Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

Retrospective: Season Three Part One.

Season three of Star Trek: Enterprise was an brave experiment of storytelling with the franchise's 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 first part in our season three retrospective. We discuss the episodes "The Xindi," "Anomaly," "Extinction," and "Rajiin." We also discuss converting temperatures from Celsius to Fahrenheit, distances from kilometers to miles, and Fraggle Rock.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:22) 
Season Two Recap (00:05:50) 
Thoughts on Season Three (00:08:51) 
"The Xindi" (00:12:38) 
"Anomaly" (00:31:03) 
"Extinction" (00:45:15) 
"Rajiin" (00:53:02) 
Final Thoughts (01:13:51) 

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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-104.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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