Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
Warp Five 73: The Fleet That Was Few and Far Between

It all began with a just handful of ships.

Enterprise had the unique opportunity, as the prequel series, to introduce many of the origins of basic Star Trek canon; how M-Class was derived from the Vulcan word Minshara (with regard to classifying planets suitable for humanoid life), the first use of photon(ic) torpedoes, at times hinting of creating the Prime Directive, and of course the first Starship named Enterprise. And possibly most important, Enterprise sheds light on the proud, yet trepidatious birth of the first Human fleet that comprised all of the United Earth Space Probe Agency's (UESPA) scientific exploration and planetary defense vessels.

 

For those of you who have watched or are currently watching Enterprise, you may not realize that in certain episodes, you truly see the limited reach and scope of Starfleet's ships of the line - in the mid 22nd century, they were likely a little less than a dozen ships in total. So, in this episode, we'll be exploring the origins of the first ships of Earth's Starfleet and the United Earth Space Probe Agency; how and why they were necessary and their service status while Archer and the crew of the NX-01 were pushing Warp Five into deep space.

 

Hosts

Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen

 

Guest

Jeffrey Harlan

 

Editor
Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers
Floyd Dorsey and Mike Morrison

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro and Welcome Boomers! (00:01:22)

We Love Starships (00:02:13)

Credit Where Credit is Due! (00:03:33)

How Large is Starfleet in 2151? (00:05:28)

Evolving from The Phoenix (00:13:52)

The Warp Delta (00:15:30)

Will's Intrepid Love for a Design (00:23:08)

Budgeting for a Full Starfleet (00:39:23)

The Big Sister Ship (00:44:05)

By the Numbers (00:53:37)

 

Closing and Thanks For Listening (01:23:14)

 

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Direct download: wf-073.mp3
Category:Ships -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

Warp Five 72: Back to the Future Guy!

What if Future Guy was a Romulan agent?

The Temporal Cold War was a promising, yet inconsistent storytelling device throughout the four seasons of Enterprise. Despite its many narrative challenges, the Temporal Cold War did provide the series with a few interesting world-building elements, in particular - the agents of the Temporal Accords; pawns of a greater and more far reaching endgame. So we have circled back to the Future Guy, trying to pierce his veil of mystery and that of the faction or agency for which he served. (cough) Tal'Shiar (cough)

During 2009's Star Trek VegasCon, former Enterprise show runners Manny Coto and Brannon Braga stated that Future Guy was trending towards being a Romulan agent because this would have created an opportunity to tie him into the famed Romulan War, instigating certain events in Archer's time. Years later, Braga tweeted in 2012, that Future Guy was supposed to be Archer all along - trying to right his own wrongs when he was Captain of the NX-01! Join us in the Conference Room as we delve deeper into what could have been the catalyst of the Romulan War!

 

Hosts
Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen

 

Guest

Jeff Harlan

 

Editor

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao, Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Associate Producer

Floyd Dorsey

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro and 1.21 Gigawatts of Coffee (00:01:24)

Back…To The Future Guy! (00:03:14)

Temporal Inconsistencies (00:09:08)

The Romulan Attraction (00:12:05)

Rewriting Rewritten History (00:18:19)

The Section 31 of Section 31 (00:23:53)

The Romulan Conspiracy Theory (00:31:44)

Time Heals All Storytelling Wounds (00:38:45)

The Future Archer Guy? (00:47:58)

A Federation Gone Wrong (00:53:36)

He's a Doctor, Not a Time Lord (01:01:57)

Closing and Thanks For Listening (01:13:30)

 

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Direct download: wf-072.mp3
Category:Temporal Cold War -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

Warp Five S1: Membership Has Its Privileges!

The Perks of Being a Patreon Patron!

In this first Supplemental Episode of Warp Five, Will, Jeff and I discuss something that is very dear and important to all of us here on the Trek.fm network. Quite frankly, that is all of you. Our fans, our listeners, supporters, and all of the people who tune in to Trek.fm make all of this worthwhile thanks to your passion, dedication, and loyalty. You are the most important driving force for the network and via the Patreon program, you can have even more involvement by becoming a patron through various levels of sponsorship.

 

And later in the show, we celebrate and remember the end of an era. Ten years ago on May 13, 2005, the final episode of Enterprise - These Are the Voyages - was aired, which ended the series after 4 years and brought about the end of Star Trek on network television. Will, Jeff and I reflect on what this meant to each of us then, and what it still means to us today 10 years later. Please join us as we warp down memory lane, reminiscing about our fondest moments of Enterprise, and discuss the absence of Star Trek on television this past decade.

 

Hosts
Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen

 

Guest

Jeff Harlan

 

Editor

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and Matthew Rushing

 

Associate Producer

Floyd Dorsey

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro and Welcome Mr. Atoz! (00:01:24)

Passion and Heartbreak (00:04:00)

The Spark of Trek Fandom (00:07:50)

All Roads Lead to Trek.fm (00:20:48)

Becoming a Patron for Trek.fm (00:31:15)

The End of an Era (00:40:43)

Fond and Favorite Memories (00:52:05)

The Best of Enterprise (01:05:05)

 

Closing and Thanks For Listening (01:19:44)

 

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Direct download: wf-0s1.mp3
Category:Patreon.com -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

Warp Five 71: The Archer-Rans

The Captains on the series Enterprise not named Jonathan Archer.

On Warp Five, we often talk about the important role that Jonathan Archer had as Captain of the NX-01. Since he was the first Starfleet Captain for the first Warp Five capable ship, he didn't have the luxury of Captain's Logs or the precedents laid by the commanders before him. While it's true that Archer often had to rely on his own training and instincts, it is also true that he wasn't completely without contemporaries. Even though he was Captain of the Enterprise, he still had colleagues and friends in command of other ships and areas within Starfleet.

 

In this episode, we're going to take a closer look at the other Captains seen on the series Enterprise...not named Jonathan Archer; more specifically A.G. Robinson and Erika Hernandez (and even Captain Gardner to a smaller degree). What can their experiences tell us about Starfleet in the 22nd century? Would Captain Hernandez's role have been expanded if the series had continued beyond Season 4? Or...how would circumstances have been different if Robinson or Hernandez were given command of the NX-01 instead of Archer? Join us for all this and more!

 

Hosts
Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen

 

Editor

Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers

Norman C. Lao and Matthew Rushing

 

Associate Producer

Floyd Dorsey

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro and a Battlefield Promotion (00:01:22)

Do you mean the Archer-Rans? (00:04:25)

A.G. Robinson was the better man (00:10:30)

Questioning Archer’s motivations (00:16:41)

What if Robinson became the first Captain? (00:20:46)

The first Female Starship Captain (00:26:46)

Decoding Turnabout Intruder (00:29:56)

So…back to Erika Hernandez (00:37:57)

A New Perspective for Future Captains (00:49:38)

Bringing In More Diversity (00:57:43)

 

Closing and Thanks For Listening (01:07:46)

 

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Direct download: wf-071.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

Warp Five 70: The Head-Butting Race

The Head-Butting Race.

Tellarites! There was never a race on Star Trek as stubborn, as prideful, abrasive, insulting and literally (and figuratively) pig-headed…and these are their “good” qualities! Arguably one of the more interesting races in Star Trek, the Tellarites have long been a fan favorite presumably for one simple reason: They were one of the four founding members of the Coalition of Planets who–alongside the Humans of Starfleet, the Vulcans and the Andorians–helped shape the future of what would eventually become the United Federation of Planets.

 

For the Star Trek fan that caught their first glimpse of a Tellarite in the classic Original Series episode "Journey to Babel", curiosity about them has always been consistently high. Since that episode, there have only been a sprinkling of Tellarite sightings, but they never were truly given their respectful due as a race of such historical significance...until Season 4 of Enterprise. So please join me, Will and Tommy as we try to unravel the mystery of the Tellarites as we speculate as to why this pivotal race to the history of the Federation was so entirely underrepresented.

 

Hosts
Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen

 

Guest
Tommy Kraft

 

Editor
Matthew Rushing

 

Associate Producers
Norman C. Lao and Floyd Dorsey

 

Production Manager
Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro and Bringing Home the Bacon! (00:01:22)

Telling the Tale of Tellarites (00:04:08)

Journeying Back to Babel (00:10:10)

Remastered Prosthetics for TOS? (00:16:41)

Tellarite Sprinkles (00:19:49)

A New Take on Tellarites (00:27:15)

A Truly Historical Moment (00:34:27)

Another Missed Hoshi Opportunity (00:42:50)

Post 22nd Century Sightings (00:48:47)

Tellarite Suppositions (00:54:07)

We Just Needed To See More (01:02:28)

 

Closing and Thanks For Listening! (01:10:08)

 

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Category:Tellarites -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT

Warp Five 69: Is There Facebook in 2151?

How does the NX-01 Crew enjoy their off-duty downtime?

We all know how tough work hours can be, and the pressures and responsibilities of Starfleet's best and brightest crewmen and women aboard the NX-01 in 2151 were obviously enormous. So, what did they do off-duty to help themselves relax? Did Archer JUST watch Water Polo videos? Did T'Pol JUST read Surak and drink Tea? How did Hoshi keep her linguistic skills sharp? Did she enjoy practicing languages for fun? Where did they go to drink, to play chess, to read...to just simply hang out and shake off the stresses of the day?

 

One of the dynamics we as fans love to project into our fandom is this premise: What if the NX-01 mission was in fact real? Because if we believe this to be true - then we also must believe that certain cultural touchstones had to have evolved in some way because they were worth preserving. And as seen through most of Star Trek, heirlooms and antiquities - music, books, eyeglasses, keepsakes and even quotable Shakespeare (in both Human English and obviously the original Klingon) survived because these human touchstones were worth preserving culturally.

 

Hosts

Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen

Guest

Tommy Kraft

Editor

Matthew Rushing

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao and Floyd Dorsey

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro and Real Life Happens (00:01:22)

How Does the NX-01 Crew Wind Down? (00:04:08)

1879 to now to 2151 (00:10:55)

The Human Ties That Bind (00:17:46)

Creating a Sense of Community (00:21:53)

Quark Envy (00:28:30)

Gaming on the NX-01 (00:31:39)

The Future of Fitness (00:39:00)

Enjoying One’s Work Off Duty (00:45:30)

In Most Need of a Vacation (00:48:28)

One Last Way To Connect (00:55:43)

 

Closing and Thanks For Listening! (01:06:20)

 

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Direct download: wf-069.mp3
Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT

Warp Five 68: An Episode Lost In Translation

Terra Nova. An Episode Lost in Translation.

One of the main goals for Warp Five is to give our listeners a fresh and positive perspective on Enterprise. It is only journalistically responsible for us to not only discuss the "positive" elements of this series...but the "problematic" as well. To be sure, there were issues that plagued all four seasons of Enterprise ranging from poor writing to severe interference from the UPN and the powers that be, ultimately causing "uniquely memorable" moments to happen within this series. Terra Nova unfortunately was one of those moments and one of the most severe.

 

Terra Nova was listed on five different fan review websites that categorized and listed the "worst" episodes of Enterprise and of Star Trek. When I reviewed the sheer vitriol that Terra Nova suffered from online reviews, I was shocked, intrigued and bewildered that this episode was so poorly received. So...what happened? How could two veteran Trek writers in Berman and Braga just utterly and completely misfire? Pull up a chair and join us in The Conference Room for a fantastic, open and honest discussion of this very controversial episode!

 

Host

Norman C. Lao

 

Guests

Will Nguyen and Tommy Kraft

 

Editor

Matthew Rushing

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao and Floyd Dorsey

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro and The Other Side of the Episode (00:01:17)

Terra Nova: Good Intentions or Serious Misfire? (00:05:53)

What Went Wrong? (00:10:31)

Communication Breakdown (00:18:32)

A Casting Misfire? (00:23:52)

Signs of Trek Exhaustion? (00:31:20)

Another Missed Opportunity For More Hoshi (00:38:48)

Dances With Novans (00:43:37)

Our Final Thoughts are Not Shale (00:51:31)

Closing and a Five Star Review! (00:55:32)

 

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Direct download: wf-068.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT

Warp Five 67: Enterprise Season One Remix

Re-imagining Enterprise Season One.

"What if...", "Missed Opportunities...", "So much potential..." - stop me if these phrases sound familiar when describing Enterprise. When Brannon Braga originally pitched Enterprise to the United Paramount Network - a.k.a. the UPN - his original mission statement was essentially "Star Trek meets The Right Stuff". However the "executive powers that be" saw things differently and the first season of Enterprise never truly established itself as the prequel series that eventually would have become a bonafide source for Star Trek historical canon.

 

Fast forward a bit to Season Two and to one of my favorite episodes of Enterprise - FIRST FLIGHT. In this episode, Brannon Braga was finally able to find the right tone and storytelling format to illustrate his original pitch. If Brannon was given the freedom to execute his vision and introduce what he believed was "true to existing canon" story progression, I believe he would have successfully created a bedrock foundation for answering the most important question about this series...the WHY: Why was this prequel important to the overall cannon and history of Star Trek?

 

Host
Norman C. Lao


Guests
Will Nguyen and Tommy Kraft

 

Editor
Matthew Rushing

 

Associate Producers
Norman C. Lao and Floyd Dorsey

 

Production Manager
Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro and Welcome to the World of What If (00:01:25)  

Politics, Paxton and Possibilities (00:05:28)  

Characteristically Caring About Characters (00:14:25)  

From Cargo Hauling to Terrorism (00:24:25)  

A Chess Match Across Time Zones (00:36:45)  

Closing and Thanks For Listening! (00:59:43)  

 

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Direct download: wf-067.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT

Warp Five Subspace Postcards: Messages from Babel

Warp Five Supplemental: Our First Subspace Postcards Show!

In each episode of Warp Five we delve into the minutiae of ENTERPRISE, which in turn generates a lot of feedback from you, our loyal listeners, in the form of what we would like to now call: Subspace Postcards. Every so often, when they start piling up, Hoshi downloads them onto my PADD so I can find some quiet time in the Sweet Spot to catch up on all of the mail. We here at Warp Five hope you enjoy the topics we've chosen for our first feedback show! Thanks for your support and keep sending us those Subspace Postcards!


On a more somber note...when we recorded this episode, it was the evening of February 27th and it was this solemn Friday that we said goodbye to our very own, beloved and revered Mr. Spock...Leonard Nimoy. Will, Tommy and I discuss his passing and what he meant to us later on in the show. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Nimoy family and, speaking for the team here at Warp Five - Mr. Nimoy will always be forever in our hearts. We have been and always shall be your fans and in us...you will always Live Long and Prosper.

Host

Norman C. Lao

Guests
Will Nguyen and Tommy Kraft

Editor
Matthew Rushing

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao and Floyd Dorsey

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

 

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Welcome to our very first Subspace Postcards show! (00:01:22)  
The Lower Decks of 2151 (00:05:28)  
A British Archer? A Vulcan Armstrong? What? (00:22:20)  
Speculation is the Spice of Enterprise (00:42:43)  
Designing for the Future (00:52:25)  
He has been and always shall be...our Leonard Nimoy (01:15:54)  
Closing (01:24:06)  
Five Star Reviews!!! (01:27:08)  

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Direct download: wf-sup-001.mp3
Category:Subspace Postcards -- posted at: 4:00pm MDT

Warp Five 66: The Garak of Enterprise!

The SHRAN...the MYTH...the GARAK of Enterprise!

 

Shran of the Andorian Imperial Guard is undoubtedly one of the most beloved characters in ENTERPRISE. Meticulously and brilliantly portrayed by Star Trek "everywhere man", the living legend Jeffrey Combs - Shran exploded onto ENTERPRISE in Season One's The Andorian Incident. In only 10 episodes and a handful of off screen references (such as the Enterprise novels) Shran was force of nature that elevated ENTERPRISE with his every appearance. He forged a bond with Archer so strong that it became the catalyst for the future of the Federation.

 

Previously on Warp Five: Episode 25, Christopher Jones and Tyler Johnson discuss the Andorians at length and it's a great show if you are unfamiliar with Andorians history and culture. But Shran was so volatile and so explosive...we felt that he deserved his very own focus. In this episode of Warp Five, Will Nguyen and I delve deeply into his character, especially his motivations and illustrate how pivotal Shran's role was to the NX-01 mission. If one thing is for certain, Shran isn't always what he appears to be. However, he truly and deeply believes that he is first and foremost...a Patriot.

 

Host

Norman C. Lao

 

Guests

Will Nguyen

 

Editor

Matthew Rushing

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao and Floyd Dorsey

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

 

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro and welcome...to the Conference Room (00:01:20)  

Jeffrey Combs does it again! (00:04:20)  

You Only Get One Shran to Make a First Impression (00:09:58)  

Shran Uneasy Alliance (00:23:38)  

Andorian Patriotism (00:32:54)  

An Unexpected Ally (00:48:30)  

Shran's Untapped Potential (01:02:38)  

Closing (01:15:32)  

 

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Direct download: wf-066.mp3
Category:Shran -- posted at: 4:00pm MDT