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Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast

Jun 3, 2022

“Carbon Creek” 20th-anniversary reflections

To mark the one-year anniversary of T'Pol's official commission as a member of the Enterprise crew, Captain Archer invites her to dinner, along with Trip. It is a special occasion indeed as the previous record for a Vulcan serving with a human crew was a mere 10 days. When Archer asks her about a trip she once made to a small mining town called Carbon Creek, she agrees to tell them a story. She recounts the experiences of her second foremother, T'Mir, after the Vulcan survey mission of which she was a part crash landed in Pennsylvania. It's a tale of Velcro, higher education, and I Love Lucy; but did it really happen?

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 continue Season 2 with “Carbon Creek” as we explore the rewriting of history, diversity in Vulcan views of humans, how the writers turned a grab bag of Star Trek's greatest time travel hits into a delightful chance to decompress after the chaos of "Shockwave," and the franchise’s tribute to Lucille Ball.

C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

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