Warp Five 57: The Class of 2151 / by Trek fm

22nd-Century Starfleet Officers and Training.

As Star Trek fans, we're all familiar with Starfleet. But the organization we know from the 23rd and 24th centuries is much more that of a spacefaring civilization than the one we see on Enterprise. When fans watch Enterprise for the first time, they are often surprised that some of the officers aboard the NX-01 are uncomfortable in space. Hoshi Sato freaks out because of the direction the stars pass her window. Archer stumbles on his own words when introducing himself to aliens. These aren’t the Starfleet officers we’re accustomed to. But is it fair to expect them to be?

In this episode of Warp Five we’re joined by Norman Lao to discuss the world of the 22nd century, the early years of Starfleet Academy, and what the curriculum might have been like in those days compared to the eras of Kirk and Picard. What would be expected of Starfleet officers in 2151? How would real people of the time react when faced with things that no human had seen before? And how long did it take Starfleet to get its branding right?

Running Time: 1 hour 7 minutes 40 seconds • More listening options…


Christopher Jones


Norman C. Lao

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao


Viewer Expectations (2:57)
Civilians and Young Officers in Space (7:19)
Early Starfleet Academy (14:31)
The Class of 2151 (22:58)
Unfair Criticism? (33:53)
Closing and Feedback (45:11)

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