Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast (interviews)

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

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

100: It Was Like Jumping Onto a Moving Train

Manny Coto Interview.

If you had Manny Coto sitting across from you, what would you ask him?  What would you want to talk about with the show runner for Star Trek: Enterprise's Season Four? Would you have questions about Season Five? Would you ask him about his plans for the Romulans? Would you like to know what he thought about "These Are the Voyages?"

In this episode of Warp Five, host Floyd Dorsey is joined by Brandon-Shea Mutala as they chat with Manny Coto. Join in as they discuss what was going on behind the scenes toward the end of the series, and hear Manny's lively answers to listener questions.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25) 
Welcome, Manny! (00:04:28) 
Favorite Show or Film Written (00:09:36) 
"Similitude" (00:11:36) 
Larry Drake, Peter Weller, and Horror Influences (00:12:55) 
Fandom (00:16:12) 
Approach to Enterprise (00:19:13) 
Coming in Mid-Season (00:22:23) 
Co-Executive Vs Executive (00:24:29) 
Given the Keys for Season Four (00:25:37) 
Season Four Direction(00:28:05) 
Novel Writers (00:29:17) 
"These Are the Voyages..." (00:31:28) 
Planning out a Final Year (00:33:07) 
Difficulties for a Season Long Arc (00:34:58) 
How Enterprise Season Three Help You on 24?(00:37:19) 
The Mirror Universe (00:40:18) 
24 Season 7 (00:41:57) 
Listener Questions (00:45:12) 
Crazy Ideas (00:46:23) 
Admiral Forrest (00:50:09) 
The Other NX Ships (00:51:53) 
Hernandez and Representation (00:53:16) 
Shipping (00:56:11) 
Future Dude? (00:59:16) 
Three Episode Arcs (00:49:51) 
Wrapping Up (01:01:48) 
Final Thoughts (01:05:44) 


Hosts
Floyd Dorsey
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Manny Coto

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

Direct download: wf-100.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 4:00am MDT

97: Giving Birth on National Television

If you had a chance to speak to a stealthy, Section 31 agent, what questions would you ask? What would you say if he informed you that he'd also worked undercover in all Star Trek series beginning with _The Next Generation_? Would you be surprised if he also told you he was an author of middle grade and young adult novels?

In this episode of _Warp Five_, host Floyd Dorsey is joined by _Melodic Treks_ host, Brandon-Shea Mutala, to have a chat with Eric Pierpoint. Find out what it was like to try to be a secret agent wearing squeaky pants, how he was able to give birth on national television, starring in _Alien Nation_, and how close he was to commanding _Deep Space Nine_ and the _U.S.S. Voyager_.

Chapters

Intro (00:00:00)  
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25)  
Eric Beams In (00:04:47)  
The Audition Process (00:05:25)  
Alien Nation and George Francisco (00:12:24)  
Make Up and Prosthetics (00:17:27)  
Were you a Star Trek fan? (00:19:34)  
They Like to Keep You in the Dark (00:28:15)  
Section 31 (00:29:13)  
Back to Alien Nation (00:37:22)  
Most Rewarding Acting Experience (00:41:36)  
Six (00:43:46)  
Young Adult Novels (00:45:18)  
Finding Eric and His Books (00:55:19)  
Final Thoughts (01:00:59)  

Host  

Floyd Dorsey  

Guests  

Brandon-Shea Mutala Eric Pierpoint  

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

 

 

Direct download: wf-097.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 6:15pm MDT

Anthony Montgomery Talks Travis and Star Trek.

Travis Mayweather may not have been the first human born in space, but for us he will always be the space "boomer" nearest and dearest to our hearts! Chosen to be the first-watch helmsman of the NX-01, Travis was the most naturally-gifted ensign and logged more deep-space interstellar star hours than any pilot in Starfleet. From his early days on the ECS Horizon, running cargo with his family, to his years of distinguished service aboard the Enterprise, Travis was the personification of enthusiasm and optimism in a future where no "boomer" had gone before.

In this episode of Warp Five, Will Nguyen is joined by none other than the brilliant, multi-talented Anthony Montgomery, the man who brought Travis Mayweather to life. In this very special interview, Anthony gives us a rare tour of his career, shares with us his memories of how he first started acting, why he auditioned for Enterprise, and his fondest memories of the show. Anthony also updates us on what's happening with his graphic novel series Miles Away, shares a few updates on other things that he's currently working on, and talks about his upcoming appearance at the 2050 Daytona Beach con in Florida.

If you’d like to find out more about 2050 Daytona Beach, set for Halloween weekend (Oct 30 - Nov 1), visit http://2050.events.

Chapters
The Beginning of Anthony’s Acting Career (00:01:23)
From the Theater to the Enterprise (00:05:30)
Anthony’s Favorite Travis Performance That Was Cut (00:09:53)
Fondest Memories of Star Trek Enterprise (00:16:40)
Miles Away and Other Current Projects (00:19:17)
2050 Daytona Beach Convention Details (00:33:08)
Closing and Thank You for Listening (00:35:26)

Host
Will Nguyen

Special Guest Star
Anthony Montgomery

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

Direct download: wf-s2.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 12:28am MDT

Warp Five 41: The Green Girl

Crystal Allen and D'Nesh.

Enterprise brought back Orion slave girls, which we had not seen since the Original Series in "Whom Gods Destroy." And as Enterprise did with so many things from TOS, this appearance put a very interesting twist on a familiar theme. In the fourth-season episode "Bound" we're introduced to three Orion slave girls, the sisters Navaar, D'Nesh, and Maras. Through their interactions with Archer, the NX-01 crew, and their supposed owner Harrad-Sar, we learn more than we had ever known about these exotic women and their role in Orion society.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by one of these three sisters—or at least the actress who portrayed her—Crystal Allen, who, as D'Nesh, bent a member of the Enterprise's crew to her will. We talk to Crystal about getting into acting, her pre-acting career as a dancer and model, how she landed the role of D'Nesh and what it was like working on the set, and even her love of cooking.

Direct download: wf-041.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

Warp Five 9: From Voyager to Enterprise

Robert Duncan McNeill.

Star Trek has a history of allowing actors to direct episodes. Often this comes in the form of a dual role on a specific series, but also familiar faces from one incarnation of Star Trek have gone on to helm stories in later installments. One such case is Robert Duncan McNeill, who not only gave us brilliant performances as Tom Paris but also brought a wonderful creative vision to both Voyager and Enterprise. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh are joined by Robbie to discuss the process of directing Enterprise, how he drew upon experience as an actor and director on Voyager, and about the overall artistic challenges and rewards of directing television. 

Direct download: wf-009.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

Warp Five 6: Drexler! Drexler! Drexler!

Doug Drexler.

The creative challenge of designing a ship that would be retro within the Star Trek universe yet still accessible to our modern technological sensibilities was a huge challenge. And when efforts to settle on a concept came to a stalemate, they called in the big gun: Doug Drexler. The Academy Award-winning makeup artist and Emmy Award-winning visual effects designer whose hand can be seen across every corner of the Star Trek franchise solved the problem and brought us the NX-01. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh are joined by Doug to talk about how the first Enterprise came to be, about the refit that we might have seen had the show continued, as well as his lifelong love affair with Trek and his work on the various series—including makeup work on TNG’s “The Inner Light.” We also touch on the possibility of Enterprise returning for a fifth season on Netflix, something Doug has avidly supported. Now read the show title in Michael Dorn’s voice and hop aboard for a fascinating discussion!

Direct download: wf-006.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

2: An Extrapolation

Brannon Braga Talks Enterprise.

He started his career with Star Trek as an intern on The Next Generation and went on to become one of the most influential creatives behind the evolution of the franchise, penning the classic “All Good Things…” as well as Generations and First Contact before moving on to Voyager. Brannon Braga is responsible for some of Star Trek’s most memorable voyages, and in 2000 he teamed up with Rick Berman to develop the most unique of the Star Trek series—a prequel called simply Enterprise. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh are joined by Brannon to discuss the creation of Enterprise, the handling of the Vulcans, the challenge of writing a prequel, and we even learn about the original ending of the fan favourite “Dear Doctor.” 

Direct download: wf-002.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT