Innocence.  

Tuvok may be known for his Vulcan stoicism, but his Vulcan parenting skills are second to none. When Tuvok's shuttle crashes on one of the moons of Drayan Two, he's forced to care for three children who, unbeknownst to him, are actually elderly Drayans aging in reverse.  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson and Zachary Fruhling discuss the second-season Voyager episode "Innocence," in which we see a kinder, gentler Tuvok keeping the monsters away and singing the children to sleep with a Vulcan lullaby. Suzanne and Zachary also discuss reverse-aging as a metaphor for senility in old age and the fear of death, along with Chakotay's diplomacy learning curve.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Uncle Tuvok's Storytime Hour (00:01:55) 
Mind Meld?! (00:06:41) 
Old and Busted Version (00:15:59) 
A Simpler Way of Life (00:21:17) 
Is Death Something to Fear? (00:25:32) 
Propositioning an Ambassador (00:33:48) 
Closing (00:35:53)  

Hosts 
Suzanne Williamson and Zachary Fruhling  

Production 
Suzanne Williamson (Editor) Zachary Fruhling (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Bruce Lish (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Associate Producer) Patrick Carlin (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: ttj-254.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

Characters We Wanted More Of.  

Star Trek: Voyager had no shortage of one-off characters that made a lasting impression on us, so much so that we wish that they had joined the Voyager crew, or at least that they would have become recurring characters. In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Suzanne Williamson discuss one-off characters they wanted to see more of on Star Trek: Voyager.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Doing Klingon Stuff (00:02:45) 
Harry Squared (00:08:45) 
Co-X.O. or Ambassador? (00:15:45) 
Secret Agent Libby (00:25:51) 
You Don't Start Off Naked (00:32:38) 
Filling in on Tom's Days Off (00:35:54) 
You Have to Really Want This (00:38:34) 
Does She Really Count? (00:39:51) 
The Cutest Couple on Voyager (00:40:41) 
Like Your Friend's Annoying Best Friend (00:44:12) 
I Had Her on My List and Scratched Her Off (00:47:17) 
That's a lot of Enthusiasm (00:49:07) 
Closing (00:50:20)  

Hosts 
Zachary Fruhling and Suzanne Williamson  

Production 
Suzanne Williamson (Editor) Zachary Fruhling (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Bruce Lish (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Associate Producer) Patrick Carlin (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: ttj-253.mp3
Category:Lists -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Nothing Human.  

The real Crell Moset may have been a 24th-century Cardassian Dr. Mengele, but his holographic representation was always such a nice guy in the fifth-season Voyagerepisode "Nothing Human." In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson and Zachary Fruhling discuss the pros and cons of using Crell Moset's morally questionable medical research, and the possibly tainted medical knowledge it produced, to save the life of B'Elanna Torres against her own wishes.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
It's a Great Episode for Meta Treks (00:01:56) 
Everyone Has a Relative Like That (00:06:06) 
It's a Plot Device (00:09:26) 
There Has to be a Line Drawn in the Sand (00:14:02) 
I Need Holographic Help! (00:20:54) 
I'd Snuggle That (00:25:12) 
Who's Your Second Best? (00:28:22) 
Closing (00:34:55)  

Hosts 
Suzanne Williamson and Zachary Fruhling  

Production 
Suzanne Williamson (Editor) Zachary Fruhling (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Bruce Lish (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Associate Producer) Patrick Carlin (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: ttj-252.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

"False Profits" Commentary.  

Ferengi in the Delta Quadrant? We thought we'd seen the last of the scheming Ferengi pair Arridor and Kol when they were stranded on the other side of the unstable Barzan Wormhole in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Price." Little did we know at the time that we would get a sequel to "The Price" in the form of the third-season Voyagerepisode, "False Profits." Unsurprisingly, with the help of a salvaged replicator, Arridor and Kol have co-opted the local mythology and cornered the market on lobe-shaped costume jewelry on a pre-warp planet in the Delta Quadrant.  


In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Suzanne Williamson bend the Prime Directive in an audio commentary on "False Profits."  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Commentary (00:03:40) 
Closing (00:49:23)  

Hosts 
Zachary Fruhling and Suzanne Williamson  

Production 
Suzanne Williamson (Editor) Zachary Fruhling (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Bruce Lish (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Associate Producer) Patrick Carlin (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: ttj-251.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Top Harry Kim Moments.  

When stranded in the Delta Quadrant it's important to have a spirit of youthful optimism. In Star Trek: Voyager, this youthful optimism is provided by none other than Ensign Harry Kim. Brimming with excitement for his first deep space assignment, Ensign Kim is practically the poster figure for the ideal Starfleet officer. But along Voyager's sever-year journey home, we see Ensign Kim learn to stand up for himself and even break a rule or two from time to time. And while Ensign Kim doesn't often get to be in the limelight, he does get to take the center seat (well, on the night shift at least, twice a week). In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson and Zachary Fruhling compare their picks for the top Harry Kim moments in Star Trek: Voyager.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Meh (00:02:43) 
I Want to See a Soliloquy (00:04:38) 
That's a Gigantic Dining Room (00:07:49) 
It's All Hormones (00:13:31) 
Syndication, Baby! (00:18:07) 
Non-Memorable Death Scenes (00:22:31) 
Not a Harry Hater (00:28:02) 
Closing (00:32:34)  

Hosts 
Suzanne Williamson and Zachary Fruhling  

Production 
Suzanne Williamson (Editor) Zachary Fruhling (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Bruce Lish (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Associate Producer) Patrick Carlin (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: ttj-250.mp3
Category:Lists -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Desert Island Episodes - Voyager Season 5.  

Season 5 of Star Trek: Voyager is regarded by many fans to be one of the strongest seasons of Voyager's entire run, from the ongoing exploration of new aspects of Seven of Nine's humanity to Voyager's 100th episode, "Timeless." In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Suzanne Williamson continue their "Desert Island" series, comparing their choices for the top three episodes from season 5 to take with them to a desert island, forever abandoning all other episodes from season 5.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
It Is a Strange Pick (00:04:16) 
I Can't Stand That Episode! (00:07:51) 
The Shipperiest Episode (00:12:14) 
No Clarinets Allowed (00:14:44) 
All About the Boothby (00:22:29) 
All Hail the Queen (00:27:19) 
How to be Stern but Charming (00:32:03) 
Existential Anxiety (00:33:23) 
To The Journey Scavenger Hunt (00:36:13) 
The Return of the Bun of Steel (00:38:54) 
Here Begins a New Life (00:39:34) 
Closing (00:41:39)  

Hosts 
Zachary Fruhling and Suzanne Williamson  

Production 
Suzanne Williamson (Editor) Zachary Fruhling (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Bruce Lish (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Associate Producer) Patrick Carlin (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: ttj-249.mp3
Category:Lists -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

"Muse" Commentary.  

The Voyager story has always been epic in scope, with its 70-year journey home being reminiscent of Odysseus's ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the fall of Troy in the ancient Greek epic poem, The Odyssey. With this epic scope of the Voyager story, it's no accident that Kelis, a poet and playwright from an alien society reminiscent of ancient Greece, finds creative inspiration in the mission logs from the wreckage of the Delta Flyerin the sixth-season Voyager episode "Muse."  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson and Zachary Fruhling give an audio commentary on "Muse" and explore whether the Voyager story, or perhaps Star Trekin general, really has the power to end wars and create peace through drama as inspiration and cathartic release.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Commentary (00:04:07) 
Denouement (00:47:19) 
Closing (00:52:29)  

Hosts 
Suzanne Williamson and Zachary Fruhling  

Production 
Suzanne Williamson (Editor) Zachary Fruhling (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Bruce Lish (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Associate Producer) Patrick Carlin (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: ttj-248.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Doomed Voyager Relationships - Part 2.  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Suzanne Williamson continue their two-part discussion on doomed relationships in Star Trek: Voyager. In Part 2, Zachary and Suzanne explore the failed relationship attempts of B'Elanna Torres, Seven of Nine, Commander Chakotay, and Captain Janeway, from B'Elanna's old academy flame on the U.S.S. Equinox (who still wants his sweater back) to Captain Janeway's oddly specific holographic facial hair requirements.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
The Man in Black (00:02:43) 
He Went All Pon Farr (00:05:33) 
Lobster Has a Mind of its Own (00:11:05) 
Hey There Seven (00:14:16) 
Taxonomic Nomenclature (00:18:06) 
She Just Used Him for His DNA (00:21:24) 
Boothby Is In (00:25:37) 
She's Gonna go to Jail for This, Or Worse (00:30:28) 
Akoochimoya Cafe (00:33:14) 
Dear Janeway Letter (00:36:40) 
No Bathtub, Therefore Not a Good Match (00:39:19) 
This Is Jeff Foxworthy (00:43:25) 
He Has a Twinkle in His Eye (00:45:28) 
Q Means Well (00:48:26) 
Hashtag ReadTheBooks (00:52:20) 
Closing (00:56:03)  

Hosts 
Zachary Fruhling and Suzanne Williamson  

Production 
Suzanne Williamson (Editor) Zachary Fruhling (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Bruce Lish (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Associate Producer) Patrick Carlin (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: ttj-247.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Doomed Voyager Relationships - Part 1.  

The relationship between B'Elanna Torres and Tom Paris is perhaps the only successful long-term relationship in all of Star Trek: Voyager. Far more numerous are the many failed relationship attempts, sometimes between members of the Voyager crew themselves, but more often between a member of the Voyager crew and a member of an alien species or (surprisingly often) a hologram.  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson and Zachary Fruhling have part one of their two-part discussion on doomed relationships in Star Trek: Voyager. From Harry Kim's notorious string of bad luck (sometimes while forgetting to file the proper paperwork!) to The Doctor's doomed relationship prospects, both organic and holographic, find out whether Suzanne and Zachary retain their shipper optimism in their exploration of doomed Voyager relationships.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Ensign Lonelyhearts (00:02:19) 
Kal-Toh 2000 (00:09:27) 
Alternate Universe Genealogy (00:13:06) 
It Sounds Like a Neil Diamond Song (00:18:12) 
Pretty Boy, Baby Face (00:21:05) 
Nanu Nanu (00:24:45) 
Freya Reset Button (00:30:42) 
No Air Quotes Needed (00:36:53) 
Closing (00:41:03)  

Hosts 
Suzanne Williamson and Zachary Fruhling  

Production 
Suzanne Williamson (Editor) Zachary Fruhling (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Bruce Lish (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Associate Producer) Patrick Carlin (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: ttj-246.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Virtuoso.  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Suzanne Williamson discuss the sixth-season Voyager episode "Virtuoso." From The Doctor's existential crisis and newfound musical fame with the Qomar Planetary Alliance to the diversity of musical styles in the 24th century, Zachary and Suzanne discuss the fleeting nature of celebrity and the pitfalls of letting it go to one's holographic head. Plus, we give a comparative analysis of Klingon classic rock and smooth-jazz elevator/turbolift music from Harry Kim and the Kimtones.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
24th Century Funko POP (00:06:12) 
Literally Jump Ship (00:11:46) 
The Bearded Doctor Lady (00:16:05) 
Sonic Regeneration Alcove (00:20:58) 
While Tuvok Was Sleeping (00:27:48) 
Classic Klingon Rock (00:30:27) 
Smooth Jazz Elevator Music (00:35:55) 
CMO Tom Paris (00:40:45) 
Closing (00:43:14)  

Hosts 
Zachary Fruhling and Suzanne Williamson  

Production 
Suzanne Williamson (Editor) Zachary Fruhling (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Bruce Lish (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Associate Producer) Patrick Carlin (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: ttj-245.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 3:00am MDT



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