To The Journey 103: Lower Prixin

Merry Prixin!

Untangle the twinkle lights and hang some tinsel from the nacelles, it's that time of year where just about everyone is engaging in festivities of some sort. Since Char and Tristan are aboard the USS Voyager, naturally they are celebrating Prixin with Janeway, Chakotay, and  the crew. In this special installment of To The Journey, they discover what Prixin is really about.

 

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Category:Special Message -- posted at: 2:18pm MDT

To The Journey 102: I Need My Pain

Trek Through the Tough Times.

All of our lives are full of ups and downs. Though our minds gravitate towards looking back at the good times, the tougher times often equally affect who we become. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan share how Voyager — and Star Trek in general — has been a constant and uplifting means of support through the more difficult periods in their lives, and how these experiences helped to shape the people they are today. Remember that when you are feeling down, Trek is always there to lend a positive presence.

If you are suffering from depression and/or other mental health conditions, you are not alone. Please seek help and get the support you need.

Depression Hotline: 1-888-771-5166

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness) Helpline:  1 -800-950-NAMI

NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) Helpline: 1-800-931-2237

 

Running Time

54 minutes 0 seconds

 

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Chapters

The Mug (00:01:00)  

Letter (00:04:00)  

Grabbing On (00:06:54)  

Choice (00:13:45)  

School (00:21:30)  

15 Going on 16 (00:27:33)  

Succeed (00:37:45)  

City (00:44:28)  

Next Week (00:52:54)  

 

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Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 12:00pm MDT

To The Journey 101: Bent Noses

Top Five Season One Moments.

There are moments so remarkable that they instantly become what we think about when we recall the episode in which they occur. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan take a look at Voyager Season One and narrow their favorite moments down to a list of five each. Even with a limited season of only 16 episodes, the task was challenging, so what made the final cut? Listen on and find out if your favorite Season One scenes or interactions made Char and Tristan's lists.

 

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Gems (00:06:14)  

Punch (00:10:34)  

Coffee (00:13:27)  

Forgiveness (00:17:34)  

Future (00:22:03)  

Deadly (00:27:41)  

Not Yet (00:31:23)  

Dual (00:34:52)  

Moral (00:38:59)  

Next Week (00:48:31)  

 

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Category:Lists -- posted at: 4:00pm MDT

To The Journey 100: Peppered Harry

Timeless Commentary. 

Throw some confetti because it's party time, To The Journey is 100 episodes old! Char and Tristan celebrate this milestone by breaking a bottle of champagne over the warp core and watching Voyager's 100th episode, "Timeless." Listen in as they ponder Robert Beltran's true hair color; Borg skeletal structure; Janeway and Chakotay's after-dinner "dessert"; who named Captain LaForge's ship, the Challenger; and so much more.

 

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Trekmas (00:01:00)

Play (00:05:14)

Cleanup (00:14:00)

Tessa (00:28:30)

Put It In (00:040:14)

Next Week (00:56:07)

Special Message (00:56:37)

 

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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT

To The Journey 99: Dissonance and Decisions

Let's Write a Story!

Char and Tristan are both smart people capable of thinking creatively on the spot. The question is, how well? Find out in this episode of To The Journey, where Char and Tristan write an episode of Star Trek: Voyager together. With no preparation prior to recording, they develop a story from start to finish in their own "Voyager writer's room." Listen on and find out who starred in the a-plot, what happened in the story, and how it turned out.

We want to know which episode title — Char's "Dissonance" or Tristan's "Decisions" — you like better. Go to trek.fm/ttj and cast your vote for your favorite, or suggest a title of your own!

 

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Happiness (00:04:33)

First Time (00:10:21)

Open Door Policy (00:14:55)

Halfway (00:21:42)

Jackson (00:26:11)

Uniform (00:33:32)

Need Me (00:40:31)

 

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Category:Writer's Room -- posted at: 6:28pm MDT

To The Journey 98: 99% Sexy Time

Remember Rewrite.

