We Need to Talk about Chakotay.  

Unquestionably the character of Commander Chakotay was underutilized in Star Trek: Voyager. But beyond merely being underutilized, some Star Trek fans have developed a form of loathing for Commander Chakotay, partly because of his nonplussed demeanor and partly because of his amalgam of stereotypes about Native American beliefs and spirituality. In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling, Kay Shaw, and Suzanne Williamson come racing to Commander Chakotay's defense with a discussion of what they love about, and what was done right with Voyager's intrepid first officer.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
The Man in Black (00:01:55) 
She Didn't Know That He Liked Dante (00:07:00) 
Lost, or Found? (00:12:32) 
A Mashup of Han Solo and Indiana Jones (00:18:48) 
Jack of All Trades (00:25:13) 
Seska Is Very Questionable (00:30:43) 
Maybe We're All Chakotay (00:36:42) 
Closing (00:44:22)  

Hosts 
Zachary Fruhling, Kay Shaw, and Suzanne Williamson  

Production 
Kay Shaw (Editor) Suzanne Williamson (Producer) 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-238.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Counselor Troi in Voyager.  

Some fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation who didn't follow Voyager's seven-year trek home from the Delta Quadrant may not realize that Marina Sirtis reprised her role as Counselor Deanna Troi in three different episode of Star Trek: Voyager. Some people even (audaciously) maintain that Counselor Troi was a more sophisticated and effective counselor in Voyager as she counseled her colleague and friend, Lieutenant Reginald Barclay, than she was in Star Trek: The Next Generation.


In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson, Kay Shaw, and Zachary Fruhling are joined by Amy Nelson, co-host of Trek.fm's dedicated Next Generationpodcast Earl Grey, for a discussion of Marina Sirtis's three appearances as Counselor Deanna Troi in Star Trek: Voyager. 

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Troi? In Voyager? (00:01:54) 
Counselling on a Starship (00:05:29) 
A Different Troi (00:09:28) 
Worf Email (00:18:21) 
The Future is Metallic (00:21:55) 
Bureaucrats and Cockroaches (00:25:17) 
Holo-Addiction (00:30:57) 
Great Knowledge, and Understanding (00:39:26) 
One on One (00:46:24) 
Too Proud for a Counsellor? (00:51:41) 
There for the Homecoming (00:59:01) 
Final Thoughts (01:02:20) 
Closing (01:08:03)  

Hosts 
Suzanne Williamson, Kay Shaw, and Zachary Fruhling  

Guest 
Amy Nelson  

Production 
Kay Shaw (Editor) Suzanne Williamson (Producer) 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-227.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Vorik Character Analysis.  

Tuvok wasn't the only Vulcan aboard Voyager. In contrast to Tuvok's elder-statesman Vulcan persona was the more youthful and more enthusiastic Ensign Vorik. Being a youthful Vulcan, however, is not without its challenges. Your first Pon Farr can be especially disorienting when lost in the Delta Quadrant, 70,000 light years from the nearest Vulcan female. Just ask the apple of Vorik's eye and the object of his chemical-imbalanced affection, Lieutenant Torres.

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Kay Shaw and Zachary Fruhling scratch the Vulcan seven-year itch with a character analysis of Ensign Vorik, including his internalization of Tom Paris's 20th-century advice not to lose one's Vulcan cool.  


Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
That Vulcan petaQ! (00:01:53) 
Vorik or Taurik (00:06:17) 
Vulcan Grunt (00:10:15) 
Youth or Just a Loose Cannon? (00:17:08) 
Meditation Club (00:21:37) 
Coming of Age (00:26:16) 
Klingon Trust Falls (00:32:13) 
Do You Accept? (00:38:07) 
Pushing the Envelope (00:41:55) 
Secret Platonic Man Crush (00:45:10) 
Vulcan Romance (00:49:55) 
Closing (00:51:55)  

Hosts 
Kay Shaw and Zachary Fruhling  

Production 
Kay Shaw (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-226.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:53am MDT

Lieutenant Carey Character Analysis.  

Recurring character Lieutenant Joe Carey may have met an untimely demise in the seventh-season Voyager episode "Friendship One," just missing the ride back home to the Alpha Quadrant in "Endgame." But the mild-mannered Starfleet engineer, with hair ever-so-slightly reminiscent of Chief O'Brien's, made a big impression on Voyagerfans, despite appearing in relatively few episodes of Voyager.  


In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Kay Shaw, Suzanne Williamson, and Zachary Fruhling go hunting for poisoned apples and accept a friendly lunch invitation for a character analysis of fan-favorite recurring character, Lieutenant Joe Carey (after being exonerated from giving Federation technology to the Kazon, of course).  


Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
He Has An Action Figure (00:01:52) 
The Underling (00:05:04) 
The Harry Carey Band (00:09:14) 
A Tow The Line Kinda Guy? (00:15:16) 
Ulterior Motives? (00:22:27) 
I Don't Remember That in the Starfleet Manual (00:25:34) 
Not With The Enemy! (00:29:04) 
A Good Death Scene (00:34:48) 
Litverse Carey (00:41:22) 
Closing (00:45:43)  

Hosts 
Kay Shaw, Suzanne Williamson, and Zachary Fruhling  

Production 
Kay Shaw (Editor) Suzanne Williamson (Producer) 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-222.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Lon Suder. 

It's Murder on the Delta Quadrant Express! The second-season Voyager episode "Meld" may not have been much of a murder mystery, since the whodunnit is resolved so quickly. "Meld," however, introduced us to one of the most memorable characters in all of Star Trek: Voyager, the not-quite-empathetic and disturbingly intense Betazoid, crewman Lon Suder.  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Kay Shaw, Suzanne Williamson, and Zachary Fruhling, along with Lieutenant Tuvok, take a deep dive inside the mind of Lon Suder. Do they find that everyone contains a tiny bit of Lon Suder inside? And is every Lon Suder perhaps really a mild-mannered botanist at heart?  

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Initial Thoughts on Lon Suder (00:01:50)
Tuvok and the Criminal Mind (00:06:17)
The Meldiest Mind Meld (00:09:53)
Suder Wants a Job (00:11:59)
Imprisonment, Rehabilitation, or Execution? (00:13:23)
Tuvok's Overconfidence (00:16:54)
Sniffing the Flowers (00:20:35)
A Nice Guy at Heart? (00:24:15)
Dr. Tony Robbins (00:26:04)
Suder's Death - The Live Long and Prosper Corollary (00:30:27)
Mirror Universe Lon Suder (00:32:56)
Ol' Dark Eyes (00:35:12)
Suder on Parole (00:38:17)
Closing (00:43:17) 

Hosts
Kay Shaw, Suzanne Williamson, and Zachary Fruhling 

Production
Kay Shaw (Editor) Suzanne Williamson (Producer) 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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: ttj-216.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

Tuvok Unhinged.  

Vulcans are generally known for being calm, cool, rational, and collected. But every once in a while even a Vulcan can come unglued at the seams. And our favorite Vulcan member of the Voyager crew, the one and only Mr. Tuvok, is no exception. Over Voyager's seven-year journey, we see Tuvok mind melding, Pon Farring, cake baking, wax flower making, flashbacking, emotion repressing, brain igniting, and even strolling onto the bridge sans uniform! (Okay, that last one was just a bad dream, but still....) In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson, Kay Shaw, and Zachary Fruhling compare their favorite "Tuvok Unhinged" moments in Star Trek: Voyager.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
"Meld" - Strangling Neelix (00:03:36) 
Generally Vulcan, Uniquely Tuvok (00:09:27) 
Logic Therapy (00:13:02) 
"Riddles" - Cake Baker and Flower Maker (00:14:53) 
"Endgame" - Permanently Unhinged (00:24:26) 
"Workforce" - Like a Swan (00:27:40) 
Donald Duck in Vulcan Mental Land (00:29:16) 
The Progression of "Repression" (00:31:14) 
Collaborative Botany (00:34:34) 
Rubber Ducky (00:36:13) 
Vulcan Night Clubs - Transactional Immodesty (00:39:46) 
Which Tuvok Are You? (00:43:13) 
"Flashback" - Lecturing Captain Sulu (00:43:59) 
Vulcan Counseling Sessions (00:46:12) 
"Learning Curve" - Rigid and Inflexible Tuvok (00:52:11) 
Fundamentals are the Building Blocks of Fun (00:54:01) 
Closing (00:55:27)  

Hosts 
Suzanne Williamson, Kay Shaw, and Zachary Fruhling  

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

Direct download: ttj-203.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am 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.

 

Hosts

Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Editor and Producer

Tristan Riddell

 

Associate Producer

Lisa Stevens

 

Chapters

Tubes (5:43)

Black Satin (10:43)

Ripoff (15:22)

Who Knows? (22:54)

Closing (37:53)

 

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Direct download: ttj-097.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 4:00am 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 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 54: Intelligent But Impulsive

Seska.

She wasn’t a main character, but Seska caused a lot of trouble for the Voyager crew. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan discuss all things about the Cardassian who initially hid behind a Bajoran mask, from her impulsive alliance with Maje Culluh to post-mortem appearances in seasons three and seven. Oh, and let’s not forget all the things she did to Chakotay. Listen on as Char and Tristan dissect this master manipulator.

Direct download: ttj-054.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT



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