Fri, 3 July 2015
It all began with a just handful of ships.
Enterprise had the unique opportunity, as the prequel series, to introduce many of the origins of basic Star Trek canon; how M-Class was derived from the Vulcan word Minshara (with regard to classifying planets suitable for humanoid life), the first use of photon(ic) torpedoes, at times hinting of creating the Prime Directive, and of course the first Starship named Enterprise. And possibly most important, Enterprise sheds light on the proud, yet trepidatious birth of the first Human fleet that comprised all of the United Earth Space Probe Agency's (UESPA) scientific exploration and planetary defense vessels.
For those of you who have watched or are currently watching Enterprise, you may not realize that in certain episodes, you truly see the limited reach and scope of Starfleet's ships of the line - in the mid 22nd century, they were likely a little less than a dozen ships in total. So, in this episode, we'll be exploring the origins of the first ships of Earth's Starfleet and the United Earth Space Probe Agency; how and why they were necessary and their service status while Archer and the crew of the NX-01 were pushing Warp Five into deep space.
Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen
Intro and Welcome Boomers! (00:01:22)
We Love Starships (00:02:13)
Credit Where Credit is Due! (00:03:33)
How Large is Starfleet in 2151? (00:05:28)
Evolving from The Phoenix (00:13:52)
The Warp Delta (00:15:30)
Will's Intrepid Love for a Design (00:23:08)
Budgeting for a Full Starfleet (00:39:23)
The Big Sister Ship (00:44:05)
By the Numbers (00:53:37)
Closing and Thanks For Listening (01:23:14)
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Thu, 3 April 2014
The NX Program.
Although Enterprise falls earlier on the timeline, it owes much of its premise to The Next Generation. Specifically, its central non-living character—the Warp Five engine—was born of the film First Contact and the work of Zefram Cochrane. Captain Archer's father, Henry, worked with Dr. Cochrane, and this would shape much of Jonathan's view of space exploration and the Vulcans. After two decades of development on the engine itself, the NX Program—which would marry the engine with a starship—began in the early 2140s. A decade later, the Enterprise was launched.
In this episode of Warp Five, we're joined by Earl Grey's Daniel Proulx to discuss the role Archer played in the development of the NX-01, the parallels between the NX Program and 1960s NASA, the role of the Vulcans, and how TNG and the Phoenix laid the foundation for the events we see in "First Flight" and for the Enterprise itself.