Episode quality varies greatly in Voyager's body of work, ranging from exceptional to downright pitiful. Most episodes fall somewhere in between these extremes, and they are the best candidates for a TTJ-style facelift.

In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan share their ideas for how they would bring more life to Voyager's "Remember," a Season-Three story where the romance of Romeo and Juliet collides with the genocide that occurred during World War II. We also briefly discuss Born With Teeth, Kate Mulgrew's memoir, which will be published in April 2015. The audio clip inserted in this episode is from TotallyKate.com.

 

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Teeth (2:28)

Genocide? (7:58)

I liked it (13:45)

All in the Mind (22:01)

Father Daughter (26:58)

Decent (33:17)

Closing (41:43)

 

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Category:Rewrites -- posted at: 1:45am MDT

To The Journey 97: Creepy Maternal Figure

The Borg Queen.

She is the beginning, the end, the one who is many. After she was unveiled in Star Trek: First Contact, it seemed inevitable that the Borg Queen would make an appearance on an episode, or several, of Voyager. And make an appearance she did. In this episode of To The Journey, Charlynn and Tristan dig beyond the Borg Queen's presence on Voyager and ponder her origin, discuss the elements that shaped the character, and speculate on how exactly one being controls a Collective of billions and keeps it all together.

 

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Tubes (5:43)

Black Satin (10:43)

Ripoff (15:22)

Who Knows? (22:54)

Closing (37:53)

 

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 4:00am MDT

To The Journey 96: Measure of a Hologram

Author, Author and The Measure of a Man Comparison.

With hundreds of hours of Trek under the writers' belts by the time Voyager arrived, it was no wonder that some stories brought about a feeling of deja vu. "Recycled plots" aren't necessarily a bad thing when they're given a new spin, and that's exactly what the writers did with Voyager's "Author, Author"—they took the insightful and compelling message from TNG's "The Measure of a Man" and gave it a holographic twist. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan examine these two episodes' similarities, differences, and determine if one surpasses the other.

 

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Cake (2:48)

Intimacy (9:30)

Unique (17:38)

Better (25:30)

Needed (31:31)

Closing (42:00)

 

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Category:Comparison -- posted at: 6:00am MDT

To The Journey 95: Tickle Your Ears with Magic

The Raven Commentary.

It's a bird! Check. It's a shuttlecraft! Check. It's a… Borg? Also check. When Seven of Nine find the wreckage of small science vessel she and her parents called home before being assimilated, she begins having hallucinations that seem to be calling her back to the Collective. "The Raven" began as the story of Seven's reactivation as a drone but became one that shed light on how she was assimilated in the first place.
 
In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan take you through the season-four episode as they discuss big black birds, eating lessons, and the difficult aliens-of-the-week who coveted Jake Sisko's vests so much that they adapted them into jumpsuits.
 
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Press Play (4:51)
Seven/Picard (10:31)
Pay for That (23:02)
Blu-ray (34:00)
Suit (42:10)
 
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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 5:31pm MDT

To The Journey 94: Kept the Panting

Trek Actors Directing Voyager. 

Most Trek actors gained their notoriety in pop culture from their roles on their respective series. However, for some, their involvement in Star Trek didn't end in front of the camera. Several Trek actors from TNG, DS9 and VOY went to "Trek Directing School," did their homework, and eventually made their directorial debut on a Star Trek TV series. For Jonathan Frakes, Robert Duncan McNeill, LeVar Burton, and Roxann Dawson, this experience paved the way for directing careers after Trek. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan talk about the Trek actors who directed episodes of Voyager.

 
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Happy Halloween (2:05)
The Beard (11:30)
Flyboy (20:29)
Stretch (25:45)
Extra (29:34)
Next Week (40:14)
 
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Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

To The Journey 93: Channeling the Mulgrew

Ultimate Season Seven Marathon.

When Voyager entered its seventh season, it was accepted that it would be the show's last. With both TNG and DS9 setting the precedent for a seven season run, Voyager naturally followed suit. The season was fraught, however, with ups and downs — in part due to several years and hundreds of episodes of Star Trek that had aired by this time. Then there was also the specter of Enterprise already on the horizon. In the end, season seven as a whole felt weaker in comparison to some of its predecessors and didn't bestow the swan song that most fans were looking for.

In this last installment of To The Journey's ultimate season marathon series, Char and Tristan reveal their picks for a Voyager Season Seven marathon. As TNG said, "All good things must come to an end."

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Discrimination (9:31)
Things Change (14:27)
Trilogy (26:14)
Feel the Weight (30:03)
The Listeners are Wrong (38:50)
 
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Category:Marathons -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

To The Journey 92: BA XO

Most Memorable One-Liners.

One thing all Star Trek fans can agree on is that each show has its fair share of brilliant one-liners. Whether it's profound words coming from Spock or a snarky retort from The Doctor, every series has a variety of notable quotes. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan divulge just a few of the Voyager one-liners they consider the most enduring. In the interest of keeping the podcast at its usual length, they stopped at five apiece, but could have easily traded examples of the witty remarks all day.

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Tristan's First Pick (2:47)
Char's First Pick (5:51)
Tristan's Second Pick (7:35)
Char's Second Pick (10:23)
Tristan's Third Pick (12:20)
Char's Third Pick (13:52)
Tristan's Fourth Pick (15:06)
Char's Fourth Pick (17:10)
Tristan's Fifth Pick (19:45)
Cheating (20:52)
Char's Fifth Pick (22:02)
Honorable Mentions (23:59)
 
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Category:Lists -- posted at: 6:00am MDT

To The Journey 91: More Hot Pockets!
Cast Crossovers.
 
Characters crossing over from one Star Trek show to the next happened rarely, but it did happen—even to the point of bringing well-established characters from one show and turning them into main characters on another. For instance, both Miles O'Brien and Worf jumped from TNG to DS9 and became pivotal characters, with more depth as a result. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan contemplate who they would have brought from TNG or DS9 onto Voyager and how that change would affect the Star Trek universe at large. No matter the scenario, crossover potential is huge, so listen on as Char and Tristan explore the possibilities.
 
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Delta Rising (1:29)
Char's Pick (7:20)
Tristan's Wrong Pick (15:37)
Tristan's Right Pick (19:57)
Alternate (29:09)
 
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Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

To The Journey 90: Heartbreaking

Voyager's Saddest Moments. 

Char and Tristan enjoy talking the lighter side of Voyager; the show certainly had its fair share of witty and comedic moments. But as we know, along with the laughs, heartbreaking occasions are never too far behind. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan discuss the segments on Voyager that were among the most heart-wrenching in the series. Listen on and find out which scenes made their hearts ache, which character moments gave them an overwhelming rush of feels, and which episodes in general they thought would make even a Vulcan cry.

 

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Avoidance (2:03)

Can't Handle It (7:24)

Juxtaposition (15:33)

Tear Jerk (20:55)

Uncle Frank (27:12)

Red (33:47)

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Category:Lists -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

To The Journey 89: Amnesia Love Story

Unforgettable Rewrite.

Chakotay-centric episodes rarely make fans' lists of favorites. Whether it's the writing, story, or the performance, they just don't stand out. For Char and Tristan, the ill-designated "Unforgettable" from Season Four tends to be just the opposite of what the title implies. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan share their thoughts on how they would make "Unforgettable" a bit more indelible. Listen on and find out what they liked, what they didn't, and how they would bolster this episode so that it would live up to its title.

 

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Summary (2:19)

Beltran Liked it (6:00)

Not the Best Luck (11:01)

Anything Else (15:42)

If I Leave (20:53)

Stay (25:30)

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Category:Rewrites -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

To The Journey 88: Eddy from Boston

Real Life Commentary. 

No matter the situation, having a family comes with challenges. The Doctor finds this out when he creates a holographic family and plunges right into family life. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan watch as B'Elanna visits The Doctor's family and is sickened by its saccharine-sweet harmony. She reprograms the family's subroutines into something more "realistic," involving wretched Klingon music, crying kids, and life-ending injuries. Listen on and find out if Char and Tristan think what happens in this episode is an accurate portrayal of family life and whether or not they'd like to live in The Doctor's artsy suburban house on the Holodeck.

 

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Hit Play (2:30)

Mr. Exposition (7:02)

Jerk Move (14:40)

Focus More (22:06)

You Smell Good (30:15)

Warn Down (38:13)

Ford (43:02)

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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

To the Journey 87: Timmy Likes Phasers

Introducing Kids to Voyager.

When asking fellow fans how long they've been watching Star Trek, "I've been watching it since I was a kid" is a common response. Many of us became cognizant of Star Trek when we were quite young. The franchise means a great deal to us as we grew up with it. Now those of us with children are introducing Star Trek to our kids, in hopes of propagating the next generation of Star Trek fans. 

In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan take a suggestion from a listener and name the top five episodes of Voyager they would show to a young child, in hopes that they would be intrigued and entertained but not be subjected to content that would push the rating above PG.

 

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I Think He Likes It (3:04)

Story Time (7:15)

Maybe Boring (11:14)

Pick Me Up (15:59)

Fun for Adults (20:53)

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Category:Lists -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

To The Journey 86: Slowly Adding the Grit

Voyager in Today's TV Environment.

When Voyager premiered in 1995, it launched with the fanfare of the much-hyped United Paramount Network. Almost 20 years later, UPN is now defunct and the landscape of television production has changed drastically. Major networks must not only compete with cable, but also with streaming services, such as Netflix, that have added a new dimension of how, when, and which shows are available to the masses. 

In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan discuss how Voyager might look and feel had it never aired in 1995 and was being produced for a 2015 release instead. They ponder the differences between how a major broadcasting company might produce the show compared to a cable network like AMC. They also imagine how fans would rabidly binge-watch a new Trek show on Netflix and how this would benefit the Star Trek community at large. Listen and find out if Char and Tristan think that the success of Cosmos would help a Star Trek series return to network TV, or if Voyager would have been in better company in the sexy and violent realms of HBO and Cinemax.

 

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Broadcast (5:13)

Cable (14:31)

 

Streaming (26:49)

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Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

To The Journey 85: Pwning the Voyager

Rumored Voyager Episode Ideas.

People will say anything on the Internet. That's its beauty and its downfall. It's also why it's rarely wise to believe everything you read—because most of it probably isn't completely true. However, in this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan ignore their better instincts and discuss a list of rumored Voyager episode ideas that circulated the Internet in 1997 and 1998. Some ideas sound vaguely familiar, probably because they did eventually turn into aired episodes. For others, Char and Tristan are glad the writers dropped the notion. Still, the list includes a couple of gems that didn't make it on the show; and that's just tragic. Listen on and find out what the Voyager writers might have been considering for episodes in Seasons Three and Four.

 

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Sounds Familiar (3:48)

Blue on Blue (4:28)

Revolution (6:44)

Black Hole Sun (8:30) 

Rabbit Hole (9:54)

Just, no. (14:07)

On the Bounty (16:19)

Tight Spot (18:39)

You Have No Idea (19:17)

Circle of Trust (22:09)

P-O'd (23:48)

Her? (27:39)

Hackers (29:09)

Evil (32:05)

Direct download: ttj-085.mp3
Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 6:00am MDT

To the Journey 84: Even Nerds Can Be Fit

Voyager as the "Soundtrack to Your Life."

Star Trek fans are well known for their loyalty to the franchise, and their devotion is a part of why the shows still have life today. Many fans started watching some incarnation of Trek at a young age and will remain fans for life. Tristan and Char are no different, and in this episode of To The Journey they talk about how their teenage years were influenced by Voyager. We discuss some of our favorite memories of how Voyager came to be intertwined with their life experiences (and vice-versa) and became a part of the "soundtrack to their lives." Listen on and hear about how "Threshold" influenced Char's life (no, really), find out which episode resonates with Tristan as the point when he knew he was locked in as a Trek fan, and much more.

Direct download: ttj-084.mp3
Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 5:00am MDT

To The Journey 83: Up Against a Wall

Janeway's Worst Command Decisions.

With four pips comes enormous responsibility. This is an attribute that all of the captains in Star Trek, from James T. Kirk to Benjamin Sisko, have come to understand. The well-being of the crew and ship hangs in the balance with every decision made. Actions will affect not only the crew, but possibly impact entire civilizations—or in Captain Kathryn Janeway's case, an entire quadrant. Janeway faced this task without the help or, perhaps at times, the hindrance of Starfleet Command and the Federation. While she did perform well under pressure most of the time, she is human and therefore fallible. Did Captain Janeway accomplish the most favorable outcome for Voyager and her crew or was the Delta Quadrant truly her Kobayashi Maru?

In this episode of To The Journey, Charlynn and Tristan discuss which of Janeway's command decisions were amongst her worst or most questionable. Should she have booted Neelix from the ship at the end of "Caretaker?" Was giving the Hirogen holographic technology Janeway's only option for ending the conflict in "The Killing Game"? Listen on and find out what Char and Tristan think of these moments and more.

Direct download: ttj-083.mp3
Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

To The Journey 82: Mom Jeans

Persistence of Vision Commentary.

In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan break out the coffee ice cream and do a commentary for Season Two's "Persistence of Vision." Topics include the numerous times The Doctor got shrunk, Neelix's meal serving schedule, Chakotay's disappearance in the turbolift, the numerous angles in which we see the Bun of Steel, and, of course, Torres's "sweet dream" of making out with Chakotay and how that wasn't awkward or weird at all. They aren't sure, but this might have all been a hallucination.

Direct download: ttj-082.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

To The Journey 81: Extreme Lower Back

Ultimate Season Six Marathon.

It's a lazy Sunday afternoon. You have absolutely nothing to do, nowhere to be. How do you spend this time? Chances are, you do what Char and Tristan do, and that is watch several episodes of Star Trek. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan talk about which episodes they would pick for an ultimate Voyager Season Six marathon. Their picks aren't necessarily their favorites, nor are they in any particular order. Instead, they are selections for a superior marathon overall. Which episodes made their lists? Listen on and find out.

Direct download: ttj-081.mp3
Category:Marathons -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

To The Journey 80: Jheri Curl Crossover

Alpha Quadrant Characters/Actors.

For a ship that was stuck in the Delta Quadrant, Voyager had a decent amount of crossover with characters we knew in the Alpha Quadrant. On top of that, Star Trek often used a roster of regular guest actors for both one-off roles and recurring appearances. Some of these faces familiar to us were well-known at the time while others' careers took off after appearing on Star Trek. Some are known because they were on Star Trek! In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan discuss Alpha Quadrant actors and characters they wish would have made an appearance on Star Trek: Voyager. Which actor from Babylon 5 did Char want to see on Voyager? How would Tristan have put an X-Files actor on the show? Listen on and find out.

Direct download: ttj-080.mp3
Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

To The Journey 79: Neelix Lost his Shoes

Displaced Rewrite.

Not all Voyager episodes are winners. Some are downright ugly and others are forgettably mediocre. Season Three's "Displaced" fits the latter, and in this episode of To The Journey Charlynn and Tristan give this story a rewrite. Both agree that the episode needed better action sequences and more of them, but differ on who should save the ship. Did Char appreciate the rarely seen "Action Chakotay!" sequences and want more of them? Did Tristan find yet another way to bring the monkey from "Resolutions" into the mix? Listen on and find out what they would have done to improved "Displaced."

Direct download: ttj-079.mp3
Category:Rewrites -- posted at: 4:45am MDT

To The Journey 78: Friendship or Death

Friendships.

In the hostile Delta Quadrant, Voyager and her crew were often on their own. This isolation not only united Starfleet and Maquis crews, but it spawned several friendships and a family dynamic that thrived throughout the series. In this episode of To The Journey, Charlynn and Tristan talk about some of their favorite friendships on Voyager including why the show should have had more Janeway and Tuvok moments, why Harry ultimately became the third wheel when romance sparked between Tom and B'Elanna, The Doctor's longing for quality time with the captain, and much more. Listen on and see if Char and Tristan mention your favorite Voyager friendship.

Direct download: ttj-078.mp3
Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

To The Journey 77: Straight From the Lizard's Mouth

Threshold Commentary. 

No Star Trek show is immune from its share of "stinker" episodes, but few are of such ill-repute that the writer eventually strikes them from canon. "Threshold" is such an episode, and despite its unpopular status among the masses, Char and Tristan actually enjoy watching it. And in this episode of To The Journey they do just that as well as comment, laugh, cry, lose tongues, spawn, and more. It's like they experience the entire universe in this one episode. Listen on and find out why Char and Tristan love to love the episode that everybody loves to hate.

Direct download: ttj-077.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 5:25am MDT

To The Journey 76: Orange Is the New Harry

Character Deaths.

Starfleet officers know that they risk death every time they put on the uniform, but some seem to face it more than others. This goes double for our beloved crew in the Delta Quadrant. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan discuss the numerous and varied ways the Voyager crew died, nearly died, or wanted to die. And no, this is not all about Harry Kim, who is often regarded as Voyager's counterpart to Kenny on South Park. In fact, Char and Tristan compile a list of how many times each character died, and the results don't tally quite as expected. Who topped the list? Who died the least? Listen on and find out.

Direct download: ttj-076.mp3
Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 9:21am MDT

To The Journey 75: Film Everything Without Janeway First

Casting Voyager with Larry Nemecek.

1994 was an incredibly busy year for Star Trek. Upon the conclusion of TNG's seventh season, the cast and crew went straight into production for Star Trek Generations. On top of that and the third season of DS9, they were also starting production on Voyager. And, as many fans know, the fallout with Genevieve Bujold added uncertainty as to whether a woman would stay in the center seat, putting other character roles in jeopardy—on a production timeline that was already behind schedule. In this episode of To The Journey, Charlynn talks with guest Larry Nemecek about the crazy circumstances that surrounded the casting of Voyager. Who was a lock for their role? Who made it in at the last minute? Listen on and find out the answer to these questions and much more.

Direct download: ttj-075.mp3
Category:Casting -- posted at: 2:45am MDT

To The Journey 74: Drone Commentary

Drone Commentary. 

In 2014, where serialized storytelling is the norm on TV, sometimes a self-contained episode is refreshing. Voyager's “Drone” fits that bill with its concise beginning, middle, and end—all in 45 satisfying minutes. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan bring you a commentary for the fifth-season episode “Drone.” We discuss 29th Century Borg attire, the merits of episodic television done right, and how Jeri Ryan’s phenomenal performance episode gives us all the feels.

Direct download: ttj-074.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:30am MDT

To The Journey 73: Uncle Brother

Ultimate Season Five Marathon. 

Many fans would agree that it took a couple of seasons for each of the TNG-era Star Trek shows to hit their stride. By seasons four and five, however, the shows were hitting their peak with consistently high-quality episodes. Voyager isn't an exception to this trend, and in this week's To The Journey, Char and Tristan discuss the difficulty of choosing only five episodes for a season five marathon. With so many top-notch episodes to choose from, what was their likelihood of duplicating the same picks? How did they narrow their lists down to just five, anyway? Listen on and find out which episodes made their final cuts.

Direct download: ttj-073.mp3
Category:Marathons -- posted at: 4:12pm MDT

To The Journey 72: Sweaty Tank Top

Top Five Action Sequences.

Boom! POW! In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan pick their top five action sequences from Voyager. They rave about Janeway's Klingon combat skills in "The Killing Game," Voyager fighting in city ruins in "Dragon's Teeth," two Federation ships duking it out in "Equinox," and more.

Direct download: ttj-072.mp3
Category:Lists -- posted at: 3:55pm MDT

To The Journey 71: Have You Been Naughty?

Darkling Rewrite.

In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan rewrite Voyager's "Darkling" from Season Three. They agree that letting The Doctor "try on" new personalities is fun and describe how they would more effectively let Robert Picardo chew the scenery. They also discuss how they would rshape Kes' romance into a deeper and more meaningful B-plot.

Direct download: ttj-071.mp3
Category:Rewrites -- posted at: 8:13pm MDT

To The Journey 70: Warp Off!

Favorite Son Commentary.

In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan watch Voyager's "Favorite Son" from Season Three. They ponder the plausibility of the plot, why Harry refuses to get laid, and can't help but explore all the Freudian kinkiness this episode offers. Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a guest appearance.

Direct download: ttj-070.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

To The Journey 69: Lindsay Crouse is a Saint!

Casting Could-Have-Beens.

Finding the perfect actress to play the role of Janeway was a long and difficult process— especially after the first pick, Genevieve Bujold, quit after two days of shooting. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan talk about several people who auditioned for Janeway, as well as others who auditioned for main roles. Could you imagine the series being helmed by Lindsay Crouse, Patty Duke, or Joanna Cassidy? What about Claudia Christian as Seven of Nine? Listen on as Tristan and Char imagine the possibilities.

Direct download: ttj-069.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

To The Journey 68: Creepy Pleasure

Worst Aliens of the Week.

Seeing the parade of new aliens on Voyager was usually fun. But sometimes it's good riddance when you never see a person or alien species again. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan talk about the aliens they were glad they didn't see beyond one appearance. Char was glad she wasn't creeped out by Gath beyond "Prime Factors," and Tristan didn't miss the ungrateful Caatati after "Day of Honor." Listen on and find out which other aliens made Char and Tristan's lists!

Direct download: ttj-068.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

To The Journey 67: Zombified

One vs. Doctor's Orders.

Many Star Trek fans complain when a newer show "recycles" a plot from a previous series, but what if the same plot is used on two Trek shows in unique ways that make them flourish within their respective series? In this episode of To the Journey, Char and Tristan compare and contrast Voyager's "One" with Enterprise's "Doctor's Orders." We discuss the merits of having a dog for companionship, Seven's "dream" of being in the North Dakota tundra, and which hallucinations we liked best.

Direct download: ttj-067.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

To The Journey 66: Secretly in Love

Season Four Marathon.

Reset buttons, genocide, catsuits, and Janeway in a tux. These are just a few of the things that Voyager threw our way during its fourth season. And in this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan pick their top five episodes for a lazy Sunday Season Four marathon. With so many fantastic episodes in Season Four, it's tough to whittle it down to just five. How can you pick one two-parter without the other? We do our best! See if you agree!

Direct download: ttj-066.mp3
Category:Marathons -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

To The Journey 65: Neelix's Pimp Coat

Costumes on Voyager.

When it comes to storytelling, it's not just about what the characters do or say—it's also about what they wear. And Voyager certainly treated us to a wide range of eye-popping fashion. Some were great, some were ludicrous, and some were... well... Neelix.

In this episode of To The Journey, Tristan and Char delve deep into what kind of quality lay within the literal fabric of Voyager. Whether it has red piping, half-jackets, or underboob, the TTJ team is all over it. We discuss our favorite and least favorite outfits and how, when people get lazy, they turn into Halloween candy.

Direct download: ttj-065.mp3
Category:Costume Design -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

To The Journey 64: Murder Cave

"Innocence" Rewrite.

Ever wonder what "could have been" with Season Two's "Innocence?" In this episode of To The Journey, Charlynn and Tristan delve deep into the episode's full potential as they rewrite and discuss kids who aren't really kids, mosquito nets as clothing, and what actually happened to Ensign Bennett.

Direct download: ttj-064.mp3
Category:Rewrites -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

To The Journey 63: The Q and the Earl Grey

Q.

He started off as the veritable "bad boy" of the universe and the king of mischief on TNG, but some argue that he didn't exactly stay that way. In this episode of To The Journey, Charlynn and Tristan are visited by the folks from Earl Grey and finish their discussion of Q with a look at his appearances on Voyager. Both crews argue the merits and faults of "Death Wish," "The Q and the Grey," and "Q2." *FINGER SNAP followed by WHOOSH*

Direct download: ttj-063.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

To The Journey 62: CHA-KO-TAY

Living Witness Commentary.

What would you do if you woke up 700 years in the future but you felt like only a day had passed? Thankfully, you don't have a backup module like the Doctor does.  In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan do their own live commentary for the season four episode "Living Witness." They talk about pilgrim fashion sense, the correct pronunciation of our peppered XO’s name, and, of course, the importance of revisionist history. So sit back, relax, and pop in your DVD… do it!

Direct download: ttj-062.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

To The Journey 61: The Third Path

The Talaxians.

They're cooks, traders, smugglers, warriors, and narcotics dealers—just like us! We don't hear about Talaxian culture in much detail over the course of Voyager, but in this episode of To The Journey Char and Tristan get down to the nitty gritty on what it means to always have an X in your name. Would you forsake your kind and go to Earth or get cozy with a local woman on an asteroid? That's just one of the questions we seek to answer. 

Direct download: ttj-061.mp3
Category:Talaxians -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

To The Journey 60: Love Bug

Season Three Marathon.

The third season of Voyager had its share of stinkers, but it also had just as many amazing standouts. In this episode of To The Journey find out what happens when hosts Tristan and Charlynn reveal their picks for an ultimate five-episode season three marathon.

Direct download: ttj-060.mp3
Category:Marathons -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

To The Journey 59: Down with the Ship

Janeway’s Best Command Decisions.

Love her or hate her, Janeway had some tough decisions to make in the Delta Quadrant. Sometimes the crew survived… and sometimes they didn’t. Sometimes she listened to the Peppered XO… and other times she didn’t. In this episode of To The Journey we talk about her BEST command decisions and why we appreciate how she had to make them. But don’t worry, folks, we’ll talk about her worst ones soon.

Direct download: ttj-059.mp3
Category:Captain Janeway -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

To The Journey 58: Pixel Junkie

Voyager on Blu-ray.

It was a bit of a surprise when CBS announced that Star Trek: The Next Generation would receive an HD “makeover” due to the amount of work involved. However, these Blu-rays have fast become fan favorites, and now it seems likely that every Trek incarnation will eventually be released in this format. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan discuss which episode moments they most look forward to seeing in HD, as well as extras they want in addition to the episodes. Oh, and Char blows Tristan’s mind at one point in this episode.

Direct download: ttj-058.mp3
Category:Blu-rays -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

The Borg.

We have engaged… the Borg… on To The Journey! The TTJ crew has been waiting so long to get to this episode, and this week we delve into the big baddies of the Delta Quadrant—the Borg. Char and Tristan talk about multiple Queens, mysteries of the Collective, and if the Borg were overused. TTJ asks several open ended questions this week and we all hope that you join the conversation in the Trek.fm forums!

Direct download: ttj-057.mp3
Category:The Borg -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

To The Journey 56: Why We Have Fanfic

Resolutions Rewrite.

Thousands of Voyager fans have written Janeway/Chakotay fanfic to rework “Resolutions” to their liking. And in this episode of To The Journey, Tristan and Char join in. Tristan goes for the Harlequin romance angle, while Char doesn’t stop at just one episode and instead writes a three-part epic. Listen on and find out what exactly Tristan and Char had Janeway and Chakotay do in their idealized visions of “Resolutions.” And, of course, we speak at length about our favorite primate.

Direct download: ttj-056.mp3
Category:Rewrites -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

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