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

Season Two Travis Mayweather Moments.
 
The Enterprise NX-01 is known in Starfleet history as the first warp five-capable starship. And for every starship, there must be someone at the helm. The NX-01 was regularly helmed by Travis Mayweather, a young, quietly enthusiastic man who “couldn't call a place home unless it came with a pair of warp nacelles”. Born and raised on the cargo ship ECS Horizon, Travis was groomed to one day become captain of that ship, but instead followed his heart and joined Starfleet, to the apparent chagrin of his father. Though often not given much to do, Ensign Mayweather did have his moments throughout the series, moments often demonstrating just how important it is to have a skilled pilot at the helm.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Patrick Devlin and Brandi Jackola bring you their top five Travis Mayweather moments in season two of Star Trek: Enterprise. We discuss Action Travis, playing games with cows, vaguely worried looks, Travis as a running back, figuring out fan service, and how Mayweather can manually pilot the Enterprise through a minefield and not kill a guy stuck to the outside of the ship.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome Boomers (00:01:32)
Mayweather Season two (00:06:48)
First Moment (00:08:27)
Second Moment (00:11:25)
Third Moment (00:19:41)
Forth Moment (00:24:56)
Fifth Moment (00:38:10)
Final Thoughts (00:52:45)
Closing (00:57:25)
 
Hosts
Patrick Devlin and Brandi Jackola

 
Production
Patrick Devlin (Editor) Brandon-Shea Mutala (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) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 10:03pm MDT

New #WarpFive!
“Oh, Hoshi, I Love You!”
Season One Hoshi Moments
 
The earliest interactions between people are often the most formative - regardless of whether those people exist in real life, or fictional characters. Though first impressions can often be wrong, many people still cling to those initial moments and form judgments of a person or character, even if those judgments are inaccurate due to limited perception and experience. Therefore, if one is to really know another person or character, they must dive below the surface interactions, and find the heart of the matter, so to speak.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Patrick Devlin and Brandi Jackola discuss their favorite season one moments of Ensign Hoshi Sato, and give her the love she deserves. They speak of slug conduits, Planet Cancun, Section 31, joy and delight, and how Hoshi is the only person who ever had a good time on Risa.

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

Porthos.
 
The producers of Enterprise tried to make the new series stand on its own, and came up with interesting characters and plot points to set it apart from the series' that came before. One way that Enterpsie stood out was the cute and cuddly loyal friend of Captain Archer - Porthos the dog.  Brannon Braga and Rick Berman had always wanted to have a dog as a character that appeared regularly. However, they had been extremely worried that there could be a backlash against their decision to finally include a dog in a Star Trek series. 


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandi Jackola, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Patrick Devlin discuss the loving and loyal friend to Captain Archer - Porthos, his dog. We also discuss the real dogs that played Porthos, pets on the ship, the episodes he was in, and favorite appearances.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers (00:01:28) 
1 of 4 Puppies (00:04:18) 
Should a Dog be on a Starship? (00:07:42) 
Played by More Than One Dog (00:09:02)
Episodes With Porthos (00:12:25)
The Other Porthos (00:14:53)
Worried About Backlash (00:20:48)
Prop Dogs? (00:24:39)
1 of 4 Characters (00:27:02)
Novelization and Comics (00:28:39)
More About the Prized Beagle (00:30:56)
Porthos Interview (00:31:31)
Deleted Scenes (00:32:50)
Favorite Episodes (00:33:31)
Final Thoughts (00:38:21)
Listener Comments (00:40:33)
Closing (00:42:47)
 
Hosts
Brandi Jackola, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Patrick Devlin

 
Production
Patrick Devlin (Editor) Brandon-Shea Mutala (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)

Direct download: WF-134.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

Top 3 Phlox Moments. 
  
Many Star Trek fans cite the alien crew members as their favorite characters to watch because of the unique perspectives that can be utilized by the writers. While he can definitely be cited as the most optimistic crew member in all of Star Trek, Doctor Phlox has many different sides to his character including anger, and sadness.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala are joined by Justin Oser to discuss their top three Phlox moments from the four year run of Star Trek: Enterprise. We also discuss his sexual orientation, his love of food, as well as the smile that only a mother could love.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:28)
Emails (00:07:54) 
Moment 1 (00:13:58) 
Moment 2 (00:20:16) 
Moment 3 (00:28:06) 
Honorable Mentions (00:32:27) 
Final Thoughts (00:39:15)   
Closing (00:43:08)
 
Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Justin Oser
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor) 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 Procuder) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) (Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
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Category:Character Analysis -- 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)

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

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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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 6:00am MDT

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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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 6:00am MDT

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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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 6:00am MDT

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

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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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 4:00pm MDT

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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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 10:51am MDT

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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Direct download: wf-055.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 5:26am MDT

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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Direct download: wf-054.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 1:25am MDT

Warp Five 49: A Vaccine for Space Zombiness

T’Pol’s Drug Addiction.

We know that Vulcan's have emotions. In fact, they have more powerful emotions than humans. They just hide them well. The introduction of drug addiction to T’Pol’s story gave the writers a tool with which to break down the wall and show what is going on underneath the controlled, logical exterior. But was this needed for the continued growth of Vulcans as characters on the show? Was it needed exclusively for the growth of T’Pol?

In this episode of Warp Five we’re joined by Daniel Proulx to discuss this controversial part of Enterprise, how it evolved her character, whether or not her relationship with Trip would have happened without it, and how Jolene Blalock’s portrayal of a Vulcan in turmoil differed from her portrayal of the stiff, arrogant sub-commander of the first two seasons.

 

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Chapters

Introducing Drug Addiction to Star Trek (2:06)

Necessary for the Evolution of Vulcans and T'Pol? (11:17)

A Protective Neurotoxin for Vulcans (17:30)

Catalyst for T'Pol's Relationship with Trip? (21:48)

T'Pol's Later-Season Potential (26:30)

Final Thoughts (33:38)

Closing and Feedback (40:18)

Direct download: wf-049.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:30am MDT

Warp Five 42: In the Midst of Javelins and Arrows

Degra.

Throughout Enterprise's third season we see the Xindi Council debate their plans to destroy Earth. Each species has its say, but the central focus is on Degra, father of the Xindi superweapon. Modeled after J. Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atomic bomb, Degra is the Xindi with whom we can most easily identify because he represents the primate lineage of evolution on Xindus. He also mirrors Archer in many ways, and turns out to be the linchpin in the NX-01's mission to save Earth and the Star Trek future.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tommy Kraft to discuss Degra, how his actions echo those of scientists on our own world, how his immense regret over the damage caused by his creation drives him to help Archer, and how he pays the ultimate price to make sure he saves both his own people and those he originally set out to destroy.

Direct download: wf-042.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 7:32am MDT

Warp Five 38: A Silver Linings Playbook

Phlox.

Star Trek wouldn't quite be Star Trek without an alien on the crew. That outside voice to comment on humanity is key to examining ourselves through science fiction. With the Vulcans being portrayed differently from what we were accustomed to during Spock's time, Enterprise had to turn elsewhere for someone who could comment on events that were new to human explorers. Enter a new race, the Denobulans, and a new character, Doctor Phlox.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Matthew Rushing for a close look at Phlox, the challenges in creating such a character in a prequel, his place amongst Chief Medical Officers, his role as defacto counselor aboard the NX-01, and the brilliance of John Billingsly.

Direct download: wf-038.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 6:19am MDT

Warp Five 29: The King of Kaboom

Malcolm Reed.

Like The Original Series, Enterprise established a triumvirate at the top. In TOS that was Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. On Enterprise it was Archer, T'Pol, and Trip. At the same time, Enterprise took a cue from the other post-TOS series and created a deep cast of supporting characters. One of those was Lieutenant Malcolm Reed, the NX-01's armory officer who redefined the role that we had come to know in Star Trek as "tactical."

In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Tyler Johnson take a close look at the character or Malcolm Reed, whether or not his growth during the series lived up to the rich backstory established for the navy man with aquaphobia, how he fit into the overall theme of the show, his role within the crew, and why he will be forever be connected with the tangy taste of pineapple.

Direct download: wf-029.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Warp Five 19: Disarming Southern Charm

Charles “Trip” Tucker III.

In creating the cast of characters that would man the NX-01, the writers sought to recapture the spirit of The Original Series with a dynamic triumvirate. As with Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, this 22nd-century trio would include two humans and a Vulcan—and dash of Southern charm. Only this time, rather than in a doctor, that charm would find itself in a younger and perhaps less grumpy engineer. The formula worked well and it wasn’t long before Charles “Trip” Tucker III became a fan-favorite. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss Trip, how his Southern charm disarmed both the audience and his crewmates, his deep friendship with Captain Archer, and how his growth through experiences with new worlds and new civilizations led him to the most unexpected of places—a romance with T’Pol.

Direct download: wf-019.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Warp Five 14: A Point-of-View Character

Hoshi Sato.

The Universal Translator made communications easy for the likes of Kirk and Picard—but it wasn't always so simple. One of the many ways in which Enterprise sought to build a deeper connection with own time was in taking a more realistic approach to language. Much as The Original Series had a dedicated communications officer in Uhura, Enterprise gave us the same in Hoshi Sato. Only in the case of Hoshi, the writers also introduced us to the person who would be instrumental in developing the universal linguistics matrix that would power communications with alien races in the 23rd and 24th centuries. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh take a close look at Hoshi, how her childhood influenced her interest in languages, how she played the role of the audience in the series, and how she grew immensely during her time aboard the NX-01—even if it happened in the shadows of other characters. 

Direct download: wf-014.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

Warp Five 8: Austere Yet Sensual

T'Pol.

Enterprise was set up to recapture the triumvirate of The Original Series; and having a Vulcan in that mix was only logical. In a pre-launch interview in Star Trek Communicator, Larry Nemecek described it this way: "Stoic rationality with a dose of paternal arrogance. The character of Sub-Commander T'Pol embodies everything humans have come to feel about Vulcans in the short span since Zefram Cochrane and first contact." And that's just who she was—at first. But over the course of four seasons T'Pol became so much more, shifting from the world of her Vulcan roots to that of her human crewmates. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh take a close look at T'Pol, the process of casting Jolene Blalock, the challenges of recapturing Vulcan, the key turning points on her journey, and some of our favourite T'Pol moments.

Direct download: wf-008.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

Captain Archer.

Before there was Picard, Sisko, Janeway, or even Kirk, there was Archer. When it came to casting the captain of Starfleet’s first Warp 5 vessel, Scott Bakula was the more than just a person of interest—he was the prize. And they got him. Despite his established geek cred as Quantum Leap’s Sam Beckett, reception of Bakula’s Jonathan Archer by fans and media was lukewarm. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh take a close look at Captain Archer, his role in leading Earth into the galactic community, and why Scott Bakula was the ideal choice for portraying a leader who is naturally much more like us than the intrepid leaders of the 23rd and 24th centuries. 

Direct download: wf-003.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT