Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
Warp Five 43: The First Rule of Xyrillian Boat Club

Unexpected.

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 42: In the Midst of Javelins and Arrows

Degra.

Throughout Enterprise's third season we see the Xindi Council debate their plans to destroy Earth. Each species has its say, but the central focus is on Degra, father of the Xindi superweapon. Modeled after J. Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atomic bomb, Degra is the Xindi with whom we can most easily identify because he represents the primate lineage of evolution on Xindus. He also mirrors Archer in many ways, and turns out to be the linchpin in the NX-01's mission to save Earth and the Star Trek future.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tommy Kraft to discuss Degra, how his actions echo those of scientists on our own world, how his immense regret over the damage caused by his creation drives him to help Archer, and how he pays the ultimate price to make sure he saves both his own people and those he originally set out to destroy.

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 7:32am MDT

Warp Five 41: The Green Girl

Crystal Allen and D'Nesh.

Enterprise brought back Orion slave girls, which we had not seen since the Original Series in "Whom Gods Destroy." And as Enterprise did with so many things from TOS, this appearance put a very interesting twist on a familiar theme. In the fourth-season episode "Bound" we're introduced to three Orion slave girls, the sisters Navaar, D'Nesh, and Maras. Through their interactions with Archer, the NX-01 crew, and their supposed owner Harrad-Sar, we learn more than we had ever known about these exotic women and their role in Orion society.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by one of these three sisters—or at least the actress who portrayed her—Crystal Allen, who, as D'Nesh, bent a member of the Enterprise's crew to her will. We talk to Crystal about getting into acting, her pre-acting career as a dancer and model, how she landed the role of D'Nesh and what it was like working on the set, and even her love of cooking.

Direct download: wf-041.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

Warp Five 40: Romantic Name-dropping

Archer's Lost Loves.

Star Trek has generally shied away from letting its captains become involved in serious long-term relationships. This  certainly applies to relationships with fellow Starfleet officers. Many fans wish this wasn't the case. Voyager fans famously wanted (and still want) Janeway and Chakotay to become an item. Long before that, there was angst over the song and dance of Picard and Beverly aboard the 1701-D. Enterprise was no different, with many wanting to see Archer and T'Pol grow closer. The fourth season brought new hope for a captain in love with Erika Hernandez of the NX-02 Columbia. But that, too, went unfulfilled.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Suzanne Abbott to talk about romance in Star Trek, trysts and relationships thoughout the franchise's history, and more specifically about Archer. We cover Archer and Margaret Mullin, Archer and Riann, Archer and T'Pol, and, of course, the long-burning flame Hernandez.

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Category:Archer -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

Warp Five 39: Watching You From Behind the Scenes

Romulans on Enterprise.

First introduced in the Original Series episode "Balance of Terror," the Romulans became a lengendary villain within Star Trek lore. The conflict between humans and Romulans is also lengendary despite never having been played out on screen. When Enterprise decided to bring Romulans into the show in the second-season episode "Minefield," they faced a huge challenge in keeping with canon. TOS established that humans had never seen Romulans prior to the late 23rd century. How do you tell a compelling story and stay true to that? Even more difficult, how do you establish a Romulan plot directly involving our characters in Season Four without them ever coming face-to-face?

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tommy Kraft, writer and executive producer of the Enterprise-era film Star Trek: Horizon, to discuss Romulans in Star Trek and Romulans on Enterprise, from their first appearance in "Minefield" to the mysterious coda of "Kir'Shara." And, of course, we discuss the deeper plot involving Romulans in "Babel One," "United," and "The Aenar."

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Category:Romulans -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

Warp Five 38: A Silver Linings Playbook

Phlox.

Star Trek wouldn't quite be Star Trek without an alien on the crew. That outside voice to comment on humanity is key to examining ourselves through science fiction. With the Vulcans being portrayed differently from what we were accustomed to during Spock's time, Enterprise had to turn elsewhere for someone who could comment on events that were new to human explorers. Enter a new race, the Denobulans, and a new character, Doctor Phlox.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Matthew Rushing for a close look at Phlox, the challenges in creating such a character in a prequel, his place amongst Chief Medical Officers, his role as defacto counselor aboard the NX-01, and the brilliance of John Billingsly.

Direct download: wf-038.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 6:19am 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

Warp Five 36: There's No Monkey on Ceti Alpha V

Alternate Outcomes of the Xindi Crisis.

Nearly one year after the Xindi weapon probe first cut through Florida, Captain Archer and the crew of the NX-01 prevailed in their fight to save humanity—and we never doubted that they would. But what if the Xindi Crisis had turned out differently? We caught a glimpse of one other possible future in "Twilight," and the Xindi-Reptilians attempted to cut mankind off at the knees in 2004 on Detroit's "Carpenter Street." What if they had succeeded?

In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Tristan Riddell discuss seven possible alternate outcomes and how they would have impacted Earth, our heroes, and the Star Trek universe as a whole.

Direct download: wf-036.mp3
Category:Xindi Crisis -- posted at: 9:00pm 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 34: Always Know Where Your Steppenwolf Disc Is

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.

Direct download: wf-034.mp3
Category:Ships -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT