Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast

The Tholians With James Swallow. 
  
Star Trek has created many species in over 50 years of lore, but one of the most beloved and mysterious of them all has been the Tholians. Originally seen in the original series episode "The Tholian Web," this mysterious species was simply shown as a flicker of colors and angular shapes with an aggressive attitude and shrill voice. The Tholians have been mentioned a handful of times and only seen in three episodes, however this has caused them to capture our imaginations and fuel fan speculaton as to their origins and physical appearance.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Patrick Devlin and Brandon Shea-Mutala talk with New York Times best-selling author James Swallow about the Tholians. We discuss the Tholian Web, traits of the species, their description in the Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual, their government, other mentions, and a bit of their mentions in the extended literary universe.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Initial Thoughts (00:02:25) 
The Tholian Web (00:05:54) 
Traits (00:11:22) 
The Medical Manual (00:23:10)
Mentions (00:25:22)
Government (00:28:50)
Expanded Universe (00:31:35)
Final Thoughts (00:48:20)
Closing (00:51:46)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala and Patrick Devlin
 
Guest
James Swallow
 
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-187.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

NX-01 Movie Night: Son of Frankenstein.
 
Friendship and fellowship is important for people's general health and well-being. All of the Star Trek series have shown some sort of interaction between the members of its crew on screen in varying ways. The Next Generation had poker, Deep Space Nine had Vic's lounge, Voyager had Sandrine's and the resort program, and Enterprise had movie night. Since the invention of home video releases of films, many fans of movies have participated in an event know as "Movie Night!" People gather together in a group, watch a movie, and then discuss the film in a casual conversation. Sometimes they even go out for a slice of pie while they discuss. 

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala and Patrick Devlin discuss the second sequel to the 1931 film Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff from 1939, Son of Frankenstein. We also discuss fan shade, PPE, Lugosi, and capital punishment.

 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:31) 
Feedback (00:02:35) 
Coming Up on Movie Night (00:05:58) 
Son of Frankenstein (00:08:28) 
Final Thoughts (00:32:34) 
Closing (00:40:58)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala and Patrick Devlin
 
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-186.mp3
Category:Movie Night -- posted at: 12:51pm MDT

Season Four Retrospective Part 5. 
  
An overarching theme for season four of Star Trek: Enterprise was the planting of the seeds of the Federation. The 22nd century showed us a quadrant of space in turmoil, with alien races at each others throats, and humanity portrayed as the pillar of reason and diplomacy in the foundation of both Starfleet and the Federation. We also see Archer grow into the future leader he was destined to be.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Patrick Devlin and Brandon-Shea Mutala continue their season four retrospective, looking at the episodes "Babel One," "United," and "The Aenar." We discuss Trip and T'Pol, cheating, Romulans, and much more.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome Boomers (00:01:28) 
Babel One (00:04:58) 
United (00:23:37) 
The Aenar (00:32:10) 
Final Thoughts (00:57:21)
Closing (00:57:57)
 
Hosts
Patrick Devlin and Brandon-Shea Mutala

 
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-185.mp3
Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

Say Something Nice: Season One. 
  
Every Star Trek series has episodes that are beloved, and thus, they are frequent topics of discussion with fans. Contrariwise, the episodes that end up on the bottom of lists for rankings often get forgotten or skipped. However, the fans that hosts this podcast believe that there is always something to enjoy in every episode of Star Trek. Too often we tend to dwell on the negative aspects of these episodes. In a new series of podcasts, we go back to season one and say something nice about three episodes we did not especially like. 


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Patrick Devlin and Brandon-Shea Mutala take a look back at season one of Enterprise and find something nice to say about episodes that aren't necessarily fan favorites, or episodes that they enjoy to watch. We discuss pregnancies, vacations, and away teams. Also, we have a special announcement from Brandi Jackola.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:28) 
Announcement (00:02:10) 
Say Something Nice (00:05:20) 
First Choice (00:06:42) 
Second Choice (00:09:35) 
Third Choice (00:13:33) 
Closing (00:21:56)
 
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) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-184.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23pm MDT

Comparing "Identity Crisis" and "Extinction." 
  
You can call it an homage, call it inspired by, or even call it a coincidence, but, after more than 750 episodes of Star Trek, every once in a while you come across a story that seems vaguely familiar to you. Star Trek fans love to compare and contrast these stories to determine which was done better.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Patrick Devlin and Brandi Jackola pit the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Identity Crisis" against Star Trek: Enterprise's "Extinction". We discuss transmission of viruses, primal vs. intelligent, LeVar Burton, bloodthirsty hunting parties, point of view, and the theme of lifeforms taking over other lifeforms.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome Boomers (00:01:30) 
"Identity Crisis" (00:10:09) 
"Extinction" (00:24:46) 
Comparing the episodes (00:35:34) 
Final Thoughts (00:51:41)
Closing (00:53:41)
 
Hosts
Patrick Devlin
Brandi Jackola
 
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-183.mp3
Category:Episode Comparison -- posted at: 7:51pm MDT

Enterprise Video Game.
  
The first official Star Trek game hearkens back to 1967, with a board game based on the original series. Since then, there have been various board games, card games, tabletop wargames, and role playing games. The first Star Trek video game was a text-based adventure written in BASIC, and released in 1971. There have been various others, both for PC and console, but never has there been a game specifically for Star Trek: Enterprise.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Patrick Devlin and Brandi Jackola build an Enterprise video game. We discuss current gen vs. 8-bit, where the game begins, what characters can be played, cutscenes, side quests, and downloadable content.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome Boomers (00:01:31) 
Enterprise Video Game (00:04:05) 
Xindi Attack (00:08:29) 
Playable Characters (00:10:25)
Locked and Unlocked Events (00:16:36)
Tutorial Mission (00:19:54)
Role Playing Games (00:24:12)
Side Quests (00:27:14)
How Characters Progress (00:28:14)
The Mines and Terllium D (00:31:19)
Random Encounters (00:33:35)
Scientist and DLC (00:37:05)
Patrick is Vindictive (00:42:14)
Downloadable Content (00:46:41)
Final Thoughts (00:48:42)
Closing (00:54:10)
 
Hosts
Patrick Devlin and Brandi Jackola
 
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-182.mp3
Category:Writers' Room -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

First Time Enterprise Viewer: Season One.
 
Most Star Trek fans have watched the episodes multiple times, and after more than fifty years of broadcasting, we are surprised when we meet someone that hasn't watched some of the episodes, or even hasn't watched any episodes in a series at all. Kerry Purvis has been a Star Trek fan since she was a small child, but somehow she passed over Enterprise during its first run, and has only recently begun her first watch of the show.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala, Patrick Devlin, and Brandi Jackola are joined by first-time podcaster Kerry Purvis to talk about her experience watching season one of Enterprise for the first time. We discuss Kerry's Star Trek history, initial first impressions, favorite character, portrayal of the Vulcans, a Quantum Leap reunion, spoilers, and her hopes for the rest of the series.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:47) 
Welcome, Kerry! (00:03:25) 
What Did You Know and First Impressions (00:06:34) 
Surprises and Favorite Moments (00:08:40) 
Ferengi (00:14:56) 
"Unexpected" (00:19:37) 
The KerrBear Countdown (00:20:54) 
Looking Forward (00:26:45) 
Wrapping Up and More Moments (00:31:00) 
Finding Kerry (00:38:05) 
Closing (00:40:58)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala, Brandi Jackola, and Patrick Devlin
 
Guest
Kerry Purvis
 
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-181.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:56am MDT

Enterprise Recast.
 
It seems that reboots and revivals are still on the rise, even in connection with shows that were airing in the early 2000s. Charmed, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and Roswell, New Mexico are examples of such shows that have been remade with completely new actors cast in the roles, even though it seems not that long ago that the original versions of these shows were airing. And of course, we here at Warp Five began thinking about what it might look like if we recast Enterprise with current day actors.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Patrick Devlin and Brandi Jackola share their top picks for the seven main characters' recast. We discuss gender swaps, Starfleet hair regulations, the correct pronunciation of katana, getting Doctor Doom right, chameleons, Cody Rhodes, and how it's not necessary to have Trek knowledge in order to be a good Trek actor.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers (00:01:29) 
Recast (00:07:25) 
Travis Mayweather (00:09:04) 
Hoshi Sato (00:13:06) 
Malcolm Reed (00:16:18)
Phlox (00:20:34)
Charles "Trip" Tucker III (00:23:55)
T'Pol (00:27:22)
Jonathan Archer (00:31:32)
Final Thoughts (00:36:07)
Closing (00:38:09)
 
Hosts
Patrick Devlin and Brandi Jackola
 
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-180.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 1:53am MDT

Section 31.
 
Section 31 was introduced in the sixth season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine just when the war seemed to be reaching a tipping point for the Federation. Labelled as an illegal group that worked outside of Starfleet and was accountable to no one, many fans latched on to this story element, and it quickly became a favorite of many. This organization would continue to crop up in the series, and was even recently announced to have their own upcoming series on CBS All Access.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala and Patrick Devlin are joined by New York Times bestselling author David Mack to discuss Section 31. We talk about their origins, how they changed in the Kelvin timeline, badges, and common misconceptions fans have on the organization. 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:31) 
Divisive Aspect (00:02:40) 
Initial Reactions (00:06:58) 
Questionable Decisions (00:10:10) 
Overused? (00:16:30) 
Section 31 in Star Trek: Enterprise (00:24:27) 
Are They Justified? (00:31:55) 
Final Thoughts (00:39:42) 
Finding David (00:42:00) 
Closing (00:45:00)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala and Patrick Devlin
 
Guest
David Mack
 
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-179.mp3
Category:Broad Series Discussion -- posted at: 9:27pm MDT

Writing a "Boomer" Episode.
 
Most Star Trek: Enterprise fans agree that Travis Mayweather was never fully utilized, and the idea of what it meant to be a "Boomer" was never explored to its full potential. There are many fan stories that have been written about Mayweather's ship and family, but now the official Warp Five version can finally be told!

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Patrick Devlin and Brandi Jackola write a season five episode addressing Boomers, Terra Prime, Planet North Star, and true Star Trek messages.

 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome Boomers (00:01:29) 
Looking at Boomers (00:10:10) 
Tera Prime Movement (00:13:03) 
Risa After Worf (00:17:16)
Planet North Star (00:23:41)
Enterprise Breaks Down (00:25:09)
The Second Ship (00:28:13)
A Story Revision (00:39:53)
Captain Sean McDoogal (00:42:19)
Landing at Planet North Star (00:45:58)
The Roundup (00:47:59)
Closing (00:56:19)
 

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) Jim McMahon (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: wf-178.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:19pm MDT

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