Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast

Tucker Smallwood Interview.

Born in Washington, D.C. his childhood included two years in Salonica, Greece and two years as a college student in Munich, Germany. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1967 with a minor in German and a major in Speech/Television Production. Tucker began directing television for WBAL in Baltimore and in late spring of 1967, was drafted into the Army.

In 1991, he moved to Los Angeles and began his work in prime time television. After several years of guest-starring roles on dramas and sit-coms, he chanced into the universe of science fiction and enjoyed considerable success on such series as SPACE: Above and Beyond, The X-Files and Babylon 5, as well as in the films Contact and Deep Impact.

In this new millennium, he has continued to create an eclectic body of work, both in drama and comedy, including a physically challenging season as the Xindi Primate Diplomat on Star Trek: Enterprise.

In this episode of Warp Five, Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala have an inspiring conversation with Tucker Smallwood. In addition to his film and television work, we discuss how he got drafted into Vietnam, his depression afterwards, his writing, and his singing.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25) 
"Sweet Home Chicago" (performed by Tucker Smallwood) (00:04:11) 
Welcome Tucker! (00:06:15) 
"Home" (00:11:33) 
The X-Files vs Millennium (00:14:45) 
Commodore Ross (00:15:29) 
Military Tropes in Film (00:18:22) 
Veterans Advocacy (00:20:34) 
The Return to Eden (00:25:43) 
The Xindi: Deepak and Chopra (00:30:42) 
A Role of Authority (00:33:47) 
Makeup (00:37:25) 
Plans for the Character (00:40:09) 
Season Long Arc (00:41:21) 
The Blues (00:42:06) 
Current Projects and Finding Tucker (00:46:48) 
"Mean Black Spider" (performed by Tucker Smallwood) (00:50:57) 
Final Thoughts (00:53:04) 


Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Tucker Smallwood

Production

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-106.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Eight Episode Enterprise/TOS Marathon.

Star Trek fans love to watch their favorite episodes in a format that has affectionately been dubbed "binge watching" since they have been able to watch the show on home video. However, most marathons tend to stick to one series at a time. What would happen if fans started to mix and match the episodes from different series in a long stretch of one sitting?

In this episode of Warp Five, Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Patrick Devlin to plan out an eight episode marathon of Star Trek episodes, alternating between the original series and Star Trek: Enterprise.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:26) 
The Premise (00:02:47) 
The First Pair (00:03:57) 
The Second Pair (00:07:25) 
The Third Pair (00:10:12) 
The Fourth Pair (00:13:35) 
The Recap (00:19:38) 

Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Patrick Devlin

Production

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-105.mp3
Category:Marathons -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

Retrospective: Season Three Part One.

Season three of Star Trek: Enterprise was an brave experiment of storytelling with the franchise's first season long story arc. As a response to the events of September 11, 2001, the creators of the show wanted to take Star Trek in a new, darker direction.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala are joined by Patrick Devlin for the first part in our season three retrospective. We discuss the episodes "The Xindi," "Anomaly," "Extinction," and "Rajiin." We also discuss converting temperatures from Celsius to Fahrenheit, distances from kilometers to miles, and Fraggle Rock.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:22) 
Season Two Recap (00:05:50) 
Thoughts on Season Three (00:08:51) 
"The Xindi" (00:12:38) 
"Anomaly" (00:31:03) 
"Extinction" (00:45:15) 
"Rajiin" (00:53:02) 
Final Thoughts (01:13:51) 

Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Patrick Devlin

Production

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-104.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

103: That's Really Cute

Toys with Tenuto.

Science Fiction and toys have gone hand in hand since studios realized that they could make money off of their intellectual properties, and both Star Trek and Star Wars were no exception to the flood of creative ideas to grace the toy shelves. Beginning with toys that were re-labelled as "Astro" toys that weren't originally created for Star Trek, all the way through the current line of Eaglemoss star ships, we take a nostalgic, fun filled trip back to days of garage sales and dollar discount bins filled with wonderful toys.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala are joined by sociology professor and Star Trek expert John Tenuto to discuss the fascinating history of Star Trek toys. We also discuss toy lines that were abandoned, toys that continue to get reissued, and we even offer some advice for the aspiring collector of goodies from the final frontier.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25) 
Welcome, John! (00:02:56) 
Our History With Star Trek Toys (00:03:55) 
Library Talks (00:09:08) 
A History on the Toys (00:11:23) 
Quality (00:19:32) 
Enterprise Toys (00:22:00) 
They Looked So Real They Used Them on the Show (00:28:10) 
A Lot of Great Stuff (00:36:27) 
Advice for Collectors (00:42:14) 
Finding John (00:49:35) 
Final Thoughts and Feedback (00:51:50) 

Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
John Tenuto

Production

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-103.mp3
Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

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.


Chapters
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) 


Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Amy Nelson

Production

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

101: Don't Mess With the Zho'Kaan

Comparing "Dawn" and Enemy Mine with John Tenuto.

Throughout the 1980s, the science fiction genre dominated mainstream cinema; as a result, many new types of plots and characters appeared on the silver screen that would influence filmmakers and television creators for years to come.  One example of these ground-breaking and hugely influential sci-fi films is Wolfgang Peterson's 1985 classic, Enemy Mine.

In this episode of Warp Five, Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by sociology professor and Trek expert John Tenuto to compare and contrast the season two episode of Enterprise called "Dawn" with its cinematic counterpart Enemy Mine. We come up with some other surprising ways that this film influenced Star Trek and ways in which the film may have been influenced by Star Trek itself! We also compare these to the 1968 World War II film Hell in the Pacific. Lastly, John gets some surprising new things to think about after we read feedback from two listeners.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25) 
Welcome, John! (00:02:40) 
Summaries of "Dawn" and Enemy Mine (00:10:20) 
Initial Impressions (00:12:55) 
"Arena" Comparisons (00:15:50) 
Racism and Hatred in Enemy Mine (00:17:40) 
Dawson: Direction and Influence (00:21:19) 
Differences (00:27:13) 
Hell in the Pacific (00:27:56) 
Justin Oser's Comments (00:34:10) 
Final Thoughts (00:41:03) 


Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
John Tenuto

Production
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) Aaron Harvey (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-101.mp3
Category:Movie Comparison -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

100: It Was Like Jumping Onto a Moving Train

Manny Coto Interview.

If you had Manny Coto sitting across from you, what would you ask him?  What would you want to talk about with the show runner for Star Trek: Enterprise's Season Four? Would you have questions about Season Five? Would you ask him about his plans for the Romulans? Would you like to know what he thought about "These Are the Voyages?"

In this episode of Warp Five, host Floyd Dorsey is joined by Brandon-Shea Mutala as they chat with Manny Coto. Join in as they discuss what was going on behind the scenes toward the end of the series, and hear Manny's lively answers to listener questions.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25) 
Welcome, Manny! (00:04:28) 
Favorite Show or Film Written (00:09:36) 
"Similitude" (00:11:36) 
Larry Drake, Peter Weller, and Horror Influences (00:12:55) 
Fandom (00:16:12) 
Approach to Enterprise (00:19:13) 
Coming in Mid-Season (00:22:23) 
Co-Executive Vs Executive (00:24:29) 
Given the Keys for Season Four (00:25:37) 
Season Four Direction(00:28:05) 
Novel Writers (00:29:17) 
"These Are the Voyages..." (00:31:28) 
Planning out a Final Year (00:33:07) 
Difficulties for a Season Long Arc (00:34:58) 
How Enterprise Season Three Help You on 24?(00:37:19) 
The Mirror Universe (00:40:18) 
24 Season 7 (00:41:57) 
Listener Questions (00:45:12) 
Crazy Ideas (00:46:23) 
Admiral Forrest (00:50:09) 
The Other NX Ships (00:51:53) 
Hernandez and Representation (00:53:16) 
Shipping (00:56:11) 
Future Dude? (00:59:16) 
Three Episode Arcs (00:49:51) 
Wrapping Up (01:01:48) 
Final Thoughts (01:05:44) 


Hosts
Floyd Dorsey
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Manny Coto

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)

Direct download: wf-100.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 4:00am MDT

99: They Had Steak, They Had Salad

The Little Things.

What is that little thing that makes you love Star Trek: Enterprise? That little detail that makes the series speak to you in a way that others may not.  It could be something that makes it stand out compared to the other series, or it could be a nice homage to one of them. It could be subtle, or it could be very obvious.  What are those little things that makes you want to join the crew of the NX-01 again and again? 

In this episode of Warp Five, host Floyd Dorsey is joined by Brandon-Shea Mutala to list the little things that they love about Enterprise. They also give a lot of shout-outs as they share many of the little things that listeners wrote in. 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25) 
One More Than Enterprise (00:02:30) 
The Little Things (00:03:39) 
Final Thoughts (00:34:31) 

Host
Floyd Dorsey

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)

Direct download: wf-099.mp3
Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

98: Nine Million P Resolution

Top Five Enterprise Moments.

If you had to name your top five favorite moments from one season of Enterprise, how difficult of a mission would that be for you? What if we expanded the task to the entire series?  What would be your top five moments from all of Enterprise?  In this episode of Warp Five, host Floyd Dorsey is joined by Brandon-Shea Mutala to attempt this almost impossible mission. 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25) 
Moment One (00:04:18) 
Moment Two (00:07:03) 
Moment Three (00:09:44) 
Moment Four (00:13:02) 
Moment Five (00:15:37) 
Honorable Mentions (00:18:36) 
Recapping the Moments (00:20:18) 

Host
Floyd Dorsey

Guests
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)

Direct download: wf-098.mp3
Category:Top Five -- posted at: 4:00am MDT

97: Giving Birth on National Television

If you had a chance to speak to a stealthy, Section 31 agent, what questions would you ask? What would you say if he informed you that he'd also worked undercover in all Star Trek series beginning with _The Next Generation_? Would you be surprised if he also told you he was an author of middle grade and young adult novels?

In this episode of _Warp Five_, host Floyd Dorsey is joined by _Melodic Treks_ host, Brandon-Shea Mutala, to have a chat with Eric Pierpoint. Find out what it was like to try to be a secret agent wearing squeaky pants, how he was able to give birth on national television, starring in _Alien Nation_, and how close he was to commanding _Deep Space Nine_ and the _U.S.S. Voyager_.

Chapters

Intro (00:00:00)  
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25)  
Eric Beams In (00:04:47)  
The Audition Process (00:05:25)  
Alien Nation and George Francisco (00:12:24)  
Make Up and Prosthetics (00:17:27)  
Were you a Star Trek fan? (00:19:34)  
They Like to Keep You in the Dark (00:28:15)  
Section 31 (00:29:13)  
Back to Alien Nation (00:37:22)  
Most Rewarding Acting Experience (00:41:36)  
Six (00:43:46)  
Young Adult Novels (00:45:18)  
Finding Eric and His Books (00:55:19)  
Final Thoughts (01:00:59)  

Host  

Floyd Dorsey  

Guests  

Brandon-Shea Mutala Eric Pierpoint  

Production Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Yony Robinson (Show Art)

 

 

Direct download: wf-097.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 6:15pm MDT