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Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast

Jun 1, 2024

“Bounty” 20th-anniversary reflections

The Empire never forgets its enemies. That’s something Jonathan Archer learns when he decides to trust a surprisingly friendly Tellarite offering vacationing tips. Turns out he’s a bounty hunter working for the Klingons, who still haven’t forgiven Archer for escaping from Rura Penthe. The Enterprise crew sets out on a mission to rescue their captain but find it difficult to focus while T’Pol runs around the ship in her skivvies trying to mate with everyone.

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 “Bounty” as we discuss how the story marks the end of the show’s original concept, sets a course for serialization, adds texture to pon farr, and proves that Tellarites are terrible travel guides.

Intro (00:00:00)
Bringing Back the Tellarites (00:02:20)
The End of the Original Concept (00:09:38)
All In on Serialization (00:17:37)
Fleshing Out Pon Farr (00:23:34)
Sexualizing T’Pol (00:31:07)
Final Thoughts and Ratings (00:36:58)
Closing (00:39:14)

C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

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