Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast
Warp Five 74: Re-Deconstructing Degra

For better or worse, Degra was first and foremost a Patriot.

In continuing Degra’s character exploration from Warp Five Episode 42, it is apparent that his character arc has even more complexity still left to explore. The Season 3 Xindi arc from September 2003 to May 2004 emulated the U.S. national zeitgeist, post-911, with issues of torture, weapons of mass destruction, and moral compromise at the heart. But without Degra's redemption and the overall resolution of the conflict which hinged upon reconciliation, the story would have been significantly darker and fundamentally not in the best traditions of Star Trek.

 

Conceptually, the initial inspiration for the character of Degra was J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the fathers of the atomic bomb. Brannon Braga explained in Star Trek Magazine #117, p. 62, "We knew we wanted to create an Oppenheimer-like character who was the mastermind behind building the bomb, who was very committed to his species but wracked with guilt, just like Oppenheimer." So please join us for a deeply philosophical discussion about Degra and how he faced his own morality which ultimately led to his redemption.

 

Host

Will Nguyen

 

Guests

Jeffrey Harlan & Tommy Kraft

 

Editor
Matthew Rushing

 

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers
Floyd Dorsey and Mike Morrison

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Intro and Welcome Boomers! (00:01:23)

Revisiting Degra from Warp Five 42 (00:02:18)

Reflecting the American National Zeitgeist Post-911 (00:08:45)

Was Degra’s Plan Overly-Complicated? (00:14:55)

Xindi Religious Fundamentalism or Extremism? (00:21:18)

The Strategy of Stratagem (00:25:15)

Do the Ends Justify the Degra? (00:31:33)

The Romulan War Degra-ssion (00:38:36)

Degra-demption (00:42:09)

Degra’s Debatable Demise (00:53:37)

Degra’s Significance to Enterprise (00:59:08)

 

Closing and Thanks For Listening (01:07:30)

 

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Direct download: wf-074.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:00am MST