Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
Warp Five 19: Disarming Southern Charm

Charles “Trip” Tucker III.

In creating the cast of characters that would man the NX-01, the writers sought to recapture the spirit of The Original Series with a dynamic triumvirate. As with Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, this 22nd-century trio would include two humans and a Vulcan—and dash of Southern charm. Only this time, rather than in a doctor, that charm would find itself in a younger and perhaps less grumpy engineer. The formula worked well and it wasn’t long before Charles “Trip” Tucker III became a fan-favorite. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss Trip, how his Southern charm disarmed both the audience and his crewmates, his deep friendship with Captain Archer, and how his growth through experiences with new worlds and new civilizations led him to the most unexpected of places—a romance with T’Pol.

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

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.

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Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

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. 

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Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 16: Misremembering Together

Season One Blu-rays.

When it was first announced that Enterprise would be released on Blu-ray, many fans wondered why Deep Space Nine or Voyager wasn't next. The answer, of course, was that Enterprise, having been shot in HD, didn't require the time-consuming restorations of the earlier series. So CBS could have easily pressed Blu-rays, thrown the discs into new packaging, and placed them on store shelves. Instead of taking the easy route, however, the studio went all in and produced some of the best extras found on any Star Trek release to date. Nearly ten years after the show left the air, the creation and production of Enterprise has remained a relative mystery. But that is no more. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh dive into the extensive special features found on the Season One Blu-ray set and discuss some of the challenges the producers faced in telling Star Trek's 22nd Century backstory.

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Category:Blu-rays -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 15: Klingons Don't Do Pretty

Klingons on Enterprise.

They're the best-known villains in Star Trek, born of The Original Series and appearing in every series and every film. Yet they're not the most fleshed-out alien race in Star Trek despite their longevity and rich warrior identity. Enterprise did wonders for our knowledge of the Vulcans. Could the series bring anything new to the Klingons? In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh take a look at the Klingons' eleven appearances on Enterprise and discuss how they were introduced, what the writers did with them in episodes like "Sleeping Dogs" and "Judgment," and whether it was really necessary to explain the lack of forehead ridges in The Original Series.

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Category:Klingons -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 14: A Point-of-View Character

Hoshi Sato.

The Universal Translator made communications easy for the likes of Kirk and Picard—but it wasn't always so simple. One of the many ways in which Enterprise sought to build a deeper connection with own time was in taking a more realistic approach to language. Much as The Original Series had a dedicated communications officer in Uhura, Enterprise gave us the same in Hoshi Sato. Only in the case of Hoshi, the writers also introduced us to the person who would be instrumental in developing the universal linguistics matrix that would power communications with alien races in the 23rd and 24th centuries. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh take a close look at Hoshi, how her childhood influenced her interest in languages, how she played the role of the audience in the series, and how she grew immensely during her time aboard the NX-01—even if it happened in the shadows of other characters. 

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 13: Moral Relativism

Archer and The Prime Directive.

Non-interference with developing cultures is a cornerstone of Star Trek. Starfleet General Order 1—or The Prime Directive as it is more commonly known—is the rule that guides the exploration of our galaxy. It is also the source of great debate both amongst fans and inside the Star Trek universe itself. Is it an absolute rule or is it a relative one? In terms of Enterprise that's a question that is just beginning to take shape. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss the precursor to The Prime Directive by looking at three key episodes that took Archer from Point A to Point Z—or at least Point T—as he worked through situations that would eventually lead to the development of Starfleet's highest rule.

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

Warp Five 12: The Power to Manipulate

The Sphere Builders.

They were a fascinating yet mysterious element of the Xindi Arc, thrown into the third season of Enterprise too late to be fleshed out yet early enough to have an impact on the battle for Earth's future. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss these quasi-Founder, quasi-Prophet aliens from another realm who played the Xindi for their own purposes. Why were they transforming our space? What was their ultimate goal? And how could they have been better utilized for storytelling? These are all questions we attempt to answer as we explore the realm of the Sphere Builders.

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Category:Xindi Crisis -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

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.

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Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 10: A Victim of His Own Work

The Augment Arc.

The Eugenics Wars are one of those events from Star Trek history that we've learned very little about despite their extreme importance. During its fourth season, Enterprise revisited the Eugenics Wars and their aftermath in a three-part arc comprised of “Borderland,” “Cold Station 12,” and “The Augments.” In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss the trilogy, the brilliant performance by Brent Spiner as Dr. Arik Soong, how it plays into the great debate of genetic enhancement, why Malik is a poor man's Khan, and how the story excels in some areas while failing in others.

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Category:Augments -- posted at: 9:00pm MST