Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast (Aliens)

Evolution and The Xindi.
The Drake equation is a formula devised by scientists that is full of variables, and if you knew the value of each variable, you would be able to calculate how many civilizations are currently in the galaxy. However, evolution can take different paths, and what happens when evolution leads to multiple sentient species developing on a single planet? Enterprise proposes the idea of six sentient species evolving on one planet with the Xindi. However, could this actually occur? 

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Patrick Devlin, Brandon-Shea Mutala and Brandi Jackola are joined by Michael Wong and Emily Cutts, co-hosts of the Strange New Worlds podcast to discuss evolution and the Xindi. We also discuss intelligence, the Drake equation, and bananas.

Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:28) 
Feedback (00:02:43) 
Welcome, Michael and Elise (00:07:12) 
The Xindi (00:10:30) 
How Evolution Works (00:12:54)
A Pressure to Develop Intelligence (00:20:57) 
The Drake Equation (00:26:43) 
The Evolution of Consciousness (00:30:09) 
Speculation on the Xindi Homeworld (00:48:30) 
Final Thoughts (01:00:05) 
Closing (01:06:54)
Patrick Devlin, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Brandi Jackola
Michael Wong and Elise Cutts
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) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Joe Saltzman (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

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Category:Aliens -- posted at: 12:01am 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.

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) 

Brandon-Shea Mutala

Patrick Devlin


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)

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Category:Aliens -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Warp Five 52: The Switzerland of Space Pirates

Orions on Enterprise.

They're seductive. They're big. They're green. And, according to The Animated Series, they're politically neutral. They are, of course, the Orions! One of the most famous aliens in Star Trek thanks to Susan Oliver's portrayal of a slave girl in "The Cage," the Orions are mentioned throughout Star Trek but rarely seen. That all changed when the fourth season of Enterprise rolled around and the NX-01 crew found themselves up for auction in an Orion slave market on Verex III. In "Borderland" we got our first glimpse of the Orions in many years, and saw male Orions for the very first time. Then in "Bound" the writers turned all of our notions about these aliens on their head.

In the episode of Warp Five we're joined by Sebastian Prooth to discuss the background of the Orions on The Original Series and The Animated Series, their introduction to Enterprise, the role of the Orion slave girl in geek fantasy, and how Enterprise took this iconic element of geekdom and added depth and intrigue where we didn't expect it.

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Orions in TOS and The Animated Series (3:09)

Reintroducing Orions on Enterprise (15:04)

Borderland and the Orion Slave Trade (19:55)

Bound and the Truth About Orion Women (27:13)

Other Orion References in Enterprise (40:24)

Final Thoughts (44:42)

Closing (49:04)

Direct download: wf-052.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 7:28am MDT

Warp Five 51: They’re a Lot Like Water Vulcans


Of the six original Xindi species, the Aquatics may be the most unique. Not only do they lack the humanoid form of the others, but their life under water means they have a very different world view from their fellow Xindus natives. They are said to be the first Xindi to have developed intelligence, yet they are the most challenging for us to communicate with and understand.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tommy Kraft for a close look at the Xindi-Aquatics, their background and physiology, their advanced technology, and the sloth-like pace of their deliberations. We discuss what it means to be a cetacean intelligence, how they might develop advanced technology and build starships without the use of Star Trek's standard humanoid limbs, and whether their patience was the deciding factor in the success of the Enterprise's mission.


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Xindi-Aquatic Physiology (3:32)

Patience to a Fault? (19:27)

Xindi-Aquatic Technology (25:41)

Final Thoughts (30:55)

Closing (35:43)

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Category:Aliens -- posted at: 11:53pm MDT

Warp Five 32: Some Interesting Disembodied Moments

Organians on Enterprise.

Enterprise is known for bringing back alien races from The Original Series that were more or less ignored by the rest of Star Trek. Andorians, Orions, Tholians, and Gorn all come to mind. But these aren't the only classic races to make an appearance in the 22nd century. The Organians, those energetic agricultural pacifists from "Errand of Mercy," also paid a visit to the NX-01—only it happened in an episode that is easy to overlook.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Michael Fisher to discuss the Organians, their background in Star Trek prior to "Observer Effect," how they compare to the Q Continuum, what they were doing on Enterprise, and why—no matter what happens—someone always dies.

Direct download: wf-032.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

Warp Five 28: A Little Less Wetsuit, A Little More Laser Pointer

The Borg on Enterprise.

For a series set two hundred years before the TNG era, Enterprise at times dipped into the familiar-alien well prematurely. The Borg are amongst those aliens cited by many fans as not belonging on the show. But the events of First Contact presented the writers with a unique opportunity not only to bring these popular cybernetic villains onto the show, but to create both a sequel and a prequel to the wildly popular Next Generation film.

In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Tyler Johnson are joined by Earl Grey's Darren Moser to discuss the Borg's appearance on Enterprise, whether Picard should have cleaned up after himself in the Arctic so Archer wouldn't have to, why Starfleet has no record of the Borg in "Q Who," and whether or not this all takes place in an alternate timeline.

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Category:Aliens -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Warp Five 25: These Guys Love Blue


Thanks to the Original Series episode “Journey to Babel,” Andorians became one of the most beloved alien races in Star Trek. But prior to Enterprise we really knew very little about them. Their popularity stemmed more from appearance—blue skin and antennae—and their reputation for feistiness. But Enterprise changed all of that by not only bringing the Andorians back to the screen, but by making them an integral part of the 22nd-century story. 

In this episode of Warp Five we’re joined by Tyler Johnson to discuss Andorians, their role in Star Trek history, how they were integrated into Enterprise, and how they worked as a catalyst for change both in humans and in Vulcans. We also delve into Andorian ship design, aspects of their culture that parallel human societies, and we deconstruct the occurrences of Andorian fight scenes throughout the franchise in search of hidden meaning.   

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Category:Aliens -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Warp Five 22: The Irish Species Are Still Earthlings

Xindi Evolution.

The third season of Enterprise brought us not only the first true season-long arc in Star Trek history but also one of the most unique races we had ever seen—the Xindi. Unlike most alien worlds encountered by Starfleet crews, the planet Xindus gave birth to six different sentient races. It raised many scientific questions, but also gave the writers a virtual toy box from which to pull the pieces of their story. In this episode of Warp Five Christopher Jones and Colin Higgins discuss the six different races—or species—that called Xindus home, the probability that such a world could actually exist, parallels with Earth’s own evolution, what the concept brought to Star Trek and Enterprise, and how the Xindi—rather than being the enemy—can actually be read as a representation of ourselves.

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Category:Aliens -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

4: Climbing On the Ceiling

The Suliban.

Each series has its signature villain, though it may not be the foe originally intended to be the thorn in our heroes’ sides. The Ferengi were set up as the baddies on TNG. On Voyager it was the Kazon. And on DS9 it was… Rumpelstiltskin? When Archer set off on his first mission aboard the NX-01 he crossed paths with the flexible, yellow-skinned antagonists of Enterprise—the Suliban. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh examine the Suliban to uncover their role in the series, how well they were utilised, whether they were terrorists or pawns, and if they were creatively at odds with the basic concept of the show.

Direct download: wf-004.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT