Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast (vulcans)

Vulcans and the Path to Discovery. 
Vulcans have been a part of Star Trek since the first episode of the original series. Viewers spent decades with this race, feeling that they understood what Vulcans represent, and how they behave. Then Star Trek: Enterprise came along and showed us a different side of the Vulcans - a side which is also represented in Star Trek: Discovery.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala, Patrick Devlin, and Brandi Jackola are joined by special guest Nicolas Anastassiou. They discuss the similarities of the Vulcans in Enterprise and Discovery, ponder first impressions and perceptions versus fact, ruminate on whether Vulcans are without emotion, and determine if a future episode of the podcast will be The Search for Patrick.

Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:31) 
iTunes Review (00:02:36) 
Welcome, Nic! (00:14:58) 
Our Perception of the Vulcans (00:21:20) 
Tuvok (00:31:39) 
What it Meant to be a Vulcan (00:35:55) 
Held to a Higher Standard (00:42:44) 
More Enlightened Vulcans (00:52:20) 
Interacting With Humans (00:58:04) 
The Higher Ups (01:04:00) 
Final Thoughts (01:11:21)
Closing (01:20:55)
Brandon-Shea Mutala, Brandi Jackola, and Patrick Devlin
Nic Anistassiou
 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) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Joe Saltzman (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-142.mp3
Category:Vulcans -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

Mind Melds in the 22nd Century. 

The Vulcan mind meld is one of the most iconic elements in the history of Star Trek. Next to the salute, it is probably the most recognized aspect of the Vulcan people. But the mind meld that we came to know through the TOS films, TNG, and beyond was not the mainstay throughout Vulcan history. There was a time when the joining of minds was viewed as a deviant act, something that should be avoided and a way of contracting a lethal disease.

In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Norm Lao discuss Vulcan mind melds as they are shown in the time of Archer, when Vulcans had strayed from the teachings of Surak. Was the view of this act as deviant behavior legitimate? Or was the stigmatization of mind melding merely a way for an oppressive government to control the populace? We explore the various aspects of this ancient Vulcan practice and how it changed over the centuries. 



Christopher Jones and Norman C. Lao


Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones


Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao


Production Manager

Richard Marquez


Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen



A Twist of Mysticism (00:05:03)

A Deviant Practice? (00:08:20)

Controlling the Populace (00:15:40)

Beyond the Kir’Shara (00:27:31)

Final Thoughts (00:32:57)

Closing and Feedback (00:36:41)


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Direct download: wf-060.mp3
Category:Vulcans -- posted at: 2:23am MDT

Warp Five 45: I Want to Experience the World of Emotions!

Vulcans on Enterprise.

When jumping backwards a century—or even two—you would expect that races and societies to be different. Yet one thing about about Enterprise that ruffled the feathers of Star Trek fans the most was the portrayal of Vulcans. Despite having gotten to know very few Vulcans over the course of four series and nine films, fans had a preconceived notion of what they all should be like. Spock preached the virtues of logic (though he didn't always practice it), Tuvok was the poster child for emotional control, and the deceptive Valeris was… Kim Cattrall.

To build upon First Contact, to follow the path of how Vulcan-Human cooperation evolved, and to make them an integral part of the series week after week required giving some depth and backstory to what was a famous but mostly blank slate. Otherwise they would have gotten boring very quickly.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tyler Johnson and Tommy Kraft to discuss Vulcans on Enterprise, including where they came from—before Surak and through the Time of Awakening—and how they strayed from the path of logic to find themselves wandering through the wilderness and staring at a fork in the road during the 22nd century. We also discuss the V'tosh ka'tur, the Vulcan exploration of emotion, flirtation with military dictatorship, the rediscovery of the Kir'Shara, and the Vulcan Reformation.

Direct download: wf-045.mp3
Category:Vulcans -- posted at: 8:45am MDT