Warp Five: A Star Trek Enterprise Podcast

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Warp Five is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated entirely to Star Trek: Enterprise. For the 20th anniversary of the series, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing are taking you back through all of Enterprise, one episode at a time. read less
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250: Popsicle Drones
27-08-2023
250: Popsicle Drones
“Regeneration” 20th-anniversary reflections A research team in the Arctic uncover mysterious cybernetic beings while examining the wreckage of an alien ship that dates back more than 100 years. Unaware of the danger, they quickly find themselves assimilated by regenerated drones from a previous attempt by the Borg to assimilate Earth and stop first contact. The Enterprise is ordered to pursue the researchers’ vessel, now under the control of the Borg, and Archer must make some difficult decisions as he quickly wakes up to the threat posed by this mysterious alien menace. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our 20th-anniversary retrospective that takes you through all of Star Trek: Enterprise, one episode at a time. In this installment, we continue Season 2 with “Regeneration” as we discuss using the Borg at a time long before they were known to Starfleet, how to do a prequel right, how the story sets up Archer and his crew for the challenges of Season 3, and more. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) An Unplanned Contingency Plan (00:02:46) Prequel Proof of Concept (00:11:06) Borg Instinct (00:15:45) Phlox’s Semi-Immunity (00:21:56) Setting Up Season 3 (00:27:49) Time (and Exploration) Is Loopy (00:33:20) Final Thoughts and Ratings (00:36:03) Closing (00:39:10) Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)
249: Linguistic Games
09-07-2023
249: Linguistic Games
“Cogenitor” 20th-anniversary reflections The Enterprise makes first contact with the Vissians, a species that has a lot in common in with humans, such as a love of exploration, a fascination with ice cream, and an interest in large tactical arrays. But they also have key differences, like a third gender that enables reproduction. Given the specialized role these cogenitors, as they are called, play in Vissian society, they have little need for niceties such as literacy. That doesn't sit well with Trip, who befriends the cogenitor of the Vissian chief engineer and his wife, Calla. When Trip teaches the cogenitor to read, it leads to them questioning—and taking—their own life. While Trip’s intentions may have been good, the outcome was not. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our 20th-anniversary retrospective that takes you through all of Star Trek: Enterprise, one episode at a time. In this installment, we continue Season 2 with “Cogenitor” as we discuss first contact, equal rights, cultural relativism, missed opportunities, and why we wish this important story had been expanded and revisited. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Moral Quandaries and Fast Friendships (00:02:49) Trip’s Dilemma (00:09:05) Restraints of the Format (00:14:40) The Dangers of Labeling (00:16:43) Archer vs. Trip (00:20:10) Does the Framework Work? (00:25:02) Equal Rights and Opportunities (00:30:12)   Final Thoughts and Ratings (00:32:22) Closing (00:35:45) Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)
247: The Other Side of Life
18-03-2023
247: The Other Side of Life
“Horizon” 20th-anniversary reflections A change of course for the Enterprise takes the ship close to the ECS Horizon, the cargo vessel on which Travis Mayweather grew up—and that means family reunion time. But it’s a sad homecoming for Travis when he learns that his father passed away, and resentment bubbles to the surface between Travis and his brother, Paul, now captain of the ship. When aliens attack, the brothers must put their differences aside to survive. Meanwhile, aboard the NX-01, T’Pol must put her fear of movie night aside as she learns to better fraternize with her crewmates. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our 20th-anniversary retrospective that takes you through all of Star Trek: Enterprise, one episode at a time. In this installment, we continue Season 2 with “Horizon” as we discuss  family dynamics, what could have been for Travis, Archer’s leadership, T’Pol's book club, and the unexpected connection between the Mayweather and Janeway families. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Cargo Runners and Family Dynamics (00:03:28) Previewing the Galaxy Class (00:10:52) Distances and Relationships (00:15:00) Archer's Found Family (00:19:39) Realistic Conflict (00:23:29) T'Pol and Movie Night (00:29:35) Frankenstein Insights (00:34:25) The Janeway-Mayweather Connection (00:37:21)   Final Thoughts and Ratings (00:38:56) Closing (00:41:49) Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)
246: Challenging the Empire
10-03-2023
246: Challenging the Empire
“Judgment” 20th-anniversary reflections Captain Jonathan Archer of the battle cruiser Enterprise stands before a Klingon magistrate to face the music for aiding and abetting fugitives from the Empire. At least that’s the Klingon side of the story. Archer, actually captain of the Earth starship Enterprise, tells a different story and attempts to prove his innocence with the help of a Klingon advocate who has become disillusioned with Klingon society and has all but given up fighting for change. Challenged by Archer as lacking honor, he takes the fight to the prosecutor and, while still losing by winning, finds a new path for himself. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our 20th-anniversary retrospective that takes you through all of Star Trek: Enterprise, one episode at a time. In this installment, we continue Season 2 with “Judgment” as we discuss how the story revisits The Undiscovered Country, works to maintain continuity, and challenges the concept of Klingon society. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Revisiting The Undiscovered Country (00:02:25) In Need of Two Parts? (00:06:53) Attention to Detail and Continuity (00:11:09) Challenging the Empire (00:16:14) Diversity of Thought Matters (00:26:41) The Fate of Kolos (00:30:00) Final Thoughts and Ratings (00:34:51) Closing (00:37:26) Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)
244: ’Tis a Scary Place
18-02-2023
244: ’Tis a Scary Place
“Canamar” 20th-anniversary reflections When the Enterprise rendezvous with Shuttlepod One to meet Captain Archer and Commander Tucker, who had been on a mission to make first contact with unknown aliens, they find the shuttle dead in space. After reviewing the logs, they believe Archer and Trip were abducted, and they begin a search with the help of the alien authorities. Meanwhile, the captain and commander fight for their lives aboard a prison vessel transporting them to a penal colony called Canamar, and Trip gets stuck next to the chatty passenger. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our 20th-anniversary retrospective that takes you through all of Star Trek: Enterprise, one episode at a time. In this installment, we continue Season 2 with “Canamar,” the frightening encounters humans have with aliens during these early days of deep space exploration, how the story came to be, and what it has to say about attempts to control people and curb crime in real world societies. We also ask if it is filler to flesh out a 26-episode season. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) The Chatty Passenger (00:02:17) Humanity’s First Tests (00:04:34) Archer’s Adaptations (00:10:52) False Imprisonment (00:16:54) Story Origins (00:21:49) Fit, Slimmer Pakleds (00:26:45)   Final Thoughts and Ratings (00:28:43) Closing (00:34:06) Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)
239: Deep-Fried Crew
08-10-2022
239: Deep-Fried Crew
“The Catwalk” 20th-anniversary reflections What looks to be an exciting field trip to a life-filled planet is cut short before it begins when the Enterprise encounters a ship carrying three aliens with an urgent request. A neutronic storm is about to sweep through the system and they’ll die if they don’t get out of the area right immediately. Or so they say. Escape means going to Warp 7, but the Enterprise tops out at Warp 5. What to do? Bunk up in the warp nacelles, of course! The shielding should be enough to keep everyone safe from the radiation for eight days, Phlox agrees. Plus, it’s a great place for a BBQ. But as mother always said, don’t leave the front door unlocked and don’t leave your starship unattended—because you never know who might come in while you’re away. The Enterprise gets surprise visitors amid a terrible storm and a race ensues to take back the ship before the crew gets fried. And it all happens in spacesuits. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our 20th-anniversary retrospective that takes you through all of Star Trek: Enterprise, one episode at a time. In this installment, we continue Season 2 with “The Catwalk” as we discuss how a bag of Star Trek tropes is reassembled into a story which only this series could tell, and how the situation brings the whole crew together for the better. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)
234: Secret Agent Pants
24-07-2022
234: Secret Agent Pants
“The Seventh” 20th-anniversary reflections. When T’Pol receives a call from the Vulcan High Command, memories of her past life as a security operative begin to resurface. She is sent on a mission to apprehend a surgically altered man named Menos, the last of six rogue operatives she was sent after 17 years earlier. Or at least she remembered there being six. Actually there were seven, and she killed Menos’s partner Jossen—a fact that is only beginning to come back to her. Just after the incident, she underwent a Vulcan procedure to purge the memory. She convinces Archer to go with her on the mission, because she needs someone with her whom she trusts, and together with him and Travis they capture Menos; but not without leaving a lot of property and emotional damage in their wake. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our 20th-anniversary retrospective that takes you through all of Star Trek: Enterprise, one episode at a time. In this installment, we continue Season 2 with “The Seventh” as we discuss what it has to say about Vulcan society, how it connects to the world 20 years after it was written, what is does for the Archer–T’Pol relationship, and more. We also point out why this often-overlooked episode is worth a careful rewatch. Hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing Production C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)