Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast (broad series discussion)
103: That's Really Cute

Toys with Tenuto.

Science Fiction and toys have gone hand in hand since studios realized that they could make money off of their intellectual properties, and both Star Trek and Star Wars were no exception to the flood of creative ideas to grace the toy shelves. Beginning with toys that were re-labelled as "Astro" toys that weren't originally created for Star Trek, all the way through the current line of Eaglemoss star ships, we take a nostalgic, fun filled trip back to days of garage sales and dollar discount bins filled with wonderful toys.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala are joined by sociology professor and Star Trek expert John Tenuto to discuss the fascinating history of Star Trek toys. We also discuss toy lines that were abandoned, toys that continue to get reissued, and we even offer some advice for the aspiring collector of goodies from the final frontier.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25) 
Welcome, John! (00:02:56) 
Our History With Star Trek Toys (00:03:55) 
Library Talks (00:09:08) 
A History on the Toys (00:11:23) 
Quality (00:19:32) 
Enterprise Toys (00:22:00) 
They Looked So Real They Used Them on the Show (00:28:10) 
A Lot of Great Stuff (00:36:27) 
Advice for Collectors (00:42:14) 
Finding John (00:49:35) 
Final Thoughts and Feedback (00:51:50) 

Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
John Tenuto

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:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

99: They Had Steak, They Had Salad

The Little Things.

What is that little thing that makes you love Star Trek: Enterprise? That little detail that makes the series speak to you in a way that others may not.  It could be something that makes it stand out compared to the other series, or it could be a nice homage to one of them. It could be subtle, or it could be very obvious.  What are those little things that makes you want to join the crew of the NX-01 again and again? 

In this episode of Warp Five, host Floyd Dorsey is joined by Brandon-Shea Mutala to list the little things that they love about Enterprise. They also give a lot of shout-outs as they share many of the little things that listeners wrote in. 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25) 
One More Than Enterprise (00:02:30) 
The Little Things (00:03:39) 
Final Thoughts (00:34:31) 

Host
Floyd Dorsey

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)

Direct download: wf-099.mp3
Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Warp Five 69: Is There Facebook in 2151?

How does the NX-01 Crew enjoy their off-duty downtime?

We all know how tough work hours can be, and the pressures and responsibilities of Starfleet's best and brightest crewmen and women aboard the NX-01 in 2151 were obviously enormous. So, what did they do off-duty to help themselves relax? Did Archer JUST watch Water Polo videos? Did T'Pol JUST read Surak and drink Tea? How did Hoshi keep her linguistic skills sharp? Did she enjoy practicing languages for fun? Where did they go to drink, to play chess, to read...to just simply hang out and shake off the stresses of the day?

 

One of the dynamics we as fans love to project into our fandom is this premise: What if the NX-01 mission was in fact real? Because if we believe this to be true - then we also must believe that certain cultural touchstones had to have evolved in some way because they were worth preserving. And as seen through most of Star Trek, heirlooms and antiquities - music, books, eyeglasses, keepsakes and even quotable Shakespeare (in both Human English and obviously the original Klingon) survived because these human touchstones were worth preserving culturally.

 

Hosts

Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen

Guest

Tommy Kraft

Editor

Matthew Rushing

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao and Floyd Dorsey

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro and Real Life Happens (00:01:22)

How Does the NX-01 Crew Wind Down? (00:04:08)

1879 to now to 2151 (00:10:55)

The Human Ties That Bind (00:17:46)

Creating a Sense of Community (00:21:53)

Quark Envy (00:28:30)

Gaming on the NX-01 (00:31:39)

The Future of Fitness (00:39:00)

Enjoying One’s Work Off Duty (00:45:30)

In Most Need of a Vacation (00:48:28)

One Last Way To Connect (00:55:43)

 

Closing and Thanks For Listening! (01:06:20)

 

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Direct download: wf-069.mp3
Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT

Warp Five 44: Everything Comes Back to Demons

In-Universe Connections.

Enterprise wasn't just a prequel to The Original Series, it was a prequel to all of Star Trek. That meant that we saw some familiar races and themes "for the first time," and some were more obvious than others. Andorians and Vulcans are major connections to the "future," but there were also many more subtle gems dropped into four seasons of 22nd-century adventures. In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tyler Johnson to talk about the obvious connections, the subtle connections, and the Easter eggs that tie Enterprise into the four chapters of Star Trek that came before it.

Direct download: wf-044.mp3
Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 7:03am MDT

Warp Five 35: Chilling in the Sweet Spots

Hobbies of the NX-01 Crew.

Every crew needs to relax from time to time. Fighting aliens and repairing the ship can be a drag. So just how do Starfleet crews unwind? In the 24th century exciting vistas, interactive literature, and even a racy evening on the town are just a holodeck program away. But in the 22nd century, quarters are cramped and technology is more modest. In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Phillip Gilfus take a look at the many ways the crew of the NX-01 pass their free time and relieve the stress of deep space exploration, from group activities like movie night to the indivial hobbies of Archer and his intrepid crew.

Direct download: wf-035.mp3
Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

Warp Five 23: By Human Hands

Xenophobia and The Coalition of Planets.

When Enterprise began we all expected that—as a prequel to the Star Trek we already knew—the series might end with the founding of the Federation. Unfortunately the story was cut short and we never got to see those events play out. We did, however, get one step closer with the final two episodes set in the 22nd century, “Demons” and “Terra Prime.” In the aftermath of the Xindi scare many on Earth were understandably cautious about joining the galactic community. And in true historic form, this caution fueled the fire of racism and hatred.

In this episode of Warp Five Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss the central theme of the final two-parter—xenophobia—and how John Frederick Paxton’s Earth-first movement, Terra Prime, embodies the challenges that always have—and always will—stand between us and progress. We also discuss the final moments of character development in the series and whether these two episodes are the finale to Enterprise rather than “These Are the Voyages.”

Direct download: wf-023.mp3
Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Warp Five 21: Zombies Cannot Be Reasoned With

Horror on Enterprise.

Star Trek has a great tradition of taking classic elements of horror and putting a spine-tingling, futuristic twist on them. The Original Series did this especially well, whether riffing on vampires in “The Man Trap,” possession in “The Lights of Zetar,” or even Jack the Ripper in “Wolf In the Fold.” As a prequel to TOS, Enterprise frequently dipped into horror as well—no doubt thanks to a fondness for the genre in series creator Brannon Braga. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss seven specific episodes of Enterprise that take classic elements of horror and put our crew through the frightening realities of exploring deep space.

Direct download: wf-021.mp3
Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Warp Five 18: An Unexpected Connection

Continuity and Consequences.

When Star Trek premiered in 1966, episodic television was the norm. By the time Enterprise premiered in 2001, serialized dramas were becoming the standard. Today we expect stories that span a season or an entire series. We also expect that the events of one episode will impact those to come. For Star Trek fans, this is something that DS9 did brilliantly. So how did Enterprise, as the most recent incarnation of Star Trek on TV, build upon DS9’s example to meet the expectations for continuity and consequences? In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss various elements of Enterprise to see where and how the writers balanced the studio’s desire for self-contained stories with the need to build a rich and ongoing story that would keep viewers engaged over the course of the series.

Direct download: wf-018.mp3
Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Warp Five 17: Future Guy Is Jacob

The Temporal Cold War.

Resistant to the idea of a prequel series, the studio went in search of an element that could give Enterprise a futuristic storyline that would extend beyond Voyager. “The 22nd century is already futuristic,” you are no doubt thinking. And you would be right. But it wasn’t futuristic enough and so Brannon Braga dusted off an idea that he had been considering for a separate television show and The Temporal Cold War was born. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss The Temporal Cold War, its original form compared to the one it took as part of Enterprise, whether it would have been better off as its own show, and how we feel about the various time travel elements used in Star Trek in general. We also look at the different factions involved in the conflict and reveal the true identity of Future Guy. 

Direct download: wf-017.mp3
Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

Warp Five 11: Fighting for the Future

The MACO.

The idea of exploring deep space and taking a NASA-like approach to the cosmos is great, but Archer and Starfleet quickly learned that the galaxy is a dangerous place. Following the Xindi attack, purely military personnel were assigned to the Enterprise marking the an important shift in identity for United Earth's young space agency. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss the MACO, the impact their introduction had on the series and on Starfleet's mission, and why the debate over whether Starfleet is a scientific or military organization is not an either-or proposition.

Direct download: wf-011.mp3
Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT