Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
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.

Direct download: wf-037.mp3
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.

Direct download: wf-036.mp3
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.

Direct download: wf-035.mp3
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.

Direct download: wf-034.mp3
Category:Ships -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

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