Warp Five 106: Eden Once Again / by Brandon-Shea Mutala

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.


Chapters

Intro (00:00:00)
Welcome, Boomers! (00:01:25)
"Sweet Home Chicago" (performed by Tucker Smallwood) (00:04:11)
Welcome Tucker! (00:06:15)
"Home" (00:11:33)
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)
Makeup (00:37:25)
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)


Hosts

Floyd Dorsey and Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest

Tucker Smallwood

Production

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)