Warp Five 113: Pick Up His Own Dead Body
Mike Sussman Interview.
Mike Sussman began his writing career on Star Trek with a last minute pitch of the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Meld." After several years of working for Voyager, and working closely with his friend Phyllis Strong, the two of them would take the reigns as Executive Story Editors for the new series, and later, Sussman would become a producer for that show.
In this episode of Warp Five, Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Mike Sussman to discuss his writing career on Enterprise. We also discuss working with Michael Piller on Voyager, who the dead guy was in "Future Tense," and how Mike's favorite episode from Enterprise originally began as a Janeway and Chakotay story.
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:21)
First Episode (00:02:23)
12 Monkeys (00:06:27)
TV Has Changed (00:10:47)
Phyllis Strong (00:23:50)
"Future Tense" (00:25:50)
"In A Mirror Darkly" (00:29:46)
Writing "Kir'Shara" (00:33:06)
Writing Differences and Similarities (00:44:07)
"Age of the Empress" (00:50:34)
Most Proud Of (00:52:52)
"These Are the Voyages..." (00:57:31)
Finding Mike (01:05:42)
Brandon-Shea Mutal (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Justin Oser (Associate Producer) Tim Cooper (Associate Producer) Mike Morrison (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Season 4 Retrospective Part 6. We are joined by Star Trek expert John Tenuto talk about the season four episodes "Affliction," "Divergence," and "Bound." They talk about how Trip was taken off the ship just to set up a scene, how the augment arc ties to other Star Trek, and how Trip and T'Pol's relationship calls back to Sarek and Amanda.
NX-01 Movie Night: The Exorcist. We are joined by Tom Elliot of The Twilight Zone Podcast, to discuss the film The Exorcist. We talk the good the bad and the ugly of this movie, the pacing, the imagery, and the idea of how they wanted to make a movie in which a little girl is cursing a lot.
"Similitude" Commentary. We provide an audio commentary for the fan favorite episode from season three, "Similitude." We also discuss transplants, religious interpretations, diversity, growing organs, abortion, and animal rights.
Essential Star Trek: Enterprise Season Four. We are joined by Kris Hill to analyze the final season of Star Trek: Enterprise and select the absolutely essential episodes that they feel you must watch.
T’Pol's Interaction With Humans. We are joined by Karen Chuplis to discuss T’Pol and her relationship with humans during the run of Enterprise. We also discuss how important her family is to the Star Trek universe as a whole, her relationship with Archer and Trip, and instances outside of her comfort zone.
NX-01 Movie Night: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. We talk about Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, listed 56th on the list of American Film Institute's "100 Funniest American Movies" in 2007. We discuss the fine line between comedy and horror that is very well toed in this movie. Should the movie have been named for Frankenstein?
First Time Enterprise Viewer: Season 2. We are joined by Kerry Purvis to talk about her experience watching season two of Enterprise for the first time. We discuss Kerry's initial first impressions, favorite moments, Hoshi's shirt, pon farr, Future Tense, and the lead up to season three.
Essential Star Trek: Enterprise Season 3. We are joined by Kris Hill to analyze the third season of Star Trek: Enterprise and select the absolutely essential episodes that they feel you must watch.
The Tholians With James Swallow. We talk with New York Times best-selling author James Swallow about the Tholians. We discuss the Tholian Web, traits of the species, their description in the Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual, their government, other mentions, and a bit of their mentions in the extended literary universe.
NX-01 Movie Night: Son of Frankenstein. In this episode of Warp Five, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala and Patrick Devlin discuss the second sequel to the 1931 film Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff from 1939, Son of Frankenstein. We also discuss fan shade, PPE, Lugosi, and capital punishment.
Season Four Retrospective Part 5. We continue their season four retrospective, looking at the episodes "Babel One," "United," and "The Aenar." We discuss Trip and T'Pol, cheating, Romulans, and much more.
Say Something Nice: Season One. We take a look back at season one of Enterprise and find something nice to say about episodes that aren't necessarily fan favorites, or episodes that they enjoy to watch.
Comparing Identity Crisis and Extinction. We pit the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Identity Crisis" against Star Trek: Enterprise's "Extinction". We discuss transmission of viruses, primal vs. intelligent, LeVar Burton, bloodthirsty hunting parties, point of view, and the theme of lifeforms taking over other lifeforms.
Creating an Enterprise video game. Patrick Devlin and Brandi Jackola build an Enterprise video game. We discuss current gen vs. 8-bit, where the game begins, what characters can be played, cutscenes, side quests, and downloadable content.
First Time Enterprise Viewer: Season One. We talk with guest Kerry Purvis about her first time viewing of season one of Enterprise, including her Star Trek history, initial first impressions, favorite character, portrayal of the Vulcans, a Quantum Leap reunion, spoilers, and her hopes for the rest of the series.
Enterprise Recast! We share our top picks for the seven main characters' recast. We discuss gender swaps, Starfleet hair regulations, the correct pronunciation of katana, getting Doctor Doom right, chameleons, Cody Rhodes, and how it's not necessary to have Trek knowledge in order to be a good Trek actor.
Section 31. We are joined by New York Times bestselling author David Mack to discuss Section 31. We talk about their origins, how they changed in the Kelvin timeline, badges, and common misconceptions fans have on the organization.
Writing a "Boomer" Episode. We write a season five episode addressing Boomers, Terra Prime, Planet North Star, and true Star Trek messages.
Top five Enterprise episode titles! We take inspiration from a recent episode of the TrekRanks Podcast and reveal our top five Enterprise episode titles. We also discuss double meanings, honorable mentions, exclamation points, waking dogs, jazz, and bananas in P'Jem.
J.G. Hertzler Interview. We interview J.G. Hertzler at the Albany Northeast Trek Con on the weekend of October 26th, 2018. We discuss his role as Advocate Kolos in the second season episode "Judgement," his voice work for video games, Pod Casting, his political career, and his upcoming stage production.
NX-01 Movie Night: Bride of Frankenstein. We discuss the sequel to the 1931 film Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff from 1935, Bride of Frankenstein. We also discuss Ernest, Girl Guides, and Godfather Part II.
Leslie Hoffman Interview. Brandon-Shea Mutala sits down with stunt woman Leslie Hoffman at the Northeast Trek Con to discuss her career in Hollywood, and some of her stunt work on Star Trek.
Season Four Retrospective Part 4. We examine the season four episodes "Daedalus" and "Observer Effect". We talk about foreshadowing, head canon, T'Pol's journey, chess, the uniqueness of humans, needle violence, trickle-down effects, and how Brandi's really good at knocking what they say down to things people can understand.
In this episode of Warp Five, we present the Podcastng 101 Panel from the Northeast Trek con. Ken Tripp moderates Brandon-Shea Mutala, Bill Smith and Dan Davidson of the Trek Geeks podcast, and Sue Kisenwether of Women at Warp.
Looking Back. We reminisce about our nine months of podcasting together. We discuss fear of falling, Brandi's nightmare Melodic Treks episode, Storm Fart, getting back into movie episodes, favorite podcast titles, Enterprise dads, their great guests, what short shrift actually means, and where we want to go from here.
"These Are the Voyages..." Rewrite Part 2. We are joined by Bruce Gibson from Literary Treks, in an attempt to finish their rewrite for "These Are the Voyages...". They discuss Spock on the "D," the Battle of Bajor, The Guardians of the Galaxy, and weather or not this is the greatest episode of Star Trek ever!
"These Are the Voyages..." Rewrite. We are joined by Bruce Gibson from Literary Treks to rewrite "These Are the Voyages...". We discuss losing the holodeck angle, prolonging the Romulan War, opposite Future Guy, the other Star Trek captains, and the Guardian of Forever.
Alternate Crew. We reveal their other series picks for the NX-01 bridge crew. They discuss death glares, Captain Lorca's tribble, fitting in with season three, Voyagerprise, THE WOMEN!, engineering vs. science, and how with a different captain, movie night might turn into karaoke night.
Writers' Room. We write a season five episode addressing the fate of the deposed Vulcan High Council Leader V'Las. They discuss secret missions, undercover agents, Chaltok 4, the return of the Romulan drone, Chekov's Klingons, and how Shran determines that good torture was wasted on the wrong Vulcan.
"Shockwave, Part II" Commentary. We present a commentary for "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.