Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
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!

Direct download: wf-006.mp3
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.

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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. 

Direct download: wf-003.mp3
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

1: Seeing It All for the First Time

Launching Enterprise with Dave Rossi.

When talk began about the series to follow Voyager, there was plenty of speculation to go around. The most common theories involved an Excelsior series starring George Takei and one set at Starfleet Academy. When it came down from the studio that we would be getting a prequel, the fan base was divided—and it remains so to this day. Enterprise is without a doubt the most unique Star Trek series and the most maligned, yet it’s a hidden gem that many fans are finally discovering for the first time.

In this, the premiere episode of Trek.fm’s dedicated Enterprise show, hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh are joined by Associate Producer Dave Rossi to discuss the creation and launch of the show, our expectations as fans going in, what the creative team wanted to achieve, and what the studio hoped for. We also look at Enterprise both as a TOS prequel and as a general Star Trek prequel, and pick a few of our favourite aspects of the show.

Direct download: wf-001.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT