Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast (character analysis)

Recasting ENTERPRISE for the Big Screen!

Mike Morrison, co-host of Meta Treks and Associate Producer for Warp Five, threw down the gauntlet to your intrepid Warp Five team. Inspired by To The Journey episode #103 and Meta Treks episode #3, Mike challenged your beloved Team Conference Room with continuing the amazingly fun and, at times, frustrating challenge of recasting Enterprise for a "J.J. Abrams style" major motion picture reboot. And yes, for all of you Boomers out there, trying to recast our beloved NX-01 main crew and a few secondary characters was truly enlightening.

The Rules of Engagement that were previously established in To The Journey and Meta Treks required us to cast our choices very specifically. We had to find actors, not impressionists, who embodied both the physical and spiritual attributes of their television counterparts. The best example of this is how Karl Urban so brilliantly re-interpreted Dr. McCoy his 2009 and 2013 performances. So please join us in The Conference Room and maybe you will create a list of your very own that you can share with us via e-mail, voicemail or on The Babel Conference. Enjoy!

Hosts
Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen

Guests
Mike Morrison and Floyd Dorsey

Production
C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer), Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer), Matthew Rushing (Editor and Executive Producer), Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer), Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer), Mike Morrison (Associate Producer), Richard Marquez (Production Manager), Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Chapters
Welcome Boomers and Fans to Warp Five (00:01:24)
And Here Comes a New Challenger (00:04:48)
The Rules of Engagement (00:07:30)
The List Got Sucker Punched (00:17:38)
Boomer or Bust or Brilliant (00:23:34)
Reed…Malcolm Reed (00:29:23)
Interstellar Southern Comfort (00:35:24)
Doctor Who? (00:42:38)
We Do Love Our Secondary Characters! (00:47:45)
Logical Choices All Around (01:07:12)
Taking a Quantum Leap of Casting (01:15:34)
Please Let Us Know About Your List! (01:27:15)

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Warp Five 80: The Name is Cole...Amanda Cole

MACO Corporal Amanda Cole.

In Season Three of Enterprise, the crew dynamic of the NX-01 was “enhanced" in a way that we had never seen before on Star Trek. Due to the dire circumstances that developed at the beginning of the Xindi Arc, we were introduced to an entirely new branch of service from the United Earth Government: the MACOs; a specialized military attachment with orders to safeguard the crew and protect the mission. In terms of the series, this infusion of secondary characters gave the audience an entirely new cast of faces and personalities to enjoy and explore! 

In this episode of Warp Five, Team Conference Room continues our research into the MACOs, with an in-depth look at Corporal Amanda Cole, played by actress Noa Tishby. Cole was seen in only a few minutes of the Season Three episode Harbinger, as Trip's new romantic interest and was the catalyst for sparking jealousy in T'Pol; a clear sign of her increasing emotional instability as the mission pressed further into the Delphic Expanse. Please join us as we discuss Amanda Cole's (albeit brief) role on Harbinger and her future potential for the series.

Hosts
Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen

Guests
Jeffrey Harlan and Floyd Dorsey

Production
C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer), Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer), Matthew Rushing (Editor and Executive Producer), Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer), Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer), Mike Morrison (Associate Producer), Richard Marquez (Production Manager), Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Chapters
Boomers Love Our Secondary Characters (00:01:21)
Our Fully Named MACO Cole-poral (00:04:48)
Getting on T’Pol’s Nerves (00:06:29)
The Yoko Ono MACO? (00:11:43)
More Than Just a Pretty Face (00:18:25)
Hypothetically Interviewing Noa Tishby (00:26:38)
Cole-umbia Possibilities? (00:31:20)
Floyd’s Cole-spiracy Theories (00:35:21)
When In Doubt, Blame Section 31 (00:45:19)
Cole-osing and Thank You for Listening (00:59:56)

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Warp Five 79: Hayes Fever

A Major Pain for Lt. Malcolm Reed...

In Season Three of Enterprise, the crew dynamic of the NX-01 was “enhanced" in a way that we have never seen before on Star Trek. Due to the dire circumstances that developed at the beginning of the Xindi Arc, we were introduced to an entirely new branch of service from the United Earth Government: the MACOs; a specialized military attachment with orders to safeguard the crew and protect the mission. On Warp Five Episode 11, Christopher Jones talked about the concept of the MACOs and how they were folded into the overall Star Trek mythos.

In this episode of Warp Five – Will, Jeff and our associate producers Mike Morrison and Floyd Dorsey continue our research into the MACOs, with an in-depth look at Major Jeremiah Hayes, played by actor Stephen Culp. Hayes was seen in only five episodes in Season Three as the commanding officer of the MACOs for the mission into the Delphic Expanse. He left and indelible mark as one of the most memorable second-tier characters on Enterprise; akin to the importance of Kellie Waymire’s Crewman Cutler. Please join your Warp Five Crew as we delve deeper into the MACOs' files and learn a great deal more about the valiant Major Hayes!

Host

Will Nguyen

Guests

Jeffrey Harlan, Floyd Dorsey and Mike Morrison

Editor

Matthew Rushing
 
Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Christopher Jones, Matthew Rushing and Charlynn Schmiedt
 
Associate Producers
Floyd Dorsey and Mike Morrison
 
Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager
Will Nguyen

Chapters

Welcome to all the New Arrivals (00:01:22)

Uh-Oh…Better Get MACOs (00:04:22)

Cut from the same Military Cloth (00:10:02)

It’s the Final (Hayes) Countdown! (00:18:03)

No Cure for Hayes Fever (00:25:49)

Associate Producers Spotlight (00:34:05)

Closing and Thank You for Listening (00:57:45)

 

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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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Warp Five 71: The Archer-Rans

The Captains on the series Enterprise not named Jonathan Archer.

On Warp Five, we often talk about the important role that Jonathan Archer had as Captain of the NX-01. Since he was the first Starfleet Captain for the first Warp Five capable ship, he didn't have the luxury of Captain's Logs or the precedents laid by the commanders before him. While it's true that Archer often had to rely on his own training and instincts, it is also true that he wasn't completely without contemporaries. Even though he was Captain of the Enterprise, he still had colleagues and friends in command of other ships and areas within Starfleet.

 

In this episode, we're going to take a closer look at the other Captains seen on the series Enterprise...not named Jonathan Archer; more specifically A.G. Robinson and Erika Hernandez (and even Captain Gardner to a smaller degree). What can their experiences tell us about Starfleet in the 22nd century? Would Captain Hernandez's role have been expanded if the series had continued beyond Season 4? Or...how would circumstances have been different if Robinson or Hernandez were given command of the NX-01 instead of Archer? Join us for all this and more!

 

Hosts
Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen

 

Editor

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and Matthew Rushing

 

Associate Producer

Floyd Dorsey

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro and a Battlefield Promotion (00:01:22)

Do you mean the Archer-Rans? (00:04:25)

A.G. Robinson was the better man (00:10:30)

Questioning Archer’s motivations (00:16:41)

What if Robinson became the first Captain? (00:20:46)

The first Female Starship Captain (00:26:46)

Decoding Turnabout Intruder (00:29:56)

So…back to Erika Hernandez (00:37:57)

A New Perspective for Future Captains (00:49:38)

Bringing In More Diversity (00:57:43)

 

Closing and Thanks For Listening (01:07:46)

 

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

Crewman Elizabeth Cutler. Our Eternal Valentine.

 

On Warp Five Episode 57: The Class of 2151, Christopher Jones and I discussed the pros and cons of having such a young and inexperienced crew at the helm of the very first Warp 5 deep space mission. But we deliberated these observations from officers at the command level - like Travis and Hoshi. However, Crewman Elizabeth Cutler was also a part of that same graduating class and in stark contrast to Hoshi, Crewman Cutler seemed far more comfortable in her responsibilities to the mission at launch.

 

Crewman Cutler boldly went forward into that vast unknown of deep space with fearlessness and optimism. That infectious positivity was thanks to the energy and spirit of the talented and lovely actress who breathed life into Crewman Cutler - Kellie Waymire. Sadly, as soon as we started to get to know her Kellie died from an undiagnosed cardiac arrhythmia at age 36. But she left behind an indelible mark, not only on Star Trek, but on the hearts of the fans as well. Norman C. Lao and his guests Will Nguyen, Tommy Kraft and Matthew Rushing dedicate this show to her.

 

Host

Norman C. Lao

 

Guests

Will Nguyen, Tommy Kraft and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor

Matthew Rushing

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao and Floyd Dorsey

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

 

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Introduction (00:01:18)  

Who was Kellie Waymire (00:05:17)  

A Strange New World Indeed (00:11:45)  

The Doctor's New Companion (00:22:41)  

Promise and Potential (00:31:48)  

Final Thoughts and Our Dedication (00:48:52)  

Closing (00:57:31)  

 

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Warp Five 61: Where No Boomer Has Gone Before

Travis Mayweather.

 

From the best and brightest that Starfleet had to offer, Travis Mayweather was chosen to be the first watch helmsman of the NX-01 because he was the most naturally gifted ensign trained for the position and logged in more deep space interstellar star hours than any pilot in StarFleet - from his earlier days as a "boomer"; a child born and raised in space on the ECS Horizon freight hauler, running cargo with his family until he joined Starfleet. He also was the first pilot to have been as far into deep space versus any other pilot candidate at that time.

 

In this episode of Warp Five, Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen discuss the merits and quality of the very first helmsman of the Enterprise legacy: Travis Mayweather. Was Travis the most naturally gifted pilot candidate from the graduating class of 2151? What did Archer see in him that was "special" and "unique," moreso than any other helmsman candidate in the NX-01 program? Please join us in the Decon Chamber for a fascinating study of Starfleet's very first Warp 5 pilot.

 

Host

Norman C. Lao

 

Guest

Will Nguyen

 

Editor

John Mills

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

 

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Introduction and Greetings from your New Host (00:01:06)  

Did Travis have the Right Stuff? (00:02:25)  

A Boomer of All Trades (00:06:39)  

Setting the Bar for Future Pilots (00:13:05)  

Archer as Mentor (00:19:20)  

Breathing life into Travis (00:22:46)  

Untapped Potential (00:31:30)  

Final Thoughts (00:40:11)  

Hoshi Station (00:48:00)  

Closing (00:56:04)  

 

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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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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:39am MDT

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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Warp Five 54: Misunderstood Moralist?

John Frederick Paxton.

Some people don't handle change well. Some see it as not only as an inconvenience but a threat. The Xindi Scare left many on Earth questioning the wisdom of interacting with aliens and allowing them to call our world home. This gave strength to a movement called Terra Prime, which had been around for a few decades prior to the Xindi attack. At the head of this group was John Frederick Paxton, an ailing leader who was willing to resort to drastic measures to rid Earth and the Terran systems of alien influence. He can be seen as the master of xenophobia, yet the actor who portrayed him, Peter Weller, described him as a misunderstood moralist.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tommy Kraft to discuss Paxton, his motivations, the contradictions in his words and actions, the motivations driving him to create a baby from Trip and T'Pol's DNA and fire upon San Francisco, and the legacy that he left behind.

 

Host

Christopher Jones

 

Guest

Tommy Kraft

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Chapters

An Unlikeable But Understandable Character (4:00)

Motivations (9:19)

A Colonel Green Disciple (16:50)

Contradictions (20:15)

Violent Tendencies (25:55)

Paxton's Legacy (36:18)

Closing (46:16)

 

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