Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
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

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