Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
Warp Five 55: Everything I Do (I Do With William Shatner)

Shatner on Enterprise. Almost.

Back in 2004, rumors were flying that William Shatner might appear on Enterprise. Many TOS cast members had appeared on other incarnations of Star Trek—Bones, Spock, Scotty, and Sarek on The Next Generation, Sulu on Voyager, and Kor, Koloth, and Kang on Deep Space Nine to name a few. So the idea that Kirk could show up on Enterprise was made perfect sense. Well, reasonable sense anyway. In the end it never happened, but with all the talk of Shatner possibly returning the franchise in the next film, we thought it to be a good time to revisit Kirk cameos… almost.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Mike Schindler of our TOS show Standard Orbit to talk about the three key possibilities for a Shatner appearance on Enterprise: the Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens Mirror Universe two-parter, the Mike Sussman Chef concept, and the mysterious Shatner pitch that would have also been a two-parter.

 

Host

Christopher Jones

 

Guest

Mike Schindler

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Chapters

Thoughts on Character Crossovers (3:01)

The Mirror Universe Two-Parter (11:02)

Chef Shatner Saves the Day (18:04)

Shatner's Own Enterprise Pitch (24:03)

Our Ideas for Shatner on Enterprise (33:31)

Closing (37:44)

 

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Direct download: wf-055.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 5:26am MDT

Warp Five 54: Misunderstood Moralist?

John Frederick Paxton.

Some people don't handle change well. Some see it as not only as an inconvenience but a threat. The Xindi Scare left many on Earth questioning the wisdom of interacting with aliens and allowing them to call our world home. This gave strength to a movement called Terra Prime, which had been around for a few decades prior to the Xindi attack. At the head of this group was John Frederick Paxton, an ailing leader who was willing to resort to drastic measures to rid Earth and the Terran systems of alien influence. He can be seen as the master of xenophobia, yet the actor who portrayed him, Peter Weller, described him as a misunderstood moralist.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tommy Kraft to discuss Paxton, his motivations, the contradictions in his words and actions, the motivations driving him to create a baby from Trip and T'Pol's DNA and fire upon San Francisco, and the legacy that he left behind.

 

Host

Christopher Jones

 

Guest

Tommy Kraft

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao

 

Chapters

An Unlikeable But Understandable Character (4:00)

Motivations (9:19)

A Colonel Green Disciple (16:50)

Contradictions (20:15)

Violent Tendencies (25:55)

Paxton's Legacy (36:18)

Closing (46:16)

 

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Direct download: wf-054.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 1:25am MDT

Warp Five 53: I Hear Sluggo Still Looks Exactly the Same

The Enterprise Movie.

Back in the Naughts, word around the Alpha Quadrant was that Archer and the crew of the NX-01 would inherit the Star Trek film franchise once the TNG crew finished their run. Before that could happen, however, events transpired that nixed not only the plans for Enterprise on the big screen, but Star Trek itself. While Enterprise never landed at the cineplex, we can always dream of what form that might have taken.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tyler Johnson and Tommy Kraft to toss around ideas for the mythical Enterprise movie. From mining ENT for that key launching pad à la "Space Seed" or "The Best of Both Worlds" to enrolling Porthos in Section 31, we look all around the galaxy and then decide to go thatta way. Or maybe thatta way.

 

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Chapters

Initial Thoughts (3:26)

Choosing the Timeframe (5:54)

Looking for that Key Moment (11:51)

We Do More Than Just Spheres! (20:49)

Let's Go Thatta Way (28:20)

Vulcans, Andorians, and Porthos, Oh My! (30:17)

Section 31 Meets the Mirror Universe (35:13)

Final Thoughts (41:44)

 

Closing (50:16)

Direct download: wf-053.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 6:10am MDT

Warp Five 52: The Switzerland of Space Pirates

Orions on Enterprise.

They're seductive. They're big. They're green. And, according to The Animated Series, they're politically neutral. They are, of course, the Orions! One of the most famous aliens in Star Trek thanks to Susan Oliver's portrayal of a slave girl in "The Cage," the Orions are mentioned throughout Star Trek but rarely seen. That all changed when the fourth season of Enterprise rolled around and the NX-01 crew found themselves up for auction in an Orion slave market on Verex III. In "Borderland" we got our first glimpse of the Orions in many years, and saw male Orions for the very first time. Then in "Bound" the writers turned all of our notions about these aliens on their head.

In the episode of Warp Five we're joined by Sebastian Prooth to discuss the background of the Orions on The Original Series and The Animated Series, their introduction to Enterprise, the role of the Orion slave girl in geek fantasy, and how Enterprise took this iconic element of geekdom and added depth and intrigue where we didn't expect it.

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Chapters

Orions in TOS and The Animated Series (3:09)

Reintroducing Orions on Enterprise (15:04)

Borderland and the Orion Slave Trade (19:55)

Bound and the Truth About Orion Women (27:13)

Other Orion References in Enterprise (40:24)

Final Thoughts (44:42)

Closing (49:04)

Direct download: wf-052.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 7:28am MDT

Warp Five 51: They’re a Lot Like Water Vulcans

Xindi-Aquatics.

Of the six original Xindi species, the Aquatics may be the most unique. Not only do they lack the humanoid form of the others, but their life under water means they have a very different world view from their fellow Xindus natives. They are said to be the first Xindi to have developed intelligence, yet they are the most challenging for us to communicate with and understand.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tommy Kraft for a close look at the Xindi-Aquatics, their background and physiology, their advanced technology, and the sloth-like pace of their deliberations. We discuss what it means to be a cetacean intelligence, how they might develop advanced technology and build starships without the use of Star Trek's standard humanoid limbs, and whether their patience was the deciding factor in the success of the Enterprise's mission.

 

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Chapters

Xindi-Aquatic Physiology (3:32)

Patience to a Fault? (19:27)

Xindi-Aquatic Technology (25:41)

Final Thoughts (30:55)

Closing (35:43)

Direct download: wf-051.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 11:53pm MDT

Warp Five 50: The Find Your Ancestors App Is Very Popular

The Temporal Observatory.

We've seen some pretty cool gadgets and amazing technology on Star Trek, but few were as incredible as Crewman Daniels's Temporal Observatory. This handheld device was essentially a map to not just the stars but to time itself. With it, one could monitor the activities and movements of temporal agents and watch history itself unfold. It wasn't a passive thing either. With the Temporal Observatory and related technologies you could actually move through time to observe events firsthand. But how did this rarely seen gizmo really work?

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tommy Kraft to explore and speculate as we take the bits that we know about 31st-century temporal technology and try to figure out how it functions, what powers it might have that we didn't see on screen, and why Future Guy wanted it so badly.

 

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Chapters

Pondering the Nature of Time (2:35)

The Temporal Cold War: An Overview (7:28)

The Temporal Observatory (12:46)

Temporal Beacons and Tags (20:48)

The Importance of the Temporal Observatory (27:29)

Final Thoughts (35:47)

Direct download: wf-050.mp3
Category:Temporal Cold War -- posted at: 3:51am MDT

Warp Five 49: A Vaccine for Space Zombiness

T’Pol’s Drug Addiction.

We know that Vulcan's have emotions. In fact, they have more powerful emotions than humans. They just hide them well. The introduction of drug addiction to T’Pol’s story gave the writers a tool with which to break down the wall and show what is going on underneath the controlled, logical exterior. But was this needed for the continued growth of Vulcans as characters on the show? Was it needed exclusively for the growth of T’Pol?

In this episode of Warp Five we’re joined by Daniel Proulx to discuss this controversial part of Enterprise, how it evolved her character, whether or not her relationship with Trip would have happened without it, and how Jolene Blalock’s portrayal of a Vulcan in turmoil differed from her portrayal of the stiff, arrogant sub-commander of the first two seasons.

 

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Chapters

Introducing Drug Addiction to Star Trek (2:06)

Necessary for the Evolution of Vulcans and T'Pol? (11:17)

A Protective Neurotoxin for Vulcans (17:30)

Catalyst for T'Pol's Relationship with Trip? (21:48)

T'Pol's Later-Season Potential (26:30)

Final Thoughts (33:38)

Closing and Feedback (40:18)

Direct download: wf-049.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:30am MDT

Warp Five 48: Writing the Harmonica Out of the Show

North Star.

As a prequel to TOS, it should come as no surprise that Enterprise would have a Wild West episode. The Original Series gave us "Spectre of the Gun," a story that played off the Shootout at the O.K. Corral. TNG even got in on the action with "A Fistful of Datas." So "North Star" made Enterprise the third Star Trek series to put on the cowboy hat, but the way it wore it was a bit different than those that came before.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Sebastian Prooth to talk about the NX-01's visit to a world with a Wild West motif and how the story is so true to The Original Series—but with a modern, more complex sensibility. We discuss the nature of the relationship between the local humans and the Skagarans, whether or not the clothing, guns, and even the harmonicas pull us out of the story in a time when there were no replicators. We also explore the creative elements, the supporting actors, and reasons that may explain why fan reaction to "North Star" is so mixed.

 

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Chapters

Mission Interrupted (4:03)

Wild, Wild West… Again (11:50)

Old-School Star Trek (14:05)

Wearing the Clothes Well (21:05)

Rolling with the Horses (29:21)

Enterprise Finds Its Voice? (37:23)

Character Points (45:07)

Differing from TOS (51:42)

Final Thoughts (58:24)

Closing (1:04:05)

Direct download: wf-048.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 5:37am MDT

Warp Five 47: A Horror Story Gone Wrong

Extinction Rewrite.

As much as we love Star Trek, not all episodes can be winners. Every series has a few stories that leave you wanting more. Often there's a great setup that goes unexplored, leaving you with thoughts of how it could have played out. That's when you rewrite. Enterprise fumbled on the third play of a long drive to find the Xindi superweapon in an episode called "Extinction." Director LeVar Burton has said he is embarassed to have been part of it, and exective producer Brannon Braga said it's the single most embarassing moment of his Star Trek career. But is the episode really that bad?

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tyler Johnson to explore the seeds of a good story that can be found in this episode about a society that engineered a mutagenic virus as a last-ditch effort to preserve their civilization. We share what we like about the episode, what we dislike, and what we would do differently if we were sitting at the writers' table—and we do it all while enjoying a juicy Georgia peach.

 

Chapters

Worst Episode Ever? (2:37)

Episode Synopsis (7:01)

What We Like About Extinction (12:26)

What We Dislike About Extinction (16:22)

Chris's Rewrite (21:07)

Tyler's Rewrite (29:02)

Final Thoughts (39:16)

Closing (42:29)

Direct download: wf-047.mp3
Category:Rewrites -- posted at: 8:59am MDT

Warp Five 46: A Tour de Force of Hair

Enterprise Awards and Nominations.

Over the course of five decades, Star Trek has raked in awards and nominations from the Saturn to the Emmy and beyond. Four of the five live-action series were recognized by the prestigious Hugo Awards—and one of those series was Enterprise. While Star Trek is more often than not honored for technical achievements, the franchise's dramatic presentation is also held in high esteem. During its short four-year run, Enterprise took its place alongside TOS ("The City On the Edge of Forever"), TNG ("The Inner Light"), and DS9 ("Trials and Tribble-ations") in vying for the finned Hugo rocket.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tyler Johnson to discuss all of Enterprise's nominations and wins as we learn that—despite its reputation as the series that killed the franchise—the last Star Trek to grace our screens weekly carried the franchise torch as a creative equal to those that came before.

Direct download: wf-046.mp3
Category:Awards -- posted at: 6:02am MDT