Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
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

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.

Direct download: wf-010.mp3
Category:Augments -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

Warp Five 9: From Voyager to Enterprise

Robert Duncan McNeill.

Star Trek has a history of allowing actors to direct episodes. Often this comes in the form of a dual role on a specific series, but also familiar faces from one incarnation of Star Trek have gone on to helm stories in later installments. One such case is Robert Duncan McNeill, who not only gave us brilliant performances as Tom Paris but also brought a wonderful creative vision to both Voyager and Enterprise. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh are joined by Robbie to discuss the process of directing Enterprise, how he drew upon experience as an actor and director on Voyager, and about the overall artistic challenges and rewards of directing television. 

Direct download: wf-009.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

Warp Five 8: Austere Yet Sensual

T'Pol.

Enterprise was set up to recapture the triumvirate of The Original Series; and having a Vulcan in that mix was only logical. In a pre-launch interview in Star Trek Communicator, Larry Nemecek described it this way: "Stoic rationality with a dose of paternal arrogance. The character of Sub-Commander T'Pol embodies everything humans have come to feel about Vulcans in the short span since Zefram Cochrane and first contact." And that's just who she was—at first. But over the course of four seasons T'Pol became so much more, shifting from the world of her Vulcan roots to that of her human crewmates. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh take a close look at T'Pol, the process of casting Jolene Blalock, the challenges of recapturing Vulcan, the key turning points on her journey, and some of our favourite T'Pol moments.

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

Warp Five 7: Welcome to the Menagerie

Inside Phlox’s Sickbay.

Dr. Crusher used fancy Starfleet technology to solve medical puzzles. Dr. Bashir used those things too—along with his genetical enhanced mind. Practicing medicine in the 24th century seemed to be mostly about teching the biotech. But for those of us who grew up with TOS, Dr. McCoy’s ability to come up with unique solutions, or eyeball the mixture of an elixir, gave us the feeling that medicine was also going where no one had gone before. With Enterprise the idea of frontier medicine returned as Dr. Phlox solved problems the old-fashioned way: with nature.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh take a look inside Phlox’s sickbay. The joint is a literal menagerie—only the animals here aren’t merely for show. These critters are put to work to cure all sorts of ailments that afflict the crew as they explore alien worlds for the very first time. Plus, we learn why broth is one of the most important things on the ship. 

Direct download: wf-007.mp3
Category:Phlox -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

Warp Five 6: Drexler! Drexler! Drexler!

Doug Drexler.

The creative challenge of designing a ship that would be retro within the Star Trek universe yet still accessible to our modern technological sensibilities was a huge challenge. And when efforts to settle on a concept came to a stalemate, they called in the big gun: Doug Drexler. The Academy Award-winning makeup artist and Emmy Award-winning visual effects designer whose hand can be seen across every corner of the Star Trek franchise solved the problem and brought us the NX-01. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh are joined by Doug to talk about how the first Enterprise came to be, about the refit that we might have seen had the show continued, as well as his lifelong love affair with Trek and his work on the various series—including makeup work on TNG’s “The Inner Light.” We also touch on the possibility of Enterprise returning for a fifth season on Netflix, something Doug has avidly supported. Now read the show title in Michael Dorn’s voice and hop aboard for a fascinating discussion!

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

Warp Five 5: Bridging the Gap

An Enterprise Sampler.

Many Star Trek fans who are viewing Enterprise for the first time—or those who are returning for a rewatch after many years—ask us for episode recommendations. They want to know which episodes best represent the spirit of Enterprise. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh share their picks for the stories that best capture the tone of the show, its goal in bridging the gap between our own time and the early days of Starfleet as well as the gap between Archer’s time and Kirk’s, and that plant the seeds for the Star Trek that we all know and love. Did we choose any of your favourites? 

Direct download: wf-005.mp3
Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

4: Climbing On the Ceiling

The Suliban.

Each series has its signature villain, though it may not be the foe originally intended to be the thorn in our heroes’ sides. The Ferengi were set up as the baddies on TNG. On Voyager it was the Kazon. And on DS9 it was… Rumpelstiltskin? When Archer set off on his first mission aboard the NX-01 he crossed paths with the flexible, yellow-skinned antagonists of Enterprise—the Suliban. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh examine the Suliban to uncover their role in the series, how well they were utilised, whether they were terrorists or pawns, and if they were creatively at odds with the basic concept of the show.

Direct download: wf-004.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

Captain Archer.

Before there was Picard, Sisko, Janeway, or even Kirk, there was Archer. When it came to casting the captain of Starfleet’s first Warp 5 vessel, Scott Bakula was the more than just a person of interest—he was the prize. And they got him. Despite his established geek cred as Quantum Leap’s Sam Beckett, reception of Bakula’s Jonathan Archer by fans and media was lukewarm. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh take a close look at Captain Archer, his role in leading Earth into the galactic community, and why Scott Bakula was the ideal choice for portraying a leader who is naturally much more like us than the intrepid leaders of the 23rd and 24th centuries. 

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

2: An Extrapolation

Brannon Braga Talks Enterprise.

He started his career with Star Trek as an intern on The Next Generation and went on to become one of the most influential creatives behind the evolution of the franchise, penning the classic “All Good Things…” as well as Generations and First Contact before moving on to Voyager. Brannon Braga is responsible for some of Star Trek’s most memorable voyages, and in 2000 he teamed up with Rick Berman to develop the most unique of the Star Trek series—a prequel called simply Enterprise. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh are joined by Brannon to discuss the creation of Enterprise, the handling of the Vulcans, the challenge of writing a prequel, and we even learn about the original ending of the fan favourite “Dear Doctor.” 

Direct download: wf-002.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT