Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast (episode discussions)

"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 MDT

"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 MDT

"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 MDT

"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 MDT

"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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT