Fri, 18 July 2014
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.
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)
Fri, 11 July 2014
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.