Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
Warp Five Subspace Postcards 2: Do They Still Send Care Packages?

Hot off the Subspace Presses from Hoshi's Station!

 

In each standard episode of Warp Five, we delve into the minutiae of Enterprise. This in turn generates a lot of feedback from you, our loyal listeners, in the form of what we now call Subspace Postcards. Every so often when they start piling up, Hoshi downloads them onto my PADD so I can find some quiet time in the Conference Room to catch up on all of the mail with Will and our guests. We hope you enjoy the topics we've chosen for our second feedback show. Thanks for your support and for being such incredible, engaging and loyal fans of Warp Five.

 

Recently I put out a feeler to the fans of The Babel Conference, Trek.fm's dedicated Facebook listener's page, and we have received an overwhelming list of incredibly diverse topics: from civilians serving on board the NX-01, to boldly going through the Great Language Barrier, receiving literal and digital mail from home to the edge of the galaxy, and speculating on The Wrath of Damar. Thank you everyone for sending in your ideas and if we didn't get to yours in this show, we will try to read your feedback on the next installment of Subspace Postcards!

 

Hosts

Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen

 

Guest

Jeffrey Harlan

 

Editor

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Floyd Dorsey and Mike Morrison

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Welcome to the Second Subspace Postcards Show! (00:01:21) 

Starfleet Civility Towards Civilians (00:04:53) 

No Real Designs for Diplomacy? (00:14:57) 

It All Comes Back to HOSHI! (00:20:15) 

The Language Production Barrier (00:23:16) 

The Wrath of Damar (00:30:21)

The Romu-Illyrian War? (00:35:02)

Care Package Day on the NX-01 (00:40:43)

Hijacking Starfleet Subspace Bandwidth (00:50:43)

Hernandez Has Her Orders! (00:56:18)

Closing and Thank You For Listening (01:09:13)

 

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Direct download: wf-sup-002.mp3
Category:Subspace Postcards -- posted at: 8:00am MST

Warp Five 74: Re-Deconstructing Degra

For better or worse, Degra was first and foremost a Patriot.

In continuing Degra’s character exploration from Warp Five Episode 42, it is apparent that his character arc has even more complexity still left to explore. The Season 3 Xindi arc from September 2003 to May 2004 emulated the U.S. national zeitgeist, post-911, with issues of torture, weapons of mass destruction, and moral compromise at the heart. But without Degra's redemption and the overall resolution of the conflict which hinged upon reconciliation, the story would have been significantly darker and fundamentally not in the best traditions of Star Trek.

 

Conceptually, the initial inspiration for the character of Degra was J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the fathers of the atomic bomb. Brannon Braga explained in Star Trek Magazine #117, p. 62, "We knew we wanted to create an Oppenheimer-like character who was the mastermind behind building the bomb, who was very committed to his species but wracked with guilt, just like Oppenheimer." So please join us for a deeply philosophical discussion about Degra and how he faced his own morality which ultimately led to his redemption.

 

Host

Will Nguyen

 

Guests

Jeffrey Harlan & Tommy Kraft

 

Editor
Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers
Floyd Dorsey and Mike Morrison

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro and Welcome Boomers! (00:01:23)

Revisiting Degra from Warp Five 42 (00:02:18)

Reflecting the American National Zeitgeist Post-911 (00:08:45)

Was Degra’s Plan Overly-Complicated? (00:14:55)

Xindi Religious Fundamentalism or Extremism? (00:21:18)

The Strategy of Stratagem (00:25:15)

Do the Ends Justify the Degra? (00:31:33)

The Romulan War Degra-ssion (00:38:36)

Degra-demption (00:42:09)

Degra’s Debatable Demise (00:53:37)

Degra’s Significance to Enterprise (00:59:08)

 

Closing and Thanks For Listening (01:07:30)

 

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Direct download: wf-074.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:00am MST

Warp Five 73: The Fleet That Was Few and Far Between

It all began with a just handful of ships.

Enterprise had the unique opportunity, as the prequel series, to introduce many of the origins of basic Star Trek canon; how M-Class was derived from the Vulcan word Minshara (with regard to classifying planets suitable for humanoid life), the first use of photon(ic) torpedoes, at times hinting of creating the Prime Directive, and of course the first Starship named Enterprise. And possibly most important, Enterprise sheds light on the proud, yet trepidatious birth of the first Human fleet that comprised all of the United Earth Space Probe Agency's (UESPA) scientific exploration and planetary defense vessels.

 

For those of you who have watched or are currently watching Enterprise, you may not realize that in certain episodes, you truly see the limited reach and scope of Starfleet's ships of the line - in the mid 22nd century, they were likely a little less than a dozen ships in total. So, in this episode, we'll be exploring the origins of the first ships of Earth's Starfleet and the United Earth Space Probe Agency; how and why they were necessary and their service status while Archer and the crew of the NX-01 were pushing Warp Five into deep space.

 

Hosts

Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen

 

Guest

Jeffrey Harlan

 

Editor
Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers
Floyd Dorsey and Mike Morrison

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro and Welcome Boomers! (00:01:22)

We Love Starships (00:02:13)

Credit Where Credit is Due! (00:03:33)

How Large is Starfleet in 2151? (00:05:28)

Evolving from The Phoenix (00:13:52)

The Warp Delta (00:15:30)

Will's Intrepid Love for a Design (00:23:08)

Budgeting for a Full Starfleet (00:39:23)

The Big Sister Ship (00:44:05)

By the Numbers (00:53:37)

 

Closing and Thanks For Listening (01:23:14)

 

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Direct download: wf-073.mp3
Category:Ships -- posted at: 8:00am MST

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