Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast

“Cold Front” 20th-anniversary reflections.

When the Enterprise encounters a freighter transporting a group of pilgrims, Archer sees the perfect opportunity for a little cultural exchange. But what first appears to be an enlightening religious experience turns deadly when the NX-01’s engines are sabotaged and an unlikely figure comes to the rescue. Things only get stranger from there when Crewman Daniels reveals that he is from 900 years in the future and charged with keeping an eye on factions fighting one another in a temporal cold war.

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 “Cold Front” and the Temporal Cold War storyline that was inserted to make the show feel more futuristic. Along the way, we discuss the Suliban, time travel, spirituality in Star Trek, movie night, and more.

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

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

Direct download: wf-212.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 5:23am MST

“Fortunate Son” 20th-anniversary reflections

When a Warp 2 freighter named Fortunate sends a distress signal, the Enterprise is sent to assist. But when they arrive, they find that the crew doesn’t want help and are holding a Nausicaan prisoner. A tug-o-war between Archer and the freighter’s acting captain sheds a light on the rift between Earth’s past and future in space as Starfleet and Boomer culture collide.

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 “Fortunate Son” and how the story serves as a transition point for humans in space. We discuss the importance of Boomer culture to the setup of the prequel story, football in space, and how the experience with the Fortunate advances the slow formation of a code of behavior that will guide how mankind operates in deep space. We also ask what the series loses by allowing Travis to fade into the background after a story such as this and whether Nausicaans should be showing up on Enterprise.

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

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

Direct download: wf-211.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 7:50pm MST

“Civilization” 20th-anniversary reflections

In the first encounter with an Earth-like planet that is home to a full-fledged pre-warp civilization, the crew of the Enterprise NX-01 faces a situation tailor made for the Prime Directive. Excited to explore an alien world and society that reminds them of their own roots, the crew pioneers the trademarked Starfleet plastic surgery and heads down to the surface. But they find themselves in the middle of an alien infiltration that puts their morals to the test and delivers a story worthy of The Original Series.

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 “Civilization” and how the story captures the pure excitement of early space exploration as well as the feel of The Original Series. We also discuss the early seeds of what will develop into the Prime Directive, Phlox’s house of cosplay, Captain Archer as a first impression of humanity, and debate how the universal translator works.

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

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

Direct download: wf-210.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 3:48am MST

“Breaking the Ice” 20th-anniversary reflections

When the Enterprise takes a detour to investigate a comet, a series of trials put trust to the test. Things get frosty as Vulcan–human animosity and suspicion once again come to the surface aboard the NX-01 while Malcolm and Travis build a snowman on the comet's surface. There lots of ice to break in this episode.

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 “Breaking the Ice” and discuss the test of trust between T’Pol and her human crewmates as well as how her conversations with Trip foreshadow the romance that is to come. We also talk about the price of pride—and how it impacts both Vulcan and human sides of the story—as well as the great fun that is letters from students and the deliciousness that is pecan pie.

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

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

Direct download: wf-209.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 8:16am MST

“The Andorian Incident” 20th-anniversary reflections

When the Enterprise drops by a Vulcan monastery to check out the meditation, they find a priest whose behavior is so odd, with such outbursts, that they know something must be wrong. Sensing this, Archer and Trip do what humans do and crash the party—a move that leads to a hostage situation and the ultimate discovery of Vulcan treachery. It's a triangle of distrust among the founding members of the Federation that provides critical background to the Star Trek story that had been missing decades.

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 “The Andorian Incident” and discuss how this story not only brings back one of Star Trek’s most-beloved—and least-known—species but also plants the seeds for the alliance that comes to define the future that Gene Roddenberry envisioned. We also talk about why deceitful Vulcans provide needed room for growth in storytelling and how the Prime Directive begins to take shape. And if you listen long enough, you may even find an appearance by the Blue Man Group.

