Tucker Smallwood Interview.
Born in Washington, D.C. his childhood included two years in Salonica, Greece and two years as a college student in Munich, Germany. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1967 with a minor in German and a major in Speech/Television Production. Tucker began directing television for WBAL in Baltimore and in late spring of 1967, was drafted into the Army.
In 1991, he moved to Los Angeles and began his work in prime time television. After several years of guest-starring roles on dramas and sit-coms, he chanced into the universe of science fiction and enjoyed considerable success on such series as SPACE: Above and Beyond, The X-Files and Babylon 5, as well as in the films Contact and Deep Impact.
In this new millennium, he has continued to create an eclectic body of work, both in drama and comedy, including a physically challenging season as the Xindi Primate Diplomat on Star Trek: Enterprise.
In this episode of Warp Five, Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala have an inspiring conversation with Tucker Smallwood. In addition to his film and television work, we discuss how he got drafted into Vietnam, his depression afterwards, his writing, and his singing.
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25)
"Sweet Home Chicago" (performed by Tucker Smallwood) (00:04:11)
Welcome Tucker! (00:06:15)
The X-Files vs Millennium (00:14:45)
Commodore Ross (00:15:29)
Military Tropes in Film (00:18:22)
Veterans Advocacy (00:20:34)
The Return to Eden (00:25:43)
The Xindi: Deepak and Chopra (00:30:42)
A Role of Authority (00:33:47)
Plans for the Character (00:40:09)
Season Long Arc (00:41:21)
The Blues (00:42:06)
Current Projects and Finding Tucker (00:46:48)
"Mean Black Spider" (performed by Tucker Smallwood) (00:50:57)
Final Thoughts (00:53:04)
Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala
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)
Fathers of Star Trek: Enterprise. We discuss the fathers of Star Trek: Enterprise and how they were represented on screen. We also discuss Peppa Pig, advice, raising kids, emotions, and choices. We also take a moment to reflect on our own fathers, and how they have impacted our lives.
Death on the NX-01. We discuss the instances of a crew member dying during the run of Star Trek: Enterprise.
NX-01 Movie Night: Frankenstein. We are joined by Mike Schindler to discuss the 1931 film Frankenstein starring Bois Karloff. We also discuss Robocop 2, brains, hunchbacks, ears, and plot holes.
Zombies in Pop Culture and "Impluse." We are joined by author Keith R.A. DeCandido to discuss zombies and the episode "Impulse." We also discuss George Romero, the film White Zombie, Haitian Voodoo, and our favorite metaphors in zombie films.
"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.
NX-01 Movie Night: Kung Fu. We talk about the pilot to the television series Kung Fu starring Keith Carradine, as well as the first season episode "The Tide."
Season 4 With Larry Nemecek. We are joined by Star Trek expert Larry Nemececk to discuss the fourth season of Star Trek: Enterprise. We discuss the arcs, Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, the cancellation, and appearing in the final episode.
Comparing "Judgement" and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. We are joined by Zach Moore of Standard Orbit to compare and contrast the Enterprise episode "Judgement" with the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
A Conversation With Dave Rossi. We speak with Mr. Rossi on his Star Trek work and beyond. They discuss teaching Star Trek to neighborhood kids, favorite projects, continuity problems in Enterprise, and Dave's love of Superman.
Vulcans and the Path to Discovery. We are joined by special guest Nicolas Anastassiou. They discuss the similarities of the Vulcans in Enterprise and Discovery, ponder first impressions and perceptions versus fact, ruminate on whether Vulcans are without emotion, and determine if a future episode of the podcast will be The Search for Patrick.
Warp Five Role Playing Game. We are joined by Dave Jackola of the Dark Corner Podcast for an RPG adventure set in the second season of Enterprise.
Season Four Retrospective Part 1. We are joined by Dan Davidson of the Trek Geeks Podcast to talk about the first part in our season four retrospective. We talk about the episodes "Storm Front," "Storm Front, Part II," and "Home." We also discuss Nazis, dinosaurs, Edith Keeler, and "shipping."
Essential Enterprise Season 2. We analyze the second season of Enterprise and select the absolutely essential episodes that they feel you must watch.
NX-01 Movie Night: The Day the Earth Stood Still. We are joined by Mike Schindler to discuss the 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still. We also talk about Hawaii, Jesus, friendship, and the films of John Carpenter.
Writing the Borg Queen's Origin Story. We write an origin story for the Borg queen using "Regeneration" as a launching point, and trying to stuff as many Borg references from other Star Trek episodes as possible.
Evolution and The Xindi. We are joined by Michael Wong and Emily Cutts, co-hosts of the Strange New Worlds podcast to discuss evolution and the Xindi. We also discuss intelligence, the Drake equation, and bananas.
Joelle Bekhazi Interview. We speak with Joelle Bekhazi who is a member of the Women's Canadian National Water Polo team. We discuss the training involved, where she has traveled, and the most challenging game that she played.
Porthos. We discuss the loving and loyal friend to Captain Archer - Porthos, his dog.
Season Three Retrospective Part 6. We finish their season three retrospective. We discuss the episodes "E2," "The Council," "Countdown," and "Zero Hour."
"First Flight," The Right Stuff, and NASA. We are joined by NASA employee Tim Robertson to discuss the influence that space exploration has had on Star Trek. We compare the film The Right Stuff to the second season episode "First Flight."
NX-01 movie Night: The Wages of Fear. We are joined by John Mills of Stage Nine to discuss the third part of our movie night retrospective. In this episode we talk about the French film The Wages of Fear from 1953.
The New Hosts and Their Favorite Episodes. We introduce you to your new co-hosts Brandi Jackola and Patrick Devlin and talk about our favorite episode from each season.
"Damage" With Phyllis Strong. We are joined by 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.
Season Three Retrospective Part 5. We are joined by Patrick Devlin and Michael Wong for the fifth part in our season three retrospective. We discuss the episodes "Hatchery," "Azati Prime," "Damage," and "The Forgotten."
NX-01 Movie Night: Sunset Blvd. Mike Schindler and John Mills are joined by Brandon-Shea Mutala for their second NX-01 Movie Night, Sunset Blvd.
David A. Goodman Interview. We are joined by David A. Goodman, writer of four episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise, to discuss his career in television.
"Precious Cargo" and "The Perfect Mate." We are joined by Richard Marquez and Any Nelson of Early Grey to compare "Precious Cargo" to "The Perfect Mate."
Essential Enterprise Season One. We are joined by Richard Marquez of Earl Grey and Brandi Jackola of Live From the Edge to analyze the first season of Enterprise and select the absolutely essential episodes that they feel you must watch.
Season Three Retrospective Part 4. We are joined by Heather Barker and Chrissie Szilagyi for the fourth part in our season three retrospective.
Star Trek: Enterprise Trivia. We go head to head with Bill Smith and Dan Davidson, hosts of the Trek Geeks Podcast, in an all Enterprise trivia extravaganza!