Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
Marauders and The Magnificent Seven.
 
Television shows have frequently taken inspiration from popular movies when it comes to story telling. Some influence is subtle, and some is obvious. In a follow up to Warp Five 101, where John Tenuto and Brandon-Shea Mutala compared "Dawn" to the film Enemy Mine, we take a look at another second season episode that has inspiration from a popular film.
In this episode of Warp Five, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Brandon Cowles and Michael Schindler in a discussion that compares the second season episode of Enterprise to the films Seven Samuari and The Magnificent Seven. We also discuss the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Magnificent Ferengi" as well as Steven Soderbergh's film The Good German, which has nothing to do with the conversation.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:30) 
The Summaries (00:04:14) 
The Discussion (00:07:04) 
Final Thoughts (00:21:30) 
Closing (00:34:53)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guests
Brandon Cowles and Michael Schindler
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: wf-114.mp3
Category:Movie Comparison -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

Mike Sussman Interview.
 
Mike Sussman began his writing career on Star Trek with a last minute pitch of the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Meld." After several years of working for Voyager, and working closely with his friend Phyllis Strong, the two of them would take the reigns as Executive Story Editors for the new series, and later, Sussman would become a producer for that show.

In this episode of Warp Five, Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Mike Sussman to discuss his writing career on Enterprise. We also discuss working with Michael Piller on Voyager, who the dead guy was in "Future Tense," and how Mike's favorite episode from Enterprise originally began as a Janeway and Chakotay story.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:21) 
First Episode (00:02:23) 
12 Monkeys (00:06:27) 
TV Has Changed (00:10:47) 
"Meld" (00:16:27) 
Phyllis Strong (00:23:50) 
"Future Tense" (00:25:50) 
"In A Mirror Darkly" (00:29:46) 
Writing "Kir'Shara" (00:33:06) 
"Twilight" (00:39:20) 
Writing Differences and Similarities (00:44:07) 
Vulcans (00:48:13) 
"Age of the Empress" (00:50:34) 
Most Proud Of (00:52:52) 
"These Are the Voyages..." (00:57:31) 
Finding Mike (01:05:42) 
Closing (01:08:19)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Mike Sussman
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutal (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-113.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

Season Three Retrospective Part 2.
 
Season three of Star Trek: Enterprise was an brave experiment of storytelling with the franchises first season long story arc. As a response to the events of September 11, 2001, the creators of the show wanted to take Star Trek in a new, darker direction.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala are joined by Patrick Devlin for the second part in our season three retrospective. We discuss the episodes "Impulse," "Exile," "The Shipment," and "Twilight." We also discuss the history of the Xindi, how "Exile" was inspired by Beauty and the Beast, and Doppler effects in space.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25) 
"Impulse" (00:04:48) 
"Exile" (00:17:50) 
"The Shipment" (00:26:38) 
"Twilight" (00:42:14) 
Final Thoughts (00:54:40)

Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Patrick Devlin

Production

Floyd Dorsey (Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-112.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

Jonathan Archer with Richard Marquez.

We all have a favorite captain, and one of the things that Star Trek fans love to debate is which one they feel is the best. Each show has a very different leader, and each captain has their own command style, expertise, and hobbies.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala are joined by Richard Marquez, one of the hosts from trek.fm's own Earl Grey, to discuss Archer's command style and how he compares to the other captains in our beloved franchise.


Chapters

Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:21) 
Jonathan Archer (00:14:22) 
Distance (00:27:20) 
The Xindi Conflict (00:32:28) 
Previously on Trek FM (00:36:40) 
Final Thoughts (00:38:41) 

Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Richard Marquez

Production

Floyd Dorsey (Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-111.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

"Carbon Creek" Commentary with Dayton Ward.
 
*there are some intermittent audio issues with B-Shea's file that start at 48:11 and last for about 6 minutes.

Many episodes of each of the Star Trek series have spawned sequels and story continuations in the form of books and comics. While some are direct sequels to the episodes, some simply take characters or ideas and extrapolate further adventures for our crews. One of the most prolific Star Trek authors currently at work is Dayton Ward, having written or co-written more than 35 books and short stories in the Star Trek universe.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala are joined by Dayton Ward to provide an audio commentary for the Enterprise second season episode "Carbon Creek," which introduced us to the character of Mestral, who would become important in three of Ward's novels.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:22) 
Commentary Start (00:10:41) 
Chatting With Dayton (00:52:54) 
Final Thoughts (01:06:18) 


Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Dayton Ward

Production

Floyd Dorsey (Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: wf-110.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Gary Graham Interview.

Born in Long Beach, California on June 6, 1950, Gary Graham is an actor and producer, most notably remembered for his starring role in the television show Alien Nation, based on the film of the same name.  Gary has starred in numerous feature films such as Robot Jox, The Last Warrior, Man Trouble, and Hollywood Knights.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala are joined by Gary Graham to discuss his career in acting, writing and singing. We also discuss his role on Alien Nation, working with George C. Scott on Hardcore, and the role that Star Trek fans know him for best: Ambassador Soval.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:21) 
"Thank You For Your Service" (00:05:51) 
How Did You Get Your Start in Acting? (00:07:32) 
Acting and Other Flying Lessons: A Practical Guide to Film Acting (00:09:06) 
Flying (00:12:37) 
Alien Nation (00:15:46) 
I Love the Fans (00:23:45) 
Soval (00:26:03) 
The Vulcan Arc (00:30:02) 
Working With the Main Cast (00:35:12) 
Directors (00:38:18) 
Fan Films (00:39:54) 
Favorite Enterprise Episodes (00:42:39) 
How Did You Feel About the Tone Change For Season Three and Four? (00:43:13) 
Any Plans for Continuing With Axanar? (00:44:52) 
Mirror Soval and Alternate Soval (00:45:37) 
Star Trek: Discovery (00:49:06) 
Music With Lisle Engle (00:51:13) 
Gary's Other Projects and Finding Him on Social Media (00:55:29) 
"Taxin' My Tree" (00:57:20) 
Final Thoughts Feedback From Listeners (00:58:40) 

all music by G. Graham and L. Engle

Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Gary Graham

Production

Floyd Dorsey (Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-109.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Phyllis Strong Interview.

Phyllis Strong began her work on Star Trek with the seventh season episode of Star Trek: Voyager called "Body and Soul," which she wrote with her writing partner Mike Sussman. After an additional three credits on that show, she was offered the position of Executive Story Editor for first season of the new Star Trek spinoff which would be called Enterprise. During the show's run, she would write or co-write 12 episodes, many of which have become fan favorites including "Damage," "Dead Stop," and "Fusion."

In this episode of Warp Five, Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala are joined by Phyllis Strong to discuss her early writing career, beginning with spec scripts for shows such as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and The X-Files. We also talk about how she began to write with Mike Sussman, and the path that lead them to working on Enterprise. We also discuss some of her favorite Trek episodes that she wrote, as well as some of the easiest and hardest characters to write for on that show.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:22) 
Welcome, Phyllis! (00:2:44) 
Our Favorite Enterprise Episodes (00:08:33) 
Working As a Team (00:18:22) 
Were You a Fan? (00:19:18) 
Executive Story Editor (00:22:52) 
"Civilization" (00:24:00) 
"Fusion" (00:25:25) 
Trek Credits (00:28:27) 
"Dead Stop" (00:29:19) 
"Detained" (00:31:41) 
"Damage" (00:33:08) 
"Shadows of P'Jem" is One of My Favorites (00:35:55) 
Surprising Episodes (00:37:51) 
Easiest/Hardest Character to Write For (00:39:14) 
Current Projects and Finding Phyllis (00:41:03) 
Anything Else? (00:43:21) 
Final Thoughts (00:45:31) 

Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Phyllis Strong

Production

Floyd Dorsey (Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-108.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Changes to Alien Designs in Trek.

Star Trek has always had cool alien races, both friends and foes to the Federation. After five different live-action series, and fifty years of technological advancement, the designs and looks of these aliens have changed. While some have changed more than others, none of them look exactly the same as they did when they first appeared.

In this episode of Warp Five Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Patrick Devlin to discuss how the designs and representations of alien races in Star Trek have changed over the last fifty years, and what we predict it will mean for Star Trek: Discovery.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25) 
Vulcans (00:04:30) 
Romulans (00:12:14) 
Pushback (00:13:08) 
Andorians (00:16:08) 
Worf (00:18:15) 
Tellarites (00:20:03) 
Klingons (00:24:50) 
Final Thoughts (00:28:50) 

Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Patrick Devlin

Production

Floyd Dorsey (Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-107.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Tucker Smallwood Interview.

Born in Washington, D.C. his childhood included two years in Salonica, Greece and two years as a college student in Munich, Germany. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1967 with a minor in German and a major in Speech/Television Production. Tucker began directing television for WBAL in Baltimore and in late spring of 1967, was drafted into the Army.

In 1991, he moved to Los Angeles and began his work in prime time television. After several years of guest-starring roles on dramas and sit-coms, he chanced into the universe of science fiction and enjoyed considerable success on such series as SPACE: Above and Beyond, The X-Files and Babylon 5, as well as in the films Contact and Deep Impact.

In this new millennium, he has continued to create an eclectic body of work, both in drama and comedy, including a physically challenging season as the Xindi Primate Diplomat on Star Trek: Enterprise.

In this episode of Warp Five, Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala have an inspiring conversation with Tucker Smallwood. In addition to his film and television work, we discuss how he got drafted into Vietnam, his depression afterwards, his writing, and his singing.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25) 
"Sweet Home Chicago" (performed by Tucker Smallwood) (00:04:11) 
Welcome Tucker! (00:06:15) 
"Home" (00:11:33) 
The X-Files vs Millennium (00:14:45) 
Commodore Ross (00:15:29) 
Military Tropes in Film (00:18:22) 
Veterans Advocacy (00:20:34) 
The Return to Eden (00:25:43) 
The Xindi: Deepak and Chopra (00:30:42) 
A Role of Authority (00:33:47) 
Makeup (00:37:25) 
Plans for the Character (00:40:09) 
Season Long Arc (00:41:21) 
The Blues (00:42:06) 
Current Projects and Finding Tucker (00:46:48) 
"Mean Black Spider" (performed by Tucker Smallwood) (00:50:57) 
Final Thoughts (00:53:04) 


Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Tucker Smallwood

Production

Floyd Dorsey (Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-106.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Eight Episode Enterprise/TOS Marathon.

Star Trek fans love to watch their favorite episodes in a format that has affectionately been dubbed "binge watching" since they have been able to watch the show on home video. However, most marathons tend to stick to one series at a time. What would happen if fans started to mix and match the episodes from different series in a long stretch of one sitting?

In this episode of Warp Five, Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Patrick Devlin to plan out an eight episode marathon of Star Trek episodes, alternating between the original series and Star Trek: Enterprise.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:26) 
The Premise (00:02:47) 
The First Pair (00:03:57) 
The Second Pair (00:07:25) 
The Third Pair (00:10:12) 
The Fourth Pair (00:13:35) 
The Recap (00:19:38) 

Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Patrick Devlin

Production

Floyd Dorsey (Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-105.mp3
Category:Marathons -- posted at: 1:00am MDT