Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
Warp Five 76: Singing the Sophomore BLUs

Enterprise Season Two a.k.a The Sophomore BLUs.

Enterprise Season Two on Blu-Ray continues the visual extravaganza from Season One, with breathtaking 1080p high-definition picture and 5.1 sound. This set is also packed with a wealth of brand-new special features and bonus materials. The most notable additions to this set are the two exclusive documentaries that were recorded specifically for this collection: The 3-part "Uncharted Territory" which explores the unyielding challenges of Season 2, and "In Conversation - The First Crew"; the unprecedented reunion of the entire Enterprise cast for the very first time since the show was canceled in May 2005.

 

The 3-part "Uncharted Territory" is a candid, raw, and visceral recounting of the relentless production challenges and struggles throughout the entirety of Enterprise's second season. However, the absolute MUST SEE for this Blu-Ray set is "In Conversation - The First Crew". In this feature, the entire cast reunites for the first time since the show's cancellation. This is easily the best feature in this set (and quite possibly in all of the four Blu-Ray collections) because each cast member had their opportunity to candidly and openly share their memoirs of the show, amidst some clearly unstated tension and emotions.

 

Hosts

Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen

 

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

Catching Up with the Warp Five Crew (00:01:23)

Singing the Season 2 Technobab-BLUs (00:06:58)

Investing in the BLUs (00:08:54)

The BLUs and Cons of High-Definition (00:12:00)

Reunited and It Feels So Good (00:17:05)

Savoring the BLUs of Blalock (00:32:43)

Oh Captain, My Captain! (00:44:17)

These Are The Voyages Strikes Again (00:54:10)

Warp Five...Before Warp Five (01:05:26)

Poking a Sleeping Behr BLUs (01:17:36)

Our Final Product Reviews and Recommendations (01:25:09)

Closing and Thank You For Listening (01:29:42)

 

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Direct download: wf-076.mp3
Category:Blu-rays -- posted at: 8:00am MST

Warp Five 75: Singing the BLUs Part One

Enterprise Season One Blu-Ray Review.

 

Enterprise Season One on Blu-Ray is the visual extravaganza that finally offers the fans breathtaking 1080p high-definition picture and 5.1 sound. This Blu-Ray set is also packed with a wealth of brand-new special features and bonus materials. The most notable additions to this set are the two exclusive documentaries that were recorded specially for this collection: The "In Conversation" retrospective with Brannon Braga and Rick Berman and the three-part "To Boldly Go - Launching Enterprise" documentary. These exclusives alone are worth the price of the set!

 

The "In Conversation" retrospective with Brannon Braga and Rick Berman is a candid, raw, and visceral recounting of their collective experiences with Enterprise and Star Trek in general for the past 18 years. However, the real gem for this Blu-Ray set is the three-part "To Boldly Go - Launching Enterprise" documentary. I give this Blu-Ray set my highest recommendation solely on the merit of what I learned from "To Boldly Go", as it answered a great many questions that left fans in the dark about controversial choices that plagued the series from the start.

 

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

Welcome and Jeff’s upcoming Nuptials! (00:01:22) 

Singing (praises of) the BLUs (00:05:26) 

All The Technobab-BLUs (00:11:11) 

The Berman and Braga Experience (00:17:35) 

Serving Too Many Masters (00:28:07) 

To Boldly Go with a New Theme (00:36:42)

Building the Past of the Future (00:49:54)

Taking a Quantum Leap in Casting (00:59:40)

Our Final Product Reviews and Recommendations (01:13:03)

Closing and Thank You For Listening (01:28:09)

 

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Direct download: wf-075.mp3
Category:Blu-rays -- posted at: 9:00am MST

Warp Five Subspace Postcards 2: Do They Still Send Care Packages?

Hot off the Subspace Presses from Hoshi's Station!

 

In each standard episode of Warp Five, we delve into the minutiae of Enterprise. This in turn generates a lot of feedback from you, our loyal listeners, in the form of what we 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 Conference Room to catch up on all of the mail with Will and our guests. We hope you enjoy the topics we've chosen for our second feedback show. Thanks for your support and for being such incredible, engaging and loyal fans of Warp Five.

 

Recently I put out a feeler to the fans of The Babel Conference, Trek.fm's dedicated Facebook listener's page, and we have received an overwhelming list of incredibly diverse topics: from civilians serving on board the NX-01, to boldly going through the Great Language Barrier, receiving literal and digital mail from home to the edge of the galaxy, and speculating on The Wrath of Damar. Thank you everyone for sending in your ideas and if we didn't get to yours in this show, we will try to read your feedback on the next installment of Subspace Postcards!

 

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

Welcome to the Second Subspace Postcards Show! (00:01:21) 

Starfleet Civility Towards Civilians (00:04:53) 

No Real Designs for Diplomacy? (00:14:57) 

It All Comes Back to HOSHI! (00:20:15) 

The Language Production Barrier (00:23:16) 

The Wrath of Damar (00:30:21)

The Romu-Illyrian War? (00:35:02)

Care Package Day on the NX-01 (00:40:43)

Hijacking Starfleet Subspace Bandwidth (00:50:43)

Hernandez Has Her Orders! (00:56:18)

Closing and Thank You For Listening (01:09:13)

 

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Category:Subspace Postcards -- posted at: 8:00am MST

Warp Five 74: Re-Deconstructing Degra

For better or worse, Degra was first and foremost a Patriot.

In continuing Degra’s character exploration from Warp Five Episode 42, it is apparent that his character arc has even more complexity still left to explore. The Season 3 Xindi arc from September 2003 to May 2004 emulated the U.S. national zeitgeist, post-911, with issues of torture, weapons of mass destruction, and moral compromise at the heart. But without Degra's redemption and the overall resolution of the conflict which hinged upon reconciliation, the story would have been significantly darker and fundamentally not in the best traditions of Star Trek.

 

Conceptually, the initial inspiration for the character of Degra was J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the fathers of the atomic bomb. Brannon Braga explained in Star Trek Magazine #117, p. 62, "We knew we wanted to create an Oppenheimer-like character who was the mastermind behind building the bomb, who was very committed to his species but wracked with guilt, just like Oppenheimer." So please join us for a deeply philosophical discussion about Degra and how he faced his own morality which ultimately led to his redemption.

 

Host

Will Nguyen

 

Guests

Jeffrey Harlan & Tommy Kraft

 

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! (00:01:23)

Revisiting Degra from Warp Five 42 (00:02:18)

Reflecting the American National Zeitgeist Post-911 (00:08:45)

Was Degra’s Plan Overly-Complicated? (00:14:55)

Xindi Religious Fundamentalism or Extremism? (00:21:18)

The Strategy of Stratagem (00:25:15)

Do the Ends Justify the Degra? (00:31:33)

The Romulan War Degra-ssion (00:38:36)

Degra-demption (00:42:09)

Degra’s Debatable Demise (00:53:37)

Degra’s Significance to Enterprise (00:59:08)

 

Closing and Thanks For Listening (01:07:30)

 

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Direct download: wf-074.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:00am MST

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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Category:Ships -- posted at: 8:00am MST

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 MST

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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Category:Patreon.com -- posted at: 8:00am MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST