Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast (rewrites)
91: Putting Archer in a Necktie

Warp Five Writer‘s Room 2.

What if Star Trek: Enterprise hadn‘t ended after four seasons? What if season four had finished on a cliffhanger instead of with ”These Are the Voyages”? What if that cliffhanger had shown Captain Jonathan Archer facing the fallout from a crucial decision we thought had been forgotten?

In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Floyd Dorsey and Jeffrey Harlan are joined by Continuing Mission host Dennis Castello to hear his pitch for an alternate finale to season four, how that finale could have changed the course of the series, and how it would set up a very interesting beginning to season five.

Intro (00:00:00)
Teaser and Part 1 (00:04:40)
Part 2 (00:13:09)
Horatio Hornblower (00:23:17)
Honor Harrington (00:28:35)
Busting Archer Out (00:31:16)
Side Stories (00:37:03)
Conclusions (00:42:07)
Closing and Feedback (00:46:37)

Floyd Dorsey and Jeffrey Harlan

Dennis Castello

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-091.mp3
Category:Rewrites -- posted at: 1:22am MDT

Warp Five 47: A Horror Story Gone Wrong

Extinction Rewrite.

As much as we love Star Trek, not all episodes can be winners. Every series has a few stories that leave you wanting more. Often there's a great setup that goes unexplored, leaving you with thoughts of how it could have played out. That's when you rewrite. Enterprise fumbled on the third play of a long drive to find the Xindi superweapon in an episode called "Extinction." Director LeVar Burton has said he is embarassed to have been part of it, and exective producer Brannon Braga said it's the single most embarassing moment of his Star Trek career. But is the episode really that bad?

In this episode of Warp Five we're joined by Tyler Johnson to explore the seeds of a good story that can be found in this episode about a society that engineered a mutagenic virus as a last-ditch effort to preserve their civilization. We share what we like about the episode, what we dislike, and what we would do differently if we were sitting at the writers' table—and we do it all while enjoying a juicy Georgia peach.



Worst Episode Ever? (2:37)

Episode Synopsis (7:01)

What We Like About Extinction (12:26)

What We Dislike About Extinction (16:22)

Chris's Rewrite (21:07)

Tyler's Rewrite (29:02)

Final Thoughts (39:16)

Closing (42:29)

Direct download: wf-047.mp3
Category:Rewrites -- posted at: 8:59am MDT