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Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast

Jan 31, 2022

“Rogue Planet” 20th-anniversary reflections.

A camping trip turns mysterious—and potentially deadly—when giant snails get into Captain Archer's head. Actually, they enter through telepathy, not the ear canal, and they're being hunted by an alien race who visits this dark, rogue planet from time to time for sport. Hunting these snails, which they call wraiths, is a challenge for them. Archer and the crew of the Enterprise also face a challenge as they attempt to unravel the mystery of the beautiful woman in a blue dress with apple blossoms in her hair.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our 20th-anniversary retrospective that takes you through all of Star Trek: Enterprise, one episode at a time. In this installment, we explore “Rogue Planet” and ask just what the snail is going on in this story that feels like it could belong to any Star Trek series. We discuss the evolving character of Malcolm Reed, Archer's desire to help the aliens who are being hunted, similarities to DS9's Changelings, authorial intent, and more.

C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)