Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast (commentaries)

"Shockwave, Part II" Commentary.
 
After nearly four months of waiting. the season two premiere of Enterprise finally answered the burning questions of the cliffhanger season one finale, except for disclosing the identity of the future man from whom Silik has been receiving instructions. Though perhaps not as well-received as "Shockwave", part two does reach a satisfying conclusion to what happens to Archer, whether the crew of the NX-01 can make their rendezvous with the Vulcan ship before they are destroyed, and the fate of the Starfleet's program of exploration.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala and Brandi Jackola present their commentary of "Shockwave, Part II". They discuss "Time Enough at Last", Random Guy, slashfic for everything, torture by Justin Bieber, whether Brandi drinks blood, Fremen Daniels, turning Soval into a four-letter word, and how Jim Moorhouse should be every Enterprise extra ever.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Welsome, Boomers! (00:01:28) 
Commentary Start (00:05:10)   
Closing (00:50:16)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala, Brandi Jackola
 
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-166.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

"Shockwave" Commentary.
 
Season One of Enterprise ended in a way no other Trek series had previously done in its first season - with a cliffhanger. In January, 2002, Rick Berman himself teased that season one's finale would "most likely" end with said cliffhanger. Many fans include "Shockwave" as part of their "essential Enterprise", as more than one running story converge in part one of this two-part episode.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala and Brandi Jackola offer their commentary on "Shockwave". They discuss matriarchal societies, Dominic Keating's best scene ever, Skullcandy earbuds, bread pudding, defeated Archer, Star Trek: Technobabble, loving Silik, Galaxy Quest Daniels, and how the possibility of time travel cannot be proven or disproven.

*Please note that Brandon's recording has some small glitches.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:29) 
Feedback (00:04:12) 
Commentary Start (00:17:07) 
Closing (01:05:19)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala, Brandi Jackola
 
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-165.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

"Horizon" Commentary.
 
Season two of Enterprise is rife with examples of the characters settling into their places in the story, and of the show becoming more comfortable with what it is and what stories the writers and producers wanted to tell. Acting upon a suggestion of Anthony Montgomery, the actor playing the part of Ensign Travis Mayweather, it was decided that an episode would be focused on Travis’s boomer roots and would feature his family. Thus, the twentieth episode of season two came into being, and though not well thought of by fans or critics after its first airing, it does hold a firm standing as the episode in which the most backstory for Mayweather is given.


In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Patrick Devlin, Brandi Jackola, and, in his triumphant return, Brandon-Shea Mutala, bring you a commentary for the season two episode, "Horizon." They discuss the sweet spot, overpowering feelings, books in the background, truck cabs, yelling at a flower, kissing Archer on the forehead, and how Paul Mayweather is Patrick’s new best friend.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:30) 
Feedback and Fan Service (00:03:38) 
Commentary Start (00:13:22) 
Wrapping Up (00:55:24) 
Closing (00:59:34)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala, Patrick Devlin, Brandi Jackola
 
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-160.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

"Extinction" Commentary.

Season three of Star Trek: Enterprise has some of the best episodes in the show's entire run. However, early in the season, while trying to follow up on leads as to the location of the Xindi home world, our intrepid crew arrives at an empty planet with a burned corpse near a broken shuttle. Though the episode was directed by Star Trek veteran LeVar Burton, sometimes even the most talented directors don't have the best material to work with.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Patrick Devlin, Brandi Jackola, and Brandon-Shea Mutala bring you a watch-along commentary for the third season episode, "Extinction." We discuss how Vulcans seem to be immune to everything, sassy teenage girls, eggs full of worms, and we even find some positive things to say. We also accidentally invent a new hand sign for all the Vulcan bros out there. 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:28) 
Feedback (00:02:48) 
Commentary Start (00:11:52)   
Final Thoughts (00:54:37) 
Closing (00:58:55)
 
Hosts
Patrick Devlin, Brandi Jackola, 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) Joe Saltzman (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Short Description
"Extinction" Commentary. We bring you a watch-along commentary for the third season episode, "Extinction." We discuss how Vulcans seem to be immune to everything, sassy teenage girls, eggs full of worms, and we even find some positive things to say. We also accidentally invent a new hand sign for all the Vulcan bros out there.

Direct download: wf-147.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

"Bound" Commentary.
 
The Orion slave girl is an image that has been associated with Star Trek since we first saw one in the episode "The Menagerie Part II." While a sexual slave is not a politically correct type of character, the writers of Star Trek: Enterprise tried to ret-con some explanations for this alien species in the fourth season of the show. Did they succeed?

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala provide a watch along commentary for the episode "Bound" from season four of Star Trek: Enterprise. We also discuss cat-fish, listener feedback, and weather or not we feel the ret-con of the Orions worked.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:29) 
Feedback (00:05:07) 
Commentary (00:17:45) 
Final Thoughts (01:00:21) 
Closing (01:03:07)
 
Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Michael Morrison (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Mark Flessa (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: wf-121.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

"Dead Stop" Commentary.
 
One method of storytelling that the producers of Enterprise wanted to utilize was continuity throughout the episodes. Their desire was that actions in one episode would have ramifications in the next. One example was the damage that the NX-01 received during the episode "Mine Field." This begged the question: How would they repair their ship when the crew was in the middle of nowhere with no support from Starfleet?
In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd  Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala provide a watch along commentary for the second season episode "Dead Stop." We talk about Roxann Dawson as the voice of the computer on the alien station, her direction of the episode, as well as plot threads that would later be picked up in the post-finale novels.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:30) 
Commentary Start (00:06:53) 
Closing (00:51:25) 
 
Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor) 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)Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: wf-118.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 12:01am MDT

"Carbon Creek" Commentary with Dayton Ward.
 
*there are some intermittent audio issues with B-Shea's file that start at 48:11 and last for about 6 minutes.

Many episodes of each of the Star Trek series have spawned sequels and story continuations in the form of books and comics. While some are direct sequels to the episodes, some simply take characters or ideas and extrapolate further adventures for our crews. One of the most prolific Star Trek authors currently at work is Dayton Ward, having written or co-written more than 35 books and short stories in the Star Trek universe.

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala are joined by Dayton Ward to provide an audio commentary for the Enterprise second season episode "Carbon Creek," which introduced us to the character of Mestral, who would become important in three of Ward's novels.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:22) 
Commentary Start (00:10:41) 
Chatting With Dayton (00:52:54) 
Final Thoughts (01:06:18) 


Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Dayton Ward

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) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: wf-110.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

94: I Love the Sweet Spot
Broken Bow Commentary.

What is a Kling-ot? Who is Future Guy? What is the temporal cold war? In this episode of Warp Five, host Floyd Dorsey is joined by Melodic Treks host Brandon-Shea Mutala to bring you a commentary for the very first episode of Enterprise, "Broken Bow," in celebration of the show's fifteenth anniversary. Join us as we discuss steak, the color of Klingon blood, and the topographical changes to Oklahoma in the next hundred years.

Host
Floyd Dorsey

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Release Date
Friday, October 7, 2016

Duration
1 hour 42 minutes 11 seconds

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)  
Commentary Start (00:06:21)  
Final Thoughts (01:32:10)
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Floyd Dorsey (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)
Direct download: wf-094.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 4:00am MDT

92: This Episode Screams Prequel

Future Tense Commentary.

How can a ship be bigger on the inside than on the outside? Why are the Suliban and Tholians so interested in it? In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Jeffrey Harlan are joined by Melodic Treks host Brandon-Shea Mutala as we bring you a commentary for the season-two Enterprise episode "Future Tense." Join us as we discuss a lack of safety protocols on the NX-01, how Vulcans are on a different level of denial, and how this episode is a worthy example of Enterprise's potential as a prequel. Plus, find out why Brandon has a squeaky voice.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Commentary Start (00:06:43)
Final Thoughts (00:50:09)

Hosts
Floyd Dorsey and Jeffrey Harlan

Guest
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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)

Direct download: wf-092.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 1:02am MDT

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