Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast (season overviews)

Season Three Retrospective Part 2.
 
Season three of Star Trek: Enterprise was an brave experiment of storytelling with the franchises 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 second part in our season three retrospective. We discuss the episodes "Impulse," "Exile," "The Shipment," and "Twilight." We also discuss the history of the Xindi, how "Exile" was inspired by Beauty and the Beast, and Doppler effects in space.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25) 
"Impulse" (00:04:48) 
"Exile" (00:17:50) 
"The Shipment" (00:26:38) 
"Twilight" (00:42:14) 
Final Thoughts (00:54:40)

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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

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Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

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)

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Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

96: Boba Fett Will Be Played by Jeffrey Combs

Enterprise Season Two, Part Three.

Was Trip right to try to help the Cogenitor?  Why didn't Picard know about the Borg if Archer had already ran into them? Is it strange to see Tellarites with fingers, or is it strange that a couple of them had hooves around one hundred years later?

In this episode of Warp Five, host Floyd Dorsey is joined by Melodic Treks host Brandon-Shea Mutala and Meta Treks co-host Mike Morrison to answer these questions, and more, as they analyze the topics and situations that stand out in the last half of season two.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25) 
"Horizon" (00:04:27) 
"The Breach" (00:14:54) 
"Cogenitor" (00:26:41) 
"Regeneration" (00:48:27)   
"Bounty" (00:56:12) 
"The Expanse" (01:01:06) 
Final thoughts (01:11:13) 


Host
Floyd Dorsey

Guests
Brandon-Shea Mutala
Mike Morrison

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-096.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 4:00am MDT

95: Creepy Standing Around Staring

Enterprise Season Two, Part Two

Did wisps of smoke make Malcolm lurk in the corridor, or was that just Malcolm being Malcolm? What do you call a third co-husband? Are Andorian women larger than their male counterparts, or is Shran just short?

In this episode of Warp Five, host Floyd Dorsey is joined by Melodic Treks host Brandon-Shea Mutala and Meta Treks co-host Mike Morrison to analyze the topics and situations that stand out in the last half of season two.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
"First Flight" (00:09:37) 
"Future Tense" (00:14:00) 
"Stigma" (00:17:20) 
"Cease Fire" (00:24:30) 
"Canamar" (00:27:42)  
"The Crossing" (00:31:25) 
"Judgement" (00:40:50) 

Host
Floyd Dorsey

Guests
Brandon-Shea Mutala
Mike Morrison

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)

Direct download: wf-095.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 4:00am MDT

90: I Love Lucy Is Definitely Canon

Enterprise Season Two, Part One.

When most fans name their favorite year of Enterprise, seasons one, three, or four often tops the list. However, season two delivers excellent episodes that address continuity and topics that stretch across all of the Star Trek series. So, why is the NX-01's sophomore outing so often overlooked?

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Jeffrey Harlan are joined by Continuing Mission host Dennis Castello to analyze the topics and situations that really stand out in the first half of season two.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Recapping the Star Trek Beyond Fan Event (00:05:23)
Season Two, Part One (00:13:03)
Shockwave and Carbon Creek (00:15:44)
The Seventh (00:22:37)
Minefield (00:28:13)
Dead Stop (00:33:11)
The Catwalk (00:37:38)
Marauders (00:39:32)
Precious Cargo (00:41:24)
Final Thoughts (00:45:38)

Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Jeffrey Harlan

Guest
Dennis Castello

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and 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-090.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 5:25pm MDT

Warp Five 87: I Love Me Some Shran

Season One Favorites.

As the popularity of Enterprise grows, ten years after the NX-01’s final voyage, many fans share the sentiment that the once-unpopular prequel has one of the strongest first seasons in all of Star Trek. But which of the 25 episodes that marked the show’s freshman outing are the favorites of our own crew?

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Jeffrey Harlan are joined by Mike Morrison of Meta Treks to share their three favorite episodes plus honorable mentions. Which episodes got multiple votes? Which are the obvious choices? Which aren’t? And what does Clint Howard have to do with it? Grab a glass of blue ale and find out.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Mike and Jeff: Broken Bow (00:04:30)
Floyd: Strange New World (00:07:53)
Mike and Floyd: Dear Doctor (00:10:22)
Jeff: The Andorian Incident (00:12:55)
Mike: Fallen Hero (00:16:03)
Jeff: Detained (00:17:53)
Floyd: Acquisition (00:19:35)
Mike: Fortunate Son (00:21:41)
Jeff: Cold Front and Shockwave (00:27:05)
Mike: Shuttlepod One (00:28:03)
Floyd: Vox Sola (00:30:06)
Recap (00:30:43)

Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Jeffrey Harlan

Guest
Mike Morrison

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and 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-087.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 11:41am MDT

Warp Five 86: Phlox Steals This One

Enterprise Season One: Two Guys Walk Into a Bar.

You’ve probably heard a joke that starts with the line, “Two guys walk into a bar…” But when they visited Risa, Tucker and Reed actually lived this joke! The end of Enterprise's first season finally gave the crew a chance to get some shore leave, but they had to navigate more than a few bumps along the way. These unexpected detours included investigating a shipwreck, getting thrown into an internment camp, and finding themselves in the thick of the Temporal Cold War!

