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Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast

Feb 18, 2023

“Canamar” 20th-anniversary reflections

When the Enterprise rendezvous with Shuttlepod One to meet Captain Archer and Commander Tucker, who had been on a mission to make first contact with unknown aliens, they find the shuttle dead in space. After reviewing the logs, they believe Archer and Trip were abducted, and they begin a search with the help of the alien authorities. Meanwhile, the captain and commander fight for their lives aboard a prison vessel transporting them to a penal colony called Canamar, and Trip gets stuck next to the chatty passenger.

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 “Canamar,” the frightening encounters humans have with aliens during these early days of deep space exploration, how the story came to be, and what it has to say about attempts to control people and curb crime in real world societies. We also ask if it is filler to flesh out a 26-episode season.

Intro (00:00:00)
The Chatty Passenger (00:02:17)
Humanity’s First Tests (00:04:34)
Archer’s Adaptations (00:10:52)
False Imprisonment (00:16:54)
Story Origins (00:21:49)
Fit, Slimmer Pakleds (00:26:45)  
Final Thoughts and Ratings (00:28:43)
Closing (00:34:06)

C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

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