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

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

Direct download: wf-208.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 7:40am MST

“Terra Nova” 20th-anniversary reflections

The Enterprise may be the first Warp 5-capable ship—and the vehicle for Earth’s first real mission to actively explore deep space—but it isn’t the first time humans set out to settle the stars. A planet called Terra Nova was the site of the first human colony outside our solar system. But it has been a long time since anyone has heard from the settlers. Archer and his crew learn why when they drop by for a visit and find out that they aren’t welcome.

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 “Terra Nova” and discuss why this story that was not well received by fans and critics is overflowing with questions and commentary that are right at the core of Star Trek. And none of it is shale. We also talk about Archer’s frustrations with humans who won’t trust him, the portrayal of colonization, evolving morals, and the situation room.

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

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

Direct download: wf-207.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 7:57pm MST

“Unexpected” 20th-anniversary reflections

Starfleet is known for its willingness to lend a helping hand to ships in need, and the same can be said for the Enterprise in those early days of humanity’s space exploration. The discovery that a cloaked alien ship is leaching energy from the NX-01 is met with compassion rather than anger, but Trip Tucker gets more than he bargained for when he ventures over to help the Xyrillians.

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 “Unexpected” and how humans learn the hard way that, when dealing with first contacts in deep space, even good intentions and innocent interactions can have serious consequences. We also discuss how this lighthearted story—heavily panned by media and fans of the time—further establishes Trip’s personality and helps the writers develop his character as the series progresses.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Alien Environment (00:01:45)
Early Holodeck Reveal (00:09:06)
Innocent Interactions (00:18:37)
Pushing Forward in Its Time (00:24:39)
Phlox and T’Pol (00:28:27)
Klingons Too Soon? (00:33:57)
Critical Reception (00:39:49)
Closing (00:43:55)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

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

Direct download: wf-206.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 10:45pm MST

“Strange New World” 20th-anniversary reflections

Although the crew of the Enterprise NX-01 visited Rigel X and Qo’noS in the pilot episode, “Broken Bow,” the first stopover on a Minshara-class planet during their mission of exploration takes an unexpected turn. What at first appears to be an idyllic Earth-like world becomes the setting for a test of trust between humans and Vulcans as a dark and stormy night forces the landing party to take refuge in caves and Trip suspects T’Pol of collaborating with the natives.

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 how “Strange New World” establishes the story of humanity in space that leads us to the Federation. We also discuss the sense of wonder in exploration, early technology, and Hoshi’s key role in saving the day.

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

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

Direct download: wf-205.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 4:56am MST

“Fight or Flight” 20th-anniversary reflections.

In their first deep space encounter with an unfamiliar ship, the Enterprise crew makes a chilling discovery that tests their nerves and human instincts. The alien ship’s crew has been slaughtered and strung up to the ceiling, attached to a device that collects fluids from their bodies. It’s an especially unnerving finding for Hoshi Sato, who is already struggling with doubts about her ability to cope with the unknown and the risk that comes with life aboard a starship exploring deep space.

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 discuss how “Fight or Flight” sets the stage for the series now that we’ve moved beyond the pilot and how the encounter with the Axanar exposes human naivety and highlights the challenge of adaptation. We also explore how human and Vulcan points of view are used to contrast reactions to the unknown and risk, as well as Archer’s evolving view of how human morals will apply in space.

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

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

Direct download: wf-204.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 6:20pm MST

“Broken Bow” 20th-anniversary reflections.

After 14 consecutive years of telling stories set in the 24th century, Star Trek looked back in time for the premise of the franchise’s fifth spinoff series. Initially entitled simply Enterprise, the show that would continue the franchise’s run on television after Star Trek: Voyager was set in the 22nd century and sought to answer a question that many fans had long wanted to know: how did humans get from World War III and first contact to the vast Federation seen in The Original Series and beyond? And while the launch of the NX-01 and this prequel remain fresh in many of our minds, 20 years have now passed since the September 26, 2001 premiere.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing kick off a 20th-anniversary retrospective that will take you through all of Star Trek: Enterprise, one episode at a time. In this first installment, we ourselves look back in time to discuss the birth of the series as well as the pilot, “Broken Bow,” sharing memories of our first viewing and how our love for the series has grown over the past two decades.

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

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

Direct download: wf-203.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 8:10pm MST

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