Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast (episode discussions)
102: All 173 Rules of Acquisition

"Acquisition" and the Ferengi in Enterprise.

When developing a premise for a new Star Trek series, Rick Berman and Brannon Braga decided that the successor to Star Trek: Voyager would have its sights set on the past. As a prequel to Star Trek, Enterprise was designed to explain how we got from present day, through World War III, and into the 23rd century. Many aliens that we would see in the show originated with the Star Trek that was created in the sixties. However, the creators did bring in a few other races that we would not see until the era of The Next Generation.

In this episode of Warp Five, Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Amy Nelson, co-host of Earl Grey, to discuss the Ferengi, and their appearance in the 22nd century. We talk about seeds laid during "Dear Doctor" for their appearance in "Acquisition," how their portrayal in the 22nd century compares to their portrayal in the 24th century, oo-mox, the actors, and our overall opinions on the episode.

Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:22) 
"Acquisition" (00:03:15) 
"Dear, Doctor" (00:06:28) 
Compared to The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine (00:08:08) 
The Actors (00:10:34) 
Opinions on the Episode (00:13:53) 
Final Thoughts (00:28:37) 

Brandon-Shea Mutala

Amy Nelson


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-102.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Warp Five 84: Kicking in Doors and Stepping on Toes

Enterprise Season One: Making New Friends.

How do you know when you may be in over your head? In Season One, it didn't take long for the NX-01 crew to find themselves exposed to situations and troubles they had never considered. Simple acts like visiting a monastery, exploring a pre-warp society, or simply saying "Hello!" quickly showed the crew that they may not be as prepared for the unknown as they thought.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Jeffrey Harlan are joined by Norman C. Lao as they cover the themes found in the second quarter of Enterprise's freshman season. Listen in as they talk about what happens when you step in the middle of a centuries-old political argument, finally find an inhabited M-class planet, try to bring some order to the frontier, and find out the guy who brings you your eggs actually knows a whole lot more about you than you thought.

Rewatches (00:03:40)
The Andorian Incident (00:06:39)
Silent Enemy (00:16:59)
Civilization (00:23:51)
Fortunate Son (00:33:00)
Cold Front (00:40:47)
Final Thoughts (00:46:28)

Floyd Dorsey and Jeffrey Harlan

Norman C. Lao

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-084.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 7:54am MDT

Warp Five 68: An Episode Lost In Translation

Terra Nova. An Episode Lost in Translation.

One of the main goals for Warp Five is to give our listeners a fresh and positive perspective on Enterprise. It is only journalistically responsible for us to not only discuss the "positive" elements of this series...but the "problematic" as well. To be sure, there were issues that plagued all four seasons of Enterprise ranging from poor writing to severe interference from the UPN and the powers that be, ultimately causing "uniquely memorable" moments to happen within this series. Terra Nova unfortunately was one of those moments and one of the most severe.


Terra Nova was listed on five different fan review websites that categorized and listed the "worst" episodes of Enterprise and of Star Trek. When I reviewed the sheer vitriol that Terra Nova suffered from online reviews, I was shocked, intrigued and bewildered that this episode was so poorly received. So...what happened? How could two veteran Trek writers in Berman and Braga just utterly and completely misfire? Pull up a chair and join us in The Conference Room for a fantastic, open and honest discussion of this very controversial episode!



Norman C. Lao



Will Nguyen and Tommy Kraft



Matthew Rushing


Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao and Floyd Dorsey


Production Manager

Richard Marquez


Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen



Intro and The Other Side of the Episode (00:01:17)

Terra Nova: Good Intentions or Serious Misfire? (00:05:53)

What Went Wrong? (00:10:31)

Communication Breakdown (00:18:32)

A Casting Misfire? (00:23:52)

Signs of Trek Exhaustion? (00:31:20)

Another Missed Opportunity For More Hoshi (00:38:48)

Dances With Novans (00:43:37)

Our Final Thoughts are Not Shale (00:51:31)

Closing and a Five Star Review! (00:55:32)


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Direct download: wf-068.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT

Warp Five 48: Writing the Harmonica Out of the Show

North Star.

As a prequel to TOS, it should come as no surprise that Enterprise would have a Wild West episode. The Original Series gave us "Spectre of the Gun," a story that played off the Shootout at the O.K. Corral. TNG even got in on the action with "A Fistful of Datas." So "North Star" made Enterprise the third Star Trek series to put on the cowboy hat, but the way it wore it was a bit different than those that came before.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Sebastian Prooth to talk about the NX-01's visit to a world with a Wild West motif and how the story is so true to The Original Series—but with a modern, more complex sensibility. We discuss the nature of the relationship between the local humans and the Skagarans, whether or not the clothing, guns, and even the harmonicas pull us out of the story in a time when there were no replicators. We also explore the creative elements, the supporting actors, and reasons that may explain why fan reaction to "North Star" is so mixed.


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Mission Interrupted (4:03)

Wild, Wild West… Again (11:50)

Old-School Star Trek (14:05)

Wearing the Clothes Well (21:05)

Rolling with the Horses (29:21)

Enterprise Finds Its Voice? (37:23)

Character Points (45:07)

Differing from TOS (51:42)

Final Thoughts (58:24)

Closing (1:04:05)

Direct download: wf-048.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 5:37am MDT

Warp Five 43: The First Rule of Xyrillian Boat Club


As a prequel series, Enterprise promised to show us how humans would react to truly alien encounters. Trip certainly experienced one when he left the ship on a simple mission to help some aliens fix their engines, but came back with a baby. Or at least a wristnipple. In this episode of Warp Five we bring you a replay of a past Ready Room discussion with Enterprise associate producer Dave Rossi in which we discuss “Unexpected,” how it gives us a rare glimpse of a truly alien environment, introduces holodeck and replicator technology, the first hostile encounter between human and Klingon ships, and more.

Direct download: wf-043.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 8:48am MDT

Warp Five 37: Mean-Spirited Siri

Dead Stop.

Enterprise did not always capture the spirit of the unknown as throughly as its prequel nature promised. But in "Dead Stop" we're reminded that there are some very strange things out there, and some people far more advanced than us. In what is essentially a sequel to "Minefield," the NX-01 puts in for repair at a mysterious facility that provides near-magical services for a bargain price. It also makes a mean plate of fried catfish.

In this episode of Warp Five Christopher Jones and Darren Moser discuss this second-season gem, how it scratches at continuity, provides glimpses of future technology, and provides touching character moments amidst a classic mystery.

Direct download: wf-037.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT