Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

Warp Five 65: Archer Goeth Before a Fall, Part 2

Captain Jonathan Archer...Into Darkness.

 

In the beginning, Archer was a Starfleet Captain namely in rank, but not a Starfleet Captain of any measurable EXPERIENCE. It is fair to say that he was unprepared for deep space, but is this merely a valid criticism or in fact a sheer truism? Think about the validity of that specific critique and ask yourself, “How does one truly prepare for the unknown vastness of uncharted space? How CAN one prepare for the unimaginable - as experienced by the Xindi attack on Earth? That is simply and logically a true and undeniable IMPOSSIBILITY.

 

Every Starship Captain that succeeded Archer all owe something, even in the smallest of ways, to the flawed and at times tragically tarnished career that Archer had to endure in order for humanity to survive - specifically against the Xindi; the mission that changed him forever. In the final analysis, Archer's vision of an even greater future for all sentient beings was built upon a career rife with personal and professional sacrifices and regret. In the end, his crucible was the catalyst for a Coalition of Planets that would change everything.

 

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 Norm's Letter of Commendation (00:01:20)  

Archer...Into Darkness (00:06:00)  

The God Complex (00:15:49)  

Damaged (00:24:43)  

A Not So Triumphant Homecoming (00:39:25)  

Everyone Else's Expectations (00:46:07)  

Closing (01:02:28)  

 

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Direct download: wf-065.mp3
Category:Archer -- posted at: 4:00pm MST

Crewman Elizabeth Cutler. Our Eternal Valentine.

 

On Warp Five Episode 57: The Class of 2151, Christopher Jones and I discussed the pros and cons of having such a young and inexperienced crew at the helm of the very first Warp 5 deep space mission. But we deliberated these observations from officers at the command level - like Travis and Hoshi. However, Crewman Elizabeth Cutler was also a part of that same graduating class and in stark contrast to Hoshi, Crewman Cutler seemed far more comfortable in her responsibilities to the mission at launch.

 

Crewman Cutler boldly went forward into that vast unknown of deep space with fearlessness and optimism. That infectious positivity was thanks to the energy and spirit of the talented and lovely actress who breathed life into Crewman Cutler - Kellie Waymire. Sadly, as soon as we started to get to know her Kellie died from an undiagnosed cardiac arrhythmia at age 36. But she left behind an indelible mark, not only on Star Trek, but on the hearts of the fans as well. Norman C. Lao and his guests Will Nguyen, Tommy Kraft and Matthew Rushing dedicate this show to her.

 

Host

Norman C. Lao

 

Guests

Will Nguyen, Tommy Kraft and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor

Matthew Rushing

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao and Floyd Dorsey

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

 

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Introduction (00:01:18)  

Who was Kellie Waymire (00:05:17)  

A Strange New World Indeed (00:11:45)  

The Doctor's New Companion (00:22:41)  

Promise and Potential (00:31:48)  

Final Thoughts and Our Dedication (00:48:52)  

Closing (00:57:31)  

 

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Direct download: wf-064.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 4:00pm MST

Warp Five 63: Archer Goeth Before A Fall, Part 1

Captain Jonathan Archer: The Untested Optimist.

 

Jonathan Archer was far from being the quintessential Starfleet Captain, which made his overall character growth across four seasons of Enterprise one of the most interesting character journeys in Star Trek. His command was wrought with trial and error, and his humanity and moral center usually set him at odds with certain aspects of the mission and Starfleet diplomacy. However, in the end, it was that same humanity that became the catalyst for unifying the founding members of the Coalition of Planets and ultimately The Federation.

 

Pride, arrogance and uncertainty are not traits that one usually associates with a Starfleet Captain. Unfortunately these personal flaws influence Archer's early decisions to prove his quality and illustrate his internal struggle between morality and duty as he experiences the perils of deep space exploration firsthand. Norman C. Lao and his guests in the Decon Chamber have chosen very specific episodes from Enterprise Seasons One and Two that illustrate the nearly insurmountable expectations placed on Archer at the very beginning stages of his career.

 

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

Introduction to Jonathan Archer Part 1 (00:01:14)

What's on the Horizion? (00:05:10)

Pride Goeth before a Comet (00:07:43)

Arrogance versus Diplomacy (00:19:35)

More Honorable than Klingons (00:33:10)

Archer...Into Darkness (00:44:18)

Hoshi Station (01:06:57)

Closing (01:09:51)

 

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Category:Archer -- posted at: 4:00pm MST

Warp Five 62: A Guide for "Baby" Boomers!

A Season One Guide for "Baby" Boomers.

 

Thanks to the ever increasing popularity of Star Trek on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, CBS.com and more - being able to have online access to almost every Star Trek series has become increasingly easier and more convenient over the last decade. In reading many of our fan's comments on The Babel Conference, our dedicated Trek.Fm listener's page on Facebook, more and more fans are now discovering Enterprise for the very first time, or even more importantly - returning to Enterprise after what many believe was the overall demise of Star Trek - series fatigue.

 

In order to help these new fans, or "Baby" Boomers, navigate through the peaks and valleys of Enterprise Season One, Norman C. Lao and his guests in the Decon Chamber have each chosen two different episodes that they feel best represent the very pioneering and exploratory spirit of this series, how this season is relevant to the overall canon of Star Trek and how there is still a remarkable amount of potential that this series has to offer a newcomer OR even perhaps a new Star Trek fan. Let's begin our viewing voyage for 2015!

 

Host

Norman C. Lao

 

Guests

Will Nguyen

Tommy Kraft

 

Editor

John Mills

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao

Floyd Dorsey

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

 

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Introduction and Happy New Year! (00:01:11)  

New Fans are Discovering Star Trek in New Ways (00:05:08)  

These aren't the Vulcans You're Looking For (00:06:51)  

Space is Unknown and a Little Scary (00:31:20)  

Laying the groundwork to The Original Series (00:52:00)  

Final Thoughts (01:19:53)  

Hoshi Station: Enterprise Books in the Decon Chamber (01:23:23)  

Closing (01:24:35)  

 

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Direct download: WF-062.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 4:00pm MST

Warp Five 61: Where No Boomer Has Gone Before

Travis Mayweather.

 

From the best and brightest that Starfleet had to offer, Travis Mayweather was chosen to be the first watch helmsman of the NX-01 because he was the most naturally gifted ensign trained for the position and logged in more deep space interstellar star hours than any pilot in StarFleet - from his earlier days as a "boomer"; a child born and raised in space on the ECS Horizon freight hauler, running cargo with his family until he joined Starfleet. He also was the first pilot to have been as far into deep space versus any other pilot candidate at that time.

 

In this episode of Warp Five, Norman C. Lao and Will Nguyen discuss the merits and quality of the very first helmsman of the Enterprise legacy: Travis Mayweather. Was Travis the most naturally gifted pilot candidate from the graduating class of 2151? What did Archer see in him that was "special" and "unique," moreso than any other helmsman candidate in the NX-01 program? Please join us in the Decon Chamber for a fascinating study of Starfleet's very first Warp 5 pilot.

 

Host

Norman C. Lao

 

Guest

Will Nguyen

 

Editor

John Mills

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

 

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Introduction and Greetings from your New Host (00:01:06)  

Did Travis have the Right Stuff? (00:02:25)  

A Boomer of All Trades (00:06:39)  

Setting the Bar for Future Pilots (00:13:05)  

Archer as Mentor (00:19:20)  

Breathing life into Travis (00:22:46)  

Untapped Potential (00:31:30)  

Final Thoughts (00:40:11)  

Hoshi Station (00:48:00)  

Closing (00:56:04)  

 

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Direct download: WF-061.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 10:51am MST

Mind Melds in the 22nd Century. 

The Vulcan mind meld is one of the most iconic elements in the history of Star Trek. Next to the salute, it is probably the most recognized aspect of the Vulcan people. But the mind meld that we came to know through the TOS films, TNG, and beyond was not the mainstay throughout Vulcan history. There was a time when the joining of minds was viewed as a deviant act, something that should be avoided and a way of contracting a lethal disease.

In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Norm Lao discuss Vulcan mind melds as they are shown in the time of Archer, when Vulcans had strayed from the teachings of Surak. Was the view of this act as deviant behavior legitimate? Or was the stigmatization of mind melding merely a way for an oppressive government to control the populace? We explore the various aspects of this ancient Vulcan practice and how it changed over the centuries. 

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Norman C. Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

A Twist of Mysticism (00:05:03)

A Deviant Practice? (00:08:20)

Controlling the Populace (00:15:40)

Beyond the Kir’Shara (00:27:31)

Final Thoughts (00:32:57)

Closing and Feedback (00:36:41)

 

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Direct download: wf-060.mp3
Category:Vulcans -- posted at: 2:23am MST