For better or worse, Degra was first and foremost a Patriot.
In continuing Degra’s character exploration from Warp Five Episode 42, it is apparent that his character arc has even more complexity still left to explore. The Season 3 Xindi arc from September 2003 to May 2004 emulated the U.S. national zeitgeist, post-911, with issues of torture, weapons of mass destruction, and moral compromise at the heart. But without Degra's redemption and the overall resolution of the conflict which hinged upon reconciliation, the story would have been significantly darker and fundamentally not in the best traditions of Star Trek.
Conceptually, the initial inspiration for the character of Degra was J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the fathers of the atomic bomb. Brannon Braga explained in Star Trek Magazine #117, p. 62, "We knew we wanted to create an Oppenheimer-like character who was the mastermind behind building the bomb, who was very committed to his species but wracked with guilt, just like Oppenheimer." So please join us for a deeply philosophical discussion about Degra and how he faced his own morality which ultimately led to his redemption.
Running Time: 1 hour 18 minutes 40 seconds
Jeffrey Harlan & Tommy Kraft
Norman C. Lao, Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing
Floyd Dorsey and Mike Morrison
Intro and Welcome Boomers! (00:01:23)
Revisiting Degra from Warp Five 42 (00:02:18)
Reflecting the American National Zeitgeist Post-911 (00:08:45)
Was Degra’s Plan Overly-Complicated? (00:14:55)
Xindi Religious Fundamentalism or Extremism? (00:21:18)
The Strategy of Stratagem (00:25:15)
Do the Ends Justify the Degra? (00:31:33)
The Romulan War Degra-ssion (00:38:36)
Degra’s Debatable Demise (00:53:37)
Degra’s Significance to Enterprise (00:59:08)
Closing and Thanks For Listening (01:07:30)
Send us your feedback!
Support the Network!
Become a Trek.fm Patron on Patreon and help us keep our shows coming to you every week. We have great perks for you at http://patreon.com/trekfm
Audible is the premiere source for audiobooks with more than 150,000 titles to choose from, and new titles coming every week. From classics to current bestsellers, and even some of the most famous Star Trek books like Prime Directive, Federation, and Spock’s World, Audible has something for everyone.
As a Trek.fm listener you can get a free audiobook of your choice along with a 30-day trial to see just how great Audible is. So give it a try today, catch up on all those classic Star Trek books you’ve yet to read or that latest novel from you favorite author and support the network and our programming at the same time!