Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast (Episode Discussions)

“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

Top Five Episode Titles. 
  
Episode titles can often be tricky to write. Some titles may give too much away. Some may only make sense after seeing the episode. Some are completely straightforward. But one thing cannot be denied - episode titles are important, and thus, most fans have their favorites. 


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala, Patrick Devlin, and Brandi Jackola take inspiration from a recent episode of the TrekRanks Podcast and reveal our top five Enterprise episode titles. We also discuss double meanings, honorable mentions, exclamation points, waking dogs, jazz, and bananas in P'Jem.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers (00:1:28)
Title 5 (00:06:44) 
Title 4 (00:12:11) 
Title 3 (00:15:53) 
Title 2 (00:21:28)
Title 1 (00:24:06) 
Re-Cap (00:29:02)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala, Brandi Jackola, and Patrick Devlin

Production
Patrick Devlin (Editor) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer)  C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-177.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 12:01am MST

"Cogenitor".
 
Gender: a word that seems simple at first, and in days past had a limited definition. But as with all language, the meanings of words change with use and context. Dictionary.com defines gender (in relation to life forms, and not grammar) as:
1. either the male or female division of a species, especially as differentiated by social and cultural roles and behavior:the feminine gender.
2. a similar category of human beings that is outside the male/female binary classification and is based on the individual's personal awareness or identity.
Enterprise's twenty-second episode of season two dives into this construct called gender, and could arguably be the most important episode of the series. At the time of airing, it was considered very forward-thinking; today, it could be considered eerily prescient. 


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala and Brandi Jackola are joined by special guests Dan Deevy of Gaaays in Spaaace and Barry DeFord of Politreks to tackle the episode "Cogenitor". They discuss friendly encounters, the difference between gender and sex, Andorians mating in fours, imposing human cultural values on another civilizations, necessity bringing about change, and whether they think Archer was right to deny asylum to the cogenitor.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:31) 
Welcome Dan and Barry! (00:02:23) 
Disclaimer and Points of View (00:03:40) 
Star Trek: Generations (00:06:50) 
First Contact Without Charging Weapons (00:08:40) 
3% (00:12:35) 
A Third Gender (00:18:15) 
Gender is a Social Construct (00:26:30) 
The Needs of the Many... or the One (00:37:08) 
Cultural Values (00:51:15) 
What Would Archer Do? (01:01:45) 
Asylum (01:13:43) 
Final Thoughts (01:20:28) 
Closing (01:34:08)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala and Brandi Jackola
 
Guests
Dan Deevy and Barry DeFord
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer)  C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-163.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 12:01am MST

"Desert Crossing." 
  
A few episodes after the events of "Detained" in season one of Star Trek: Enterprise, it comes to light that the story of Archer freeing the Suliban detainees is spreading across the galaxy. And, like a game of "Telephone", elements of the story have been greatly exaggerated, leading some to believe that Archer and the Enterprise are a military power to be reckoned with. Though Captain Archer can't control what stories have been told and retold, he and Commander Tucker end up unwittingly facing the consequences of those tall tales, and very nearly lose their lives in the process.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala and Brandi Jackola, with special guest Russell Skeet, take a deep dive into the twenty-fourth episode of season one, "Desert Crossing".  They discuss Clancy Brown, season continuity, freedom fighters, beer ball, prairie oysters, and who would be a great new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher on Discovery.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:28) 
Feedback (00:04:12) 
Welcome, Russell! (00:07:39) 
41 Degrees (00:12:38) 
Continuity (00:15:42) 
9/11 (00:19:22) 
Sneaking Away (00:31:21) 
Why Montana? (00:35:47) 
Beer Ball and Tapestries (00:40:22) 
Final Thoughts (00:43:00) 
Closing (00:49:12)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala and Brandi Jackola
 
Guest
Russell Skeet
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer)  C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-162.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 12:01am MST

"The Seventh." 
  
Captain Archer has never really trusted the Vulcans because of what he felt was their interference with the Warp 5 project. When his mission as Captain of the NX-01 finally began, the Vulcan high command installed a Vulcan crew member as his science officer. During the first two years of their mission, Archer and T'Pol seemed to have an uneasy working relationship, until T'Pol approached Archer and asked him to join her on a mission to capture a criminal that eluded her on one of her first missions for the high command. When she asked for his help, she explained that she wanted someone she could trust.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Patrick Devlin and Brandon-Shea Mutala talk about the second season episode "The Seventh." We discuss emotions, placement of the episode, what works and what doesn't, and Trip's B-Plot. We also discuss real world promotions in the military, Disney Princesses, and Italian synonyms for "gusto."

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:28) 
Feedback (00:02:55) 
"The Seventh" (00:11:05) 
Final Thoughts (00:35:00) 
Closing (00:39:39)
 
Hosts
Patrick Devlin and Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer)  C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-161.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 12:01am MST

"Detained" Deep Dive.
 
In the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Executive Order 9066 was issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, authorizing the deportation and incarceration of Japanese Americans. Nearly 120,00 people on the West Coast were forced into internment camps further inland under suspicion of spying for the enemy. At least 62% of those incarcerated were United States citizens. These actions were found much later to be based on "race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership" (Civil Liberties Act of 1988) and, decades later, are the focus of many films, documentaries as well as TV shows including Star Trek: Enterprise.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Patrick Devlin and Brandi Jackola take a deep dive into the first season episode "Detained". They discuss racism, a Quantum reunion, exploding walls, and why it's wrong to incarcerate an entire species because of the actions of a few. 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25) 
Feedback (00:03:07) 
"Detained" (00:09:12) 
That Was the Fear (00:11:02) 
Dean (00:19:09) 
T'Pol Didn’t Fall For It (00:21:51) 
We Do This For Them (00:24:29) 
Threatening Enterprise (00:27:35) 
The Suliban Change (00:29:09) 
Wouldn't That Make More? (00:37:35) 
Star Trek Future (00:40:43) 
Final Thoughts (00:45:10) 
Closing (00:54:23) 
 
Hosts
Brandi Jackola and Patrick Devlin
 
Production
Patrick Devlin (Editor) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer)  C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-154.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 4:51pm MST

"Damage" With Phyllis Strong.
 
The episode "Damage" from the third season of Star Trek: Enterprise was controversial for two plot points that took Archer and T'Pol into dark areas they hadn't been to before. The episode revealed T'Pol's addiction to Trellium D, the substance that was used to line starships and protect them from the anomalies that were scattered through the expanse. Meanwhile, Archer made the controversial decision to steal parts from a passing starship and leave them stranded, so that he could continue on with his mission of stopping the Xindi weapon.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala speak with the writer of the episode "Damage," Phyllis Strong. We talk about T'Pol's drug addiction, story comparisons to history, Archer going dark, Phlox's place in the episode, and if Phyllis would change anything after all these years.

Stay tuned to the very end for an important message from the hosts.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:28) 
"Damage" With Phyllis Strong (00:05:12) 
Trellium D (00:06:24) 
"Lethe" (00:23:00) 
Coventry (00:23:29) 
Archer Goes Dark (00:30:39) 
Any Hindsight Changes? (00:37:10) 
Phlox (00:39:10) 
Listener Questions (00:41:15) 
Final thoughts (00:57:29) 
Goodbye to Floyd (01:07:17)
 
Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Phyllis Strong
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Joe Saltzman (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-129.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 12:01am MST

102: All 173 Rules of Acquisition

"Acquisition" and the Ferengi in Enterprise.

When developing a premise for a new Star Trek series, Rick Berman and Brannon Braga decided that the successor to Star Trek: Voyager would have its sights set on the past. As a prequel to Star Trek, Enterprise was designed to explain how we got from present day, through World War III, and into the 23rd century. Many aliens that we would see in the show originated with the Star Trek that was created in the sixties. However, the creators did bring in a few other races that we would not see until the era of The Next Generation.

In this episode of Warp Five, Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Amy Nelson, co-host of Earl Grey, to discuss the Ferengi, and their appearance in the 22nd century. We talk about seeds laid during "Dear Doctor" for their appearance in "Acquisition," how their portrayal in the 22nd century compares to their portrayal in the 24th century, oo-mox, the actors, and our overall opinions on the episode.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:22) 
"Acquisition" (00:03:15) 
"Dear, Doctor" (00:06:28) 
Compared to The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine (00:08:08) 
The Actors (00:10:34) 
Opinions on the Episode (00:13:53) 
Final Thoughts (00:28:37) 


Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Amy Nelson

Production

Floyd Dorsey (Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-102.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Warp Five 84: Kicking in Doors and Stepping on Toes

Enterprise Season One: Making New Friends.

How do you know when you may be in over your head? In Season One, it didn't take long for the NX-01 crew to find themselves exposed to situations and troubles they had never considered. Simple acts like visiting a monastery, exploring a pre-warp society, or simply saying "Hello!" quickly showed the crew that they may not be as prepared for the unknown as they thought.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Jeffrey Harlan are joined by Norman C. Lao as they cover the themes found in the second quarter of Enterprise's freshman season. Listen in as they talk about what happens when you step in the middle of a centuries-old political argument, finally find an inhabited M-class planet, try to bring some order to the frontier, and find out the guy who brings you your eggs actually knows a whole lot more about you than you thought.

Chapters
Rewatches (00:03:40)
The Andorian Incident (00:06:39)
Silent Enemy (00:16:59)
Civilization (00:23:51)
Fortunate Son (00:33:00)
Cold Front (00:40:47)
Final Thoughts (00:46:28)

Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Jeffrey Harlan

Guest
Norman C. Lao

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer), Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer), Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer), Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer), Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer), Mike Morrison (Associate Producer), Richard Marquez (Production Manager), Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: wf-084.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 7:54am MST

Warp Five 68: An Episode Lost In Translation

Terra Nova. An Episode Lost in Translation.

One of the main goals for Warp Five is to give our listeners a fresh and positive perspective on Enterprise. It is only journalistically responsible for us to not only discuss the "positive" elements of this series...but the "problematic" as well. To be sure, there were issues that plagued all four seasons of Enterprise ranging from poor writing to severe interference from the UPN and the powers that be, ultimately causing "uniquely memorable" moments to happen within this series. Terra Nova unfortunately was one of those moments and one of the most severe.

 

Terra Nova was listed on five different fan review websites that categorized and listed the "worst" episodes of Enterprise and of Star Trek. When I reviewed the sheer vitriol that Terra Nova suffered from online reviews, I was shocked, intrigued and bewildered that this episode was so poorly received. So...what happened? How could two veteran Trek writers in Berman and Braga just utterly and completely misfire? Pull up a chair and join us in The Conference Room for a fantastic, open and honest discussion of this very controversial episode!

 

Host

Norman C. Lao

 

Guests

Will Nguyen and Tommy Kraft

 

Editor

Matthew Rushing

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao and Floyd Dorsey

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro and The Other Side of the Episode (00:01:17)

Terra Nova: Good Intentions or Serious Misfire? (00:05:53)

What Went Wrong? (00:10:31)

Communication Breakdown (00:18:32)

A Casting Misfire? (00:23:52)

Signs of Trek Exhaustion? (00:31:20)

Another Missed Opportunity For More Hoshi (00:38:48)

Dances With Novans (00:43:37)

Our Final Thoughts are Not Shale (00:51:31)

Closing and a Five Star Review! (00:55:32)

 

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Direct download: wf-068.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 5:00pm MST

Warp Five 48: Writing the Harmonica Out of the Show

North Star.

As a prequel to TOS, it should come as no surprise that Enterprise would have a Wild West episode. The Original Series gave us "Spectre of the Gun," a story that played off the Shootout at the O.K. Corral. TNG even got in on the action with "A Fistful of Datas." So "North Star" made Enterprise the third Star Trek series to put on the cowboy hat, but the way it wore it was a bit different than those that came before.

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Sebastian Prooth to talk about the NX-01's visit to a world with a Wild West motif and how the story is so true to The Original Series—but with a modern, more complex sensibility. We discuss the nature of the relationship between the local humans and the Skagarans, whether or not the clothing, guns, and even the harmonicas pull us out of the story in a time when there were no replicators. We also explore the creative elements, the supporting actors, and reasons that may explain why fan reaction to "North Star" is so mixed.

 

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Chapters

Mission Interrupted (4:03)

Wild, Wild West… Again (11:50)

Old-School Star Trek (14:05)

Wearing the Clothes Well (21:05)

Rolling with the Horses (29:21)

Enterprise Finds Its Voice? (37:23)

Character Points (45:07)

Differing from TOS (51:42)

Final Thoughts (58:24)

Closing (1:04:05)

Direct download: wf-048.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 5:37am MST

Warp Five 43: The First Rule of Xyrillian Boat Club

Unexpected.

As a prequel series, Enterprise promised to show us how humans would react to truly alien encounters. Trip certainly experienced one when he left the ship on a simple mission to help some aliens fix their engines, but came back with a baby. Or at least a wristnipple. In this episode of Warp Five we bring you a replay of a past Ready Room discussion with Enterprise associate producer Dave Rossi in which we discuss “Unexpected,” how it gives us a rare glimpse of a truly alien environment, introduces holodeck and replicator technology, the first hostile encounter between human and Klingon ships, and more.

Direct download: wf-043.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 8:48am MST

Warp Five 37: Mean-Spirited Siri

Dead Stop.

Enterprise did not always capture the spirit of the unknown as throughly as its prequel nature promised. But in "Dead Stop" we're reminded that there are some very strange things out there, and some people far more advanced than us. In what is essentially a sequel to "Minefield," the NX-01 puts in for repair at a mysterious facility that provides near-magical services for a bargain price. It also makes a mean plate of fried catfish.

In this episode of Warp Five Christopher Jones and Darren Moser discuss this second-season gem, how it scratches at continuity, provides glimpses of future technology, and provides touching character moments amidst a classic mystery.

Direct download: wf-037.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

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