Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
Warp Five 33: Phloxenstein

Undeveloped Stories.

When it comes to the stories we didn't get on Enterprise, the discussion usually focuses on the fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons. But just like its sister shows, Enterprise also had a number of story ideas that were considered—some more more seriously than others—but for one reason or another were left on the drawing board. Unlike "Season Five" stories, these are episodes that could have found a home somewhere between "Broken Bow" and "These Are the Voyages…" In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Tyler Johnson take you through eight of these undeveloped stories, ranging from Phlox as Dr. Frankenstein to Porthos the linguist.

Direct download: wf-033.mp3
Category:Undeveloped Stories -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 32: Some Interesting Disembodied Moments

Organians on Enterprise.

Enterprise is known for bringing back alien races from The Original Series that were more or less ignored by the rest of Star Trek. Andorians, Orions, Tholians, and Gorn all come to mind. But these aren't the only classic races to make an appearance in the 22nd century. The Organians, those energetic agricultural pacifists from "Errand of Mercy," also paid a visit to the NX-01—only it happened in an episode that is easy to overlook.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Michael Fisher to discuss the Organians, their background in Star Trek prior to "Observer Effect," how they compare to the Q Continuum, what they were doing on Enterprise, and why—no matter what happens—someone always dies.

Direct download: wf-032.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 31: A Sequel to Us

TOS Impressions of Seasons 1 and 2.

When announced, the basic premise of Enterprise was a trip back to the 22nd century for a story that would set up The Original Series. In actuality, the first season of Enterprise delivered a weaker than anticipated connection to Kirk's time, and this continued in the second year. This is not a bad thing—it gave the show an identity of its own—but it did leave many long-time Trekkies scratching their head. So how would a died-in-the-wool TOS fan feel about Enterprise after coming into the series with certain expectations.

In this episode of Warp Five, we're joined by Standard Orbit co-host Drew Stewart to hear his take on Enterprise Seasons One and Two from a TOS perspective. How does a Kirk guy feel about Archer? How are the other characters received? What are Drew's favorite episodes and TOS connections from the first two seaons? And how would he have written the rest of the series beyond "Shockwave"? Join us for a trip from the 23rd century to the 22nd, with an unexpected sprinkling of X-Men.

Direct download: wf-031.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Warp Five 30: Put Another Zipper On It

Prequel Design.

How do you imagine a future that’s closer to our reality than what Gene Roddenberry was imagining for a show set three centuries from now? And how do you remain true to the franchise and all those elements created for The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager—whilst still making it mesh with what is to come later on the timeline? This is the challenge that faced the creative team when they began creating Enterprise. It was the Ultimate Prequel Design Challenge. And to say that it was daunting would be an understatement.

In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Tyler Johnson take a look at key areas that had to address the prequel nature of the series and bridge the gap between not only the 22nd century and the 24th, but between the audience's perception of what "future" meant in 1966 and 2001. From the NX-01's exterior to the bridge to the engine room—to alien ships and beyond—we explore the visual design of Star Trek's prequel. We even find out why you can never have too many pockets and zippers.

Direct download: wf-030.mp3
Category:Design -- posted at: 8:00pm MST