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Jeffrey Harlan are joined by Tommy Kraft to discuss not only the conclusion to Enterprise Season One, but also for a final update before his Enterprise-era movie, Star Trek Horizon, premieres. The group also discusses the themes in the final seven episodes of the first season as they applaud finally seeing an “alien” alien, explain how Phlox stole an episode, and more. Plus, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country makes a guest appearance that nearly takes over this episode of Warp Five!

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Star Trek Horizon Update (00:01:49)
Oasis (00:05:07)
Detained (00:09:18)
Vox Sola (00:13:44)
Desert Crossing (00:18:14)
Two Days and Two Nights (00:22:31)
Shockwave, Part I (00:26:17)
Final Thoughts (00:38:12)

Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Jeffrey Harlan

Guest
Tommy Kraft

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and 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-086.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 7:54am MDT

Warp Five 85: To All the Girls He Loved Before (Or At Least Knew)

Enterprise Season One: To Help or Not Help.

While Tucker and Reed tried their best to find out if one bottle is really enough, the latter half of Season One tested Captain Archer with some very difficult decisions. More and more often, we began to see that the human morals and ethics the NX-01 crew brought with them didn't always serve them well as they encountered strange, alien species more frequently.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Jeffrey Harlan are joined by Mike Morrison of Meta Treks as they discuss the themes of the latter half of Enterprise's freshman season. Listen in as they debate the life-and-death decisions of Captain Archer, try to explain how a rogue planet might have green vegetation, and promote what could be a great two-man play.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Dear Doctor (00:05:59)
Sleeping Dogs (00:13:35)
Shadows of P'Jem (00:17:19)
Rogue Planet (00:19:00)
Shuttlepod One (00:21:29)
Fusion (00:24:17)
Acquisition (00:29:09)
Final Thoughts (00:39:37)

Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Jeffrey Harlan

Guest
Mike Morrison

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and 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-085.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 7:47am MDT

Warp Five 83: Space ... The Final Frontier

Enterprise Season One: The Early Missions.

Just how do you create a prequel to a universe as fleshed out as Star Trek? The challenge that faced the writers and producer's of Enterprise was not an easy one. The first season tried to lay the groundwork for Starfleet's very first outing into deep space and to place the Star Trek future must closer to us, to something that we could actually relate to. What worked? What didn't work? Was it the "prequel" that fans were expecting? In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Norman Lao and Will Nguyen are joined by Floyd Dorsey, Mike Morrison, and Jeffrey Harlan for an in-depth look at the very beginning of Enterprise, focusing on the first six episodes of Season One.

Chapters
The First Six Episodes (00:04:08)
Hoshi: A Point-of-View Character (00:11:05)
Strange New World: Solidifying Optimism (00:14:16)
Unexpected: A Bit Inappropriate? (00:16:20)
Terra Nova: Should've Been a Two-Parter? (00:18:42)
Working Out the Design Puzzle (00:23:14)
Does It Work As a Prequel? (00:26:41)
Early Standout Characters (00:33:47)
Early Characters That Needed Time (00:41:46)
Final Thoughts on the First Six (00:51:03)
Passing the Baton (01:01:56)

Hosts
Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen

Guests
Floyd Dorsey, Mike Morrison, and Jeffrey Harlan

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and 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)

Direct download: wf-083.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 7:57am MDT

Warp Five 67: Enterprise Season One Remix

Re-imagining Enterprise Season One.

"What if...", "Missed Opportunities...", "So much potential..." - stop me if these phrases sound familiar when describing Enterprise. When Brannon Braga originally pitched Enterprise to the United Paramount Network - a.k.a. the UPN - his original mission statement was essentially "Star Trek meets The Right Stuff". However the "executive powers that be" saw things differently and the first season of Enterprise never truly established itself as the prequel series that eventually would have become a bonafide source for Star Trek historical canon.

 

Fast forward a bit to Season Two and to one of my favorite episodes of Enterprise - FIRST FLIGHT. In this episode, Brannon Braga was finally able to find the right tone and storytelling format to illustrate his original pitch. If Brannon was given the freedom to execute his vision and introduce what he believed was "true to existing canon" story progression, I believe he would have successfully created a bedrock foundation for answering the most important question about this series...the WHY: Why was this prequel important to the overall cannon and history of Star Trek?

 

Host
Norman C. Lao


Guests
Will Nguyen and Tommy Kraft

 

Editor
Matthew Rushing

 

Associate Producers
Norman C. Lao and Floyd Dorsey

 

Production Manager
Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro and Welcome to the World of What If (00:01:25)  

Politics, Paxton and Possibilities (00:05:28)  

Characteristically Caring About Characters (00:14:25)  

From Cargo Hauling to Terrorism (00:24:25)  

A Chess Match Across Time Zones (00:36:45)  

Closing and Thanks For Listening! (00:59:43)  

 

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Direct download: wf-067.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT