and for Star Trek fans it’s part of everyday life. But in the 22nd century, transporters were used only for cargo. The idea of beaming humans around was a frightening one, and it took some time for the crew of the NX-01 to warm up to the idea.

In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Norman C. Lao discuss the early days of the transporter, the technology’s creator Emory Erickson, the early controversies and fears surrounding beaming, and some of Erickson’s goals that went unmet in the prime timeline but did surface in the Abramsverse.

 

Host

Christopher Jones

 

Guest

Norman C. Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Chapters

Transporters as Everyday Transportation (3:01)

Early Transporter Fears ( 8:13)

The Metaphysical Argument (23:49)

The Ethics of Transporter Technology (32:40)

Sub-Quantum Beaming (37:32)

Closing and Feedback (50:54)

 

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Direct download: wf-058.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 9:52pm MST

Warp Five 57: The Class of 2151

22nd-Century Starfleet Officers and Training.

As Star Trek fans, we're all familiar with Starfleet. But the organization we know from the 23rd and 24th centuries is much more that of a spacefaring civilization than the one we see on Enterprise. When fans watch Enterprise for the first time, they are often surprised that some of the officers aboard the NX-01 are uncomfortable in space. Hoshi Sato freaks out because of the direction the stars pass her window. Archer stumbles on his own words when introducing himself to aliens. These aren’t the Starfleet officers we’re accustomed to. But is it fair to expect them to be?

In this episode of Warp Five we’re joined by Norman Lao to discuss the world of the 22nd century, the early years of Starfleet Academy, and what the curriculum might have been like in those days compared to the eras of Kirk and Picard. What would be expected of Starfleet officers in 2151? How would real people of the time react when faced with things that no human had seen before? And how long did it take Starfleet to get its branding right?

 

Host

Christopher Jones

 

Guest

Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Chapters

Viewer Expectations (2:57)

Civilians and Young Officers in Space (7:19)

Early Starfleet Academy (14:31)

The Class of 2151 (22:58)

Unfair Criticism? (33:53)

Closing and Feedback (45:11)

 

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Direct download: wf-057.mp3
Category:Starfleet -- posted at: 8:45am MST

Warp Five 56: The Humans' Guide to the Universe

Reflections on Early Characters.

When a new Star Trek series premieres, it's always exciting to meet the new characters and imagine where the writers will take them. Some stand out immediately as favorites. Others fail to connect with viewers right away. And some leave us on the fence, staring at potential but wondering when it will be realized.

In this episode of Warp Five, host Christopher Jones shares an early assessment of the Enterprise crew written after the third episode aired in 2001, and then reflects on how those impressions have changed over the years. Are the feelings the same now—as Enterprise passes its 13th anniversary? Listen on and find out.

 

Host

Christopher Jones

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Chapters

Archer (3:23)

T'Pol (7:38)

Trip (12:36)

Hoshi (16:56)

Phlox (22:09)

Reed (26:11)

Travis (29:32)

Closing (34:28)

 

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Direct download: wf-056.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:39am MST

Warp Five 55: Everything I Do (I Do With William Shatner)

Shatner on Enterprise. Almost.

Back in 2004, rumors were flying that William Shatner might appear on Enterprise. Many TOS cast members had appeared on other incarnations of Star Trek—Bones, Spock, Scotty, and Sarek on The Next Generation, Sulu on Voyager, and Kor, Koloth, and Kang on Deep Space Nine to name a few. So the idea that Kirk could show up on Enterprise was made perfect sense. Well, reasonable sense anyway. In the end it never happened, but with all the talk of Shatner possibly returning the franchise in the next film, we thought it to be a good time to revisit Kirk cameos… almost.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Mike Schindler of our TOS show Standard Orbit to talk about the three key possibilities for a Shatner appearance on Enterprise: the Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens Mirror Universe two-parter, the Mike Sussman Chef concept, and the mysterious Shatner pitch that would have also been a two-parter.

 

Host

Christopher Jones

 

Guest

Mike Schindler

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Chapters

Thoughts on Character Crossovers (3:01)

The Mirror Universe Two-Parter (11:02)

Chef Shatner Saves the Day (18:04)

Shatner's Own Enterprise Pitch (24:03)

Our Ideas for Shatner on Enterprise (33:31)

Closing (37:44)

 

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Direct download: wf-055.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 5:26am MST

Warp Five 54: Misunderstood Moralist?

John Frederick Paxton.

Some people don't handle change well. Some see it as not only as an inconvenience but a threat. The Xindi Scare left many on Earth questioning the wisdom of interacting with aliens and allowing them to call our world home. This gave strength to a movement called Terra Prime, which had been around for a few decades prior to the Xindi attack. At the head of this group was John Frederick Paxton, an ailing leader who was willing to resort to drastic measures to rid Earth and the Terran systems of alien influence. He can be seen as the master of xenophobia, yet the actor who portrayed him, Peter Weller, described him as a misunderstood moralist.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tommy Kraft to discuss Paxton, his motivations, the contradictions in his words and actions, the motivations driving him to create a baby from Trip and T'Pol's DNA and fire upon San Francisco, and the legacy that he left behind.

 

Host

Christopher Jones

 

Guest

Tommy Kraft

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Chapters

An Unlikeable But Understandable Character (4:00)

Motivations (9:19)

A Colonel Green Disciple (16:50)

Contradictions (20:15)

Violent Tendencies (25:55)

Paxton's Legacy (36:18)

Closing (46:16)

 

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Direct download: wf-054.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 1:25am MST

Warp Five 53: I Hear Sluggo Still Looks Exactly the Same

The Enterprise Movie.

Back in the Naughts, word around the Alpha Quadrant was that Archer and the crew of the NX-01 would inherit the Star Trek film franchise once the TNG crew finished their run. Before that could happen, however, events transpired that nixed not only the plans for Enterprise on the big screen, but Star Trek itself. While Enterprise never landed at the cineplex, we can always dream of what form that might have taken.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tyler Johnson and Tommy Kraft to toss around ideas for the mythical Enterprise movie. From mining ENT for that key launching pad à la "Space Seed" or "The Best of Both Worlds" to enrolling Porthos in Section 31, we look all around the galaxy and then decide to go thatta way. Or maybe thatta way.

 

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Chapters

Initial Thoughts (3:26)

Choosing the Timeframe (5:54)

Looking for that Key Moment (11:51)

We Do More Than Just Spheres! (20:49)

Let's Go Thatta Way (28:20)

Vulcans, Andorians, and Porthos, Oh My! (30:17)

Section 31 Meets the Mirror Universe (35:13)

Final Thoughts (41:44)

 

Closing (50:16)

Direct download: wf-053.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 6:10am MST

Warp Five 52: The Switzerland of Space Pirates

Orions on Enterprise.

They're seductive. They're big. They're green. And, according to The Animated Series, they're politically neutral. They are, of course, the Orions! One of the most famous aliens in Star Trek thanks to Susan Oliver's portrayal of a slave girl in "The Cage," the Orions are mentioned throughout Star Trek but rarely seen. That all changed when the fourth season of Enterprise rolled around and the NX-01 crew found themselves up for auction in an Orion slave market on Verex III. In "Borderland" we got our first glimpse of the Orions in many years, and saw male Orions for the very first time. Then in "Bound" the writers turned all of our notions about these aliens on their head.

In the episode of Warp Five we're joined by Sebastian Prooth to discuss the background of the Orions on The Original Series and The Animated Series, their introduction to Enterprise, the role of the Orion slave girl in geek fantasy, and how Enterprise took this iconic element of geekdom and added depth and intrigue where we didn't expect it.

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Chapters

Orions in TOS and The Animated Series (3:09)

Reintroducing Orions on Enterprise (15:04)

Borderland and the Orion Slave Trade (19:55)

Bound and the Truth About Orion Women (27:13)

Other Orion References in Enterprise (40:24)

Final Thoughts (44:42)

Closing (49:04)

Direct download: wf-052.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 7:28am MST

Warp Five 51: They’re a Lot Like Water Vulcans

Xindi-Aquatics.

Of the six original Xindi species, the Aquatics may be the most unique. Not only do they lack the humanoid form of the others, but their life under water means they have a very different world view from their fellow Xindus natives. They are said to be the first Xindi to have developed intelligence, yet they are the most challenging for us to communicate with and understand.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tommy Kraft for a close look at the Xindi-Aquatics, their background and physiology, their advanced technology, and the sloth-like pace of their deliberations. We discuss what it means to be a cetacean intelligence, how they might develop advanced technology and build starships without the use of Star Trek's standard humanoid limbs, and whether their patience was the deciding factor in the success of the Enterprise's mission.

 

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Chapters

Xindi-Aquatic Physiology (3:32)

Patience to a Fault? (19:27)

Xindi-Aquatic Technology (25:41)

Final Thoughts (30:55)

Closing (35:43)

Direct download: wf-051.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 11:53pm MST

Warp Five 50: The Find Your Ancestors App Is Very Popular

The Temporal Observatory.

We've seen some pretty cool gadgets and amazing technology on Star Trek, but few were as incredible as Crewman Daniels's Temporal Observatory. This handheld device was essentially a map to not just the stars but to time itself. With it, one could monitor the activities and movements of temporal agents and watch history itself unfold. It wasn't a passive thing either. With the Temporal Observatory and related technologies you could actually move through time to observe events firsthand. But how did this rarely seen gizmo really work?

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tommy Kraft to explore and speculate as we take the bits that we know about 31st-century temporal technology and try to figure out how it functions, what powers it might have that we didn't see on screen, and why Future Guy wanted it so badly.

 

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Chapters

Pondering the Nature of Time (2:35)

The Temporal Cold War: An Overview (7:28)

The Temporal Observatory (12:46)

Temporal Beacons and Tags (20:48)

The Importance of the Temporal Observatory (27:29)

Final Thoughts (35:47)

Direct download: wf-050.mp3
Category:Temporal Cold War -- posted at: 3:51am MST

Warp Five 49: A Vaccine for Space Zombiness

T’Pol’s Drug Addiction.

We know that Vulcan's have emotions. In fact, they have more powerful emotions than humans. They just hide them well. The introduction of drug addiction to T’Pol’s story gave the writers a tool with which to break down the wall and show what is going on underneath the controlled, logical exterior. But was this needed for the continued growth of Vulcans as characters on the show? Was it needed exclusively for the growth of T’Pol?

In this episode of Warp Five we’re joined by Daniel Proulx to discuss this controversial part of Enterprise, how it evolved her character, whether or not her relationship with Trip would have happened without it, and how Jolene Blalock’s portrayal of a Vulcan in turmoil differed from her portrayal of the stiff, arrogant sub-commander of the first two seasons.

 

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Chapters

Introducing Drug Addiction to Star Trek (2:06)

Necessary for the Evolution of Vulcans and T'Pol? (11:17)

A Protective Neurotoxin for Vulcans (17:30)

Catalyst for T'Pol's Relationship with Trip? (21:48)

T'Pol's Later-Season Potential (26:30)

Final Thoughts (33:38)

Closing and Feedback (40:18)

Direct download: wf-049.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:30am MST

Warp Five 48: Writing the Harmonica Out of the Show

North Star.

As a prequel to TOS, it should come as no surprise that Enterprise would have a Wild West episode. The Original Series gave us "Spectre of the Gun," a story that played off the Shootout at the O.K. Corral. TNG even got in on the action with "A Fistful of Datas." So "North Star" made Enterprise the third Star Trek series to put on the cowboy hat, but the way it wore it was a bit different than those that came before.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Sebastian Prooth to talk about the NX-01's visit to a world with a Wild West motif and how the story is so true to The Original Series—but with a modern, more complex sensibility. We discuss the nature of the relationship between the local humans and the Skagarans, whether or not the clothing, guns, and even the harmonicas pull us out of the story in a time when there were no replicators. We also explore the creative elements, the supporting actors, and reasons that may explain why fan reaction to "North Star" is so mixed.

 

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Chapters

Mission Interrupted (4:03)

Wild, Wild West… Again (11:50)

Old-School Star Trek (14:05)

Wearing the Clothes Well (21:05)

Rolling with the Horses (29:21)

Enterprise Finds Its Voice? (37:23)

Character Points (45:07)

Differing from TOS (51:42)

Final Thoughts (58:24)

Closing (1:04:05)

Direct download: wf-048.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 5:37am MST

Warp Five 47: A Horror Story Gone Wrong

Extinction Rewrite.

As much as we love Star Trek, not all episodes can be winners. Every series has a few stories that leave you wanting more. Often there's a great setup that goes unexplored, leaving you with thoughts of how it could have played out. That's when you rewrite. Enterprise fumbled on the third play of a long drive to find the Xindi superweapon in an episode called "Extinction." Director LeVar Burton has said he is embarassed to have been part of it, and exective producer Brannon Braga said it's the single most embarassing moment of his Star Trek career. But is the episode really that bad?

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tyler Johnson to explore the seeds of a good story that can be found in this episode about a society that engineered a mutagenic virus as a last-ditch effort to preserve their civilization. We share what we like about the episode, what we dislike, and what we would do differently if we were sitting at the writers' table—and we do it all while enjoying a juicy Georgia peach.

 

Chapters

Worst Episode Ever? (2:37)

Episode Synopsis (7:01)

What We Like About Extinction (12:26)

What We Dislike About Extinction (16:22)

Chris's Rewrite (21:07)

Tyler's Rewrite (29:02)

Final Thoughts (39:16)

Closing (42:29)

Direct download: wf-047.mp3
Category:Rewrites -- posted at: 8:59am MST

Warp Five 46: A Tour de Force of Hair

Enterprise Awards and Nominations.

Over the course of five decades, Star Trek has raked in awards and nominations from the Saturn to the Emmy and beyond. Four of the five live-action series were recognized by the prestigious Hugo Awards—and one of those series was Enterprise. While Star Trek is more often than not honored for technical achievements, the franchise's dramatic presentation is also held in high esteem. During its short four-year run, Enterprise took its place alongside TOS ("The City On the Edge of Forever"), TNG ("The Inner Light"), and DS9 ("Trials and Tribble-ations") in vying for the finned Hugo rocket.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tyler Johnson to discuss all of Enterprise's nominations and wins as we learn that—despite its reputation as the series that killed the franchise—the last Star Trek to grace our screens weekly carried the franchise torch as a creative equal to those that came before.

Direct download: wf-046.mp3
Category:Awards -- posted at: 6:02am MST

Warp Five 45: I Want to Experience the World of Emotions!

Vulcans on Enterprise.

When jumping backwards a century—or even two—you would expect that races and societies to be different. Yet one thing about about Enterprise that ruffled the feathers of Star Trek fans the most was the portrayal of Vulcans. Despite having gotten to know very few Vulcans over the course of four series and nine films, fans had a preconceived notion of what they all should be like. Spock preached the virtues of logic (though he didn't always practice it), Tuvok was the poster child for emotional control, and the deceptive Valeris was… Kim Cattrall.

To build upon First Contact, to follow the path of how Vulcan-Human cooperation evolved, and to make them an integral part of the series week after week required giving some depth and backstory to what was a famous but mostly blank slate. Otherwise they would have gotten boring very quickly.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tyler Johnson and Tommy Kraft to discuss Vulcans on Enterprise, including where they came from—before Surak and through the Time of Awakening—and how they strayed from the path of logic to find themselves wandering through the wilderness and staring at a fork in the road during the 22nd century. We also discuss the V'tosh ka'tur, the Vulcan exploration of emotion, flirtation with military dictatorship, the rediscovery of the Kir'Shara, and the Vulcan Reformation.

Direct download: wf-045.mp3
Category:Vulcans -- posted at: 8:45am MST

Warp Five 44: Everything Comes Back to Demons

In-Universe Connections.

Enterprise wasn't just a prequel to The Original Series, it was a prequel to all of Star Trek. That meant that we saw some familiar races and themes "for the first time," and some were more obvious than others. Andorians and Vulcans are major connections to the "future," but there were also many more subtle gems dropped into four seasons of 22nd-century adventures. In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tyler Johnson to talk about the obvious connections, the subtle connections, and the Easter eggs that tie Enterprise into the four chapters of Star Trek that came before it.

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Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 7:03am MST

Warp Five 43: The First Rule of Xyrillian Boat Club

Unexpected.

As a prequel series, Enterprise promised to show us how humans would react to truly alien encounters. Trip certainly experienced one when he left the ship on a simple mission to help some aliens fix their engines, but came back with a baby. Or at least a wristnipple. In this episode of Warp Five we bring you a replay of a past Ready Room discussion with Enterprise associate producer Dave Rossi in which we discuss “Unexpected,” how it gives us a rare glimpse of a truly alien environment, introduces holodeck and replicator technology, the first hostile encounter between human and Klingon ships, and more.

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Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 8:48am MST

Warp Five 42: In the Midst of Javelins and Arrows

Degra.

Throughout Enterprise's third season we see the Xindi Council debate their plans to destroy Earth. Each species has its say, but the central focus is on Degra, father of the Xindi superweapon. Modeled after J. Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atomic bomb, Degra is the Xindi with whom we can most easily identify because he represents the primate lineage of evolution on Xindus. He also mirrors Archer in many ways, and turns out to be the linchpin in the NX-01's mission to save Earth and the Star Trek future.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tommy Kraft to discuss Degra, how his actions echo those of scientists on our own world, how his immense regret over the damage caused by his creation drives him to help Archer, and how he pays the ultimate price to make sure he saves both his own people and those he originally set out to destroy.

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 7:32am MST

Warp Five 41: The Green Girl

Crystal Allen and D'Nesh.

Enterprise brought back Orion slave girls, which we had not seen since the Original Series in "Whom Gods Destroy." And as Enterprise did with so many things from TOS, this appearance put a very interesting twist on a familiar theme. In the fourth-season episode "Bound" we're introduced to three Orion slave girls, the sisters Navaar, D'Nesh, and Maras. Through their interactions with Archer, the NX-01 crew, and their supposed owner Harrad-Sar, we learn more than we had ever known about these exotic women and their role in Orion society.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by one of these three sisters—or at least the actress who portrayed her—Crystal Allen, who, as D'Nesh, bent a member of the Enterprise's crew to her will. We talk to Crystal about getting into acting, her pre-acting career as a dancer and model, how she landed the role of D'Nesh and what it was like working on the set, and even her love of cooking.

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Category:Interviews -- posted at: 8:00am MST

Warp Five 40: Romantic Name-dropping

Archer's Lost Loves.

Star Trek has generally shied away from letting its captains become involved in serious long-term relationships. This  certainly applies to relationships with fellow Starfleet officers. Many fans wish this wasn't the case. Voyager fans famously wanted (and still want) Janeway and Chakotay to become an item. Long before that, there was angst over the song and dance of Picard and Beverly aboard the 1701-D. Enterprise was no different, with many wanting to see Archer and T'Pol grow closer. The fourth season brought new hope for a captain in love with Erika Hernandez of the NX-02 Columbia. But that, too, went unfulfilled.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Suzanne Abbott to talk about romance in Star Trek, trysts and relationships thoughout the franchise's history, and more specifically about Archer. We cover Archer and Margaret Mullin, Archer and Riann, Archer and T'Pol, and, of course, the long-burning flame Hernandez.

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

Warp Five 39: Watching You From Behind the Scenes

Romulans on Enterprise.

First introduced in the Original Series episode "Balance of Terror," the Romulans became a lengendary villain within Star Trek lore. The conflict between humans and Romulans is also lengendary despite never having been played out on screen. When Enterprise decided to bring Romulans into the show in the second-season episode "Minefield," they faced a huge challenge in keeping with canon. TOS established that humans had never seen Romulans prior to the late 23rd century. How do you tell a compelling story and stay true to that? Even more difficult, how do you establish a Romulan plot directly involving our characters in Season Four without them ever coming face-to-face?

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tommy Kraft, writer and executive producer of the Enterprise-era film Star Trek: Horizon, to discuss Romulans in Star Trek and Romulans on Enterprise, from their first appearance in "Minefield" to the mysterious coda of "Kir'Shara." And, of course, we discuss the deeper plot involving Romulans in "Babel One," "United," and "The Aenar."

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

Warp Five 38: A Silver Linings Playbook

Phlox.

Star Trek wouldn't quite be Star Trek without an alien on the crew. That outside voice to comment on humanity is key to examining ourselves through science fiction. With the Vulcans being portrayed differently from what we were accustomed to during Spock's time, Enterprise had to turn elsewhere for someone who could comment on events that were new to human explorers. Enter a new race, the Denobulans, and a new character, Doctor Phlox.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Matthew Rushing for a close look at Phlox, the challenges in creating such a character in a prequel, his place amongst Chief Medical Officers, his role as defacto counselor aboard the NX-01, and the brilliance of John Billingsly.

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 6:19am MST

Warp Five 37: Mean-Spirited Siri

Dead Stop.

Enterprise did not always capture the spirit of the unknown as throughly as its prequel nature promised. But in "Dead Stop" we're reminded that there are some very strange things out there, and some people far more advanced than us. In what is essentially a sequel to "Minefield," the NX-01 puts in for repair at a mysterious facility that provides near-magical services for a bargain price. It also makes a mean plate of fried catfish.

In this episode of Warp Five Christopher Jones and Darren Moser discuss this second-season gem, how it scratches at continuity, provides glimpses of future technology, and provides touching character moments amidst a classic mystery.

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Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 36: There's No Monkey on Ceti Alpha V

Alternate Outcomes of the Xindi Crisis.

Nearly one year after the Xindi weapon probe first cut through Florida, Captain Archer and the crew of the NX-01 prevailed in their fight to save humanity—and we never doubted that they would. But what if the Xindi Crisis had turned out differently? We caught a glimpse of one other possible future in "Twilight," and the Xindi-Reptilians attempted to cut mankind off at the knees in 2004 on Detroit's "Carpenter Street." What if they had succeeded?

In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Tristan Riddell discuss seven possible alternate outcomes and how they would have impacted Earth, our heroes, and the Star Trek universe as a whole.

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

Warp Five 35: Chilling in the Sweet Spots

Hobbies of the NX-01 Crew.

Every crew needs to relax from time to time. Fighting aliens and repairing the ship can be a drag. So just how do Starfleet crews unwind? In the 24th century exciting vistas, interactive literature, and even a racy evening on the town are just a holodeck program away. But in the 22nd century, quarters are cramped and technology is more modest. In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Phillip Gilfus take a look at the many ways the crew of the NX-01 pass their free time and relieve the stress of deep space exploration, from group activities like movie night to the indivial hobbies of Archer and his intrepid crew.

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

Warp Five 34: Always Know Where Your Steppenwolf Disc Is

The NX Program.

Although Enterprise falls earlier on the timeline, it owes much of its premise to The Next Generation. Specifically, its central non-living character—the Warp Five engine—was born of the film First Contact and the work of Zefram Cochrane. Captain Archer's father, Henry, worked with Dr. Cochrane, and this would shape much of Jonathan's view of space exploration and the Vulcans. After two decades of development on the engine itself, the NX Program—which would marry the engine with a starship—began in the early 2140s. A decade later, the Enterprise was launched.

In this episode of Warp Five, we're joined by Earl Grey's Daniel Proulx to discuss the role Archer played in the development of the NX-01, the parallels between the NX Program and 1960s NASA, the role of the Vulcans, and how TNG and the Phoenix laid the foundation for the events we see in "First Flight" and for the Enterprise itself.

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

Warp Five 33: Phloxenstein

Undeveloped Stories.

When it comes to the stories we didn't get on Enterprise, the discussion usually focuses on the fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons. But just like its sister shows, Enterprise also had a number of story ideas that were considered—some more more seriously than others—but for one reason or another were left on the drawing board. Unlike "Season Five" stories, these are episodes that could have found a home somewhere between "Broken Bow" and "These Are the Voyages…" In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Tyler Johnson take you through eight of these undeveloped stories, ranging from Phlox as Dr. Frankenstein to Porthos the linguist.

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Category:Undeveloped Stories -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 32: Some Interesting Disembodied Moments

Organians on Enterprise.

Enterprise is known for bringing back alien races from The Original Series that were more or less ignored by the rest of Star Trek. Andorians, Orions, Tholians, and Gorn all come to mind. But these aren't the only classic races to make an appearance in the 22nd century. The Organians, those energetic agricultural pacifists from "Errand of Mercy," also paid a visit to the NX-01—only it happened in an episode that is easy to overlook.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Michael Fisher to discuss the Organians, their background in Star Trek prior to "Observer Effect," how they compare to the Q Continuum, what they were doing on Enterprise, and why—no matter what happens—someone always dies.

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

Warp Five 31: A Sequel to Us

TOS Impressions of Seasons 1 and 2.

When announced, the basic premise of Enterprise was a trip back to the 22nd century for a story that would set up The Original Series. In actuality, the first season of Enterprise delivered a weaker than anticipated connection to Kirk's time, and this continued in the second year. This is not a bad thing—it gave the show an identity of its own—but it did leave many long-time Trekkies scratching their head. So how would a died-in-the-wool TOS fan feel about Enterprise after coming into the series with certain expectations.

In this episode of Warp Five, we're joined by Standard Orbit co-host Drew Stewart to hear his take on Enterprise Seasons One and Two from a TOS perspective. How does a Kirk guy feel about Archer? How are the other characters received? What are Drew's favorite episodes and TOS connections from the first two seaons? And how would he have written the rest of the series beyond "Shockwave"? Join us for a trip from the 23rd century to the 22nd, with an unexpected sprinkling of X-Men.

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Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 30: Put Another Zipper On It

Prequel Design.

How do you imagine a future that’s closer to our reality than what Gene Roddenberry was imagining for a show set three centuries from now? And how do you remain true to the franchise and all those elements created for The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager—whilst still making it mesh with what is to come later on the timeline? This is the challenge that faced the creative team when they began creating Enterprise. It was the Ultimate Prequel Design Challenge. And to say that it was daunting would be an understatement.

In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Tyler Johnson take a look at key areas that had to address the prequel nature of the series and bridge the gap between not only the 22nd century and the 24th, but between the audience's perception of what "future" meant in 1966 and 2001. From the NX-01's exterior to the bridge to the engine room—to alien ships and beyond—we explore the visual design of Star Trek's prequel. We even find out why you can never have too many pockets and zippers.

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

Warp Five 29: The King of Kaboom

Malcolm Reed.

Like The Original Series, Enterprise established a triumvirate at the top. In TOS that was Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. On Enterprise it was Archer, T'Pol, and Trip. At the same time, Enterprise took a cue from the other post-TOS series and created a deep cast of supporting characters. One of those was Lieutenant Malcolm Reed, the NX-01's armory officer who redefined the role that we had come to know in Star Trek as "tactical."

In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Tyler Johnson take a close look at the character or Malcolm Reed, whether or not his growth during the series lived up to the rich backstory established for the navy man with aquaphobia, how he fit into the overall theme of the show, his role within the crew, and why he will be forever be connected with the tangy taste of pineapple.

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

Warp Five 28: A Little Less Wetsuit, A Little More Laser Pointer

The Borg on Enterprise.

For a series set two hundred years before the TNG era, Enterprise at times dipped into the familiar-alien well prematurely. The Borg are amongst those aliens cited by many fans as not belonging on the show. But the events of First Contact presented the writers with a unique opportunity not only to bring these popular cybernetic villains onto the show, but to create both a sequel and a prequel to the wildly popular Next Generation film.

In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Tyler Johnson are joined by Earl Grey's Darren Moser to discuss the Borg's appearance on Enterprise, whether Picard should have cleaned up after himself in the Arctic so Archer wouldn't have to, why Starfleet has no record of the Borg in "Q Who," and whether or not this all takes place in an alternate timeline.

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

Warp Five 27: Trip Is Not Dead!

Enterprise Season Five.

Like all the modern Star Trek series, Enterprise was firing on all cylinders by Season Four. Under the guidance of Manny Coto, the show was creating a stronger connection to TOS and was planting the seeds of some amazingly rich storylines for the final three seasons. Unfortunately, those seeds were left behind in the soil of cancellation. In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Tyler Johnson pick storylines that we wanted to see make up the fifth season of Enterprise and how the seeds planted in Season Four could have sprouted into some of the best Star Trek ever produced.

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

Warp Five 26: Character Growth In a Torpedo

Prequel Technology.

As Star Trek fans we take things like transporters, phasers, and photo torpedoes for granted. But these futuristic devices weren’t always available to the people who built the Federation. While we can theorize on how we might build these technologies, actually doing it is beyond our grasp. So how do we get from here to there? That’s a question that the writers and designers of Enterprise had to answer. In this episode of Warp Five we’re joined by Tyler Johnson to discuss prequel technology, the devices of the 22nd century that eventually led us to the power wielded by Kirk, Picard, Sisko, and Janeway. What was it like to use the first transporter? How did we get from heat-seeking missiles to photon torpedoes, from grappling hooks to tractor beams? We take a look at the technology of Archer’s time and how the design decisions of the show’s creators were accepted—or rejected—by Star Trek fans.

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

Warp Five 25: These Guys Love Blue

Andorians.

Thanks to the Original Series episode “Journey to Babel,” Andorians became one of the most beloved alien races in Star Trek. But prior to Enterprise we really knew very little about them. Their popularity stemmed more from appearance—blue skin and antennae—and their reputation for feistiness. But Enterprise changed all of that by not only bringing the Andorians back to the screen, but by making them an integral part of the 22nd-century story. 

In this episode of Warp Five we’re joined by Tyler Johnson to discuss Andorians, their role in Star Trek history, how they were integrated into Enterprise, and how they worked as a catalyst for change both in humans and in Vulcans. We also delve into Andorian ship design, aspects of their culture that parallel human societies, and we deconstruct the occurrences of Andorian fight scenes throughout the franchise in search of hidden meaning.   

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

Warp Five 24: The Gauntlet Thrown Down

Season Three.

Few aspects of Enterprise—and perhaps of Star Trek as a whole—have been more controversial than the show’s third season. The 26-episode arc is an outlier in a number of ways. It was the first (and only) time a season-long arc was attempted in Star Trek, and it also focuses on aliens and events with no connection to the rest of the franchise. Some fans love it. Some fans hate it.

In this episode of Warp Five we’re joined by Larry Nemecek to discuss the third season of Enterprise, the pressure from Les Moonves that Berman and Braga were under, the validity of the creative choices made and the roads not taken, and whether or not a more TOS-centric approach might have saved the show from cancellation. We also look at how the third season led creatively into the fourth, the goals of the writing staff—including Manny Coto and David A. Goodman—and we dive into a few of our favorite episodes from Season Three, including “Similitude” and “North Star.”

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

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