Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast (Technology)
Warp Five 58: Never Transport on Wi-Fi

Developing the Transporter.

Even those who have never watched Star Trek know about “beaming” from place to place. A fictional technology originally created to deal with the reality of television budgets, the transporter has become known to pretty much everyone; and for Star Trek fans it’s part of everyday life. But in the 22nd century, transporters were used only for cargo. The idea of beaming humans around was a frightening one, and it took some time for the crew of the NX-01 to warm up to the idea.

In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Norman C. Lao discuss the early days of the transporter, the technology’s creator Emory Erickson, the early controversies and fears surrounding beaming, and some of Erickson’s goals that went unmet in the prime timeline but did surface in the Abramsverse.



Christopher Jones



Norman C. Lao


Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones


Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao



Transporters as Everyday Transportation (3:01)

Early Transporter Fears ( 8:13)

The Metaphysical Argument (23:49)

The Ethics of Transporter Technology (32:40)

Sub-Quantum Beaming (37:32)

Closing and Feedback (50:54)


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Direct download: wf-058.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 9:52pm MST

Warp Five 26: Character Growth In a Torpedo

Prequel Technology.

As Star Trek fans we take things like transporters, phasers, and photo torpedoes for granted. But these futuristic devices weren’t always available to the people who built the Federation. While we can theorize on how we might build these technologies, actually doing it is beyond our grasp. So how do we get from here to there? That’s a question that the writers and designers of Enterprise had to answer. In this episode of Warp Five we’re joined by Tyler Johnson to discuss prequel technology, the devices of the 22nd century that eventually led us to the power wielded by Kirk, Picard, Sisko, and Janeway. What was it like to use the first transporter? How did we get from heat-seeking missiles to photon torpedoes, from grappling hooks to tractor beams? We take a look at the technology of Archer’s time and how the design decisions of the show’s creators were accepted—or rejected—by Star Trek fans.

Direct download: wf-026.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 8:00pm MST