Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast

“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

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