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

Course: Oblivion.  

Things are looking up for the Voyager crew at the beginning of the fifth-season episode "Course: Oblivion," from the wedding of Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres to an enhanced warp drive. But that all changes when the ship and crew begin losing their molecular cohesion, only to discover that they are, in fact, merely biomimetic duplicates of the real Voyager ship and crew, created a year before when Voyager landed on the aptly named "Demon Planet."  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Suzanne Williamson (or perhaps their biomimetic duplicates; you be the judge!) discuss the merits of "Course: Oblivion." From the minutiae of the wedding of Fake-Tom and Fake-B'Elanna to the existential burdens of being a biomimetic duplicate, Zachary and Suzanne wrestle with  whether "Course: Oblivion" is as riveting as they recall and whether "Course: Oblivion" is really just one big metaphor for our finite human lives.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Distinguished Melting Neelix (00:03:27) 
What about Harry Kim? (00:07:28) 
Warp Cores Are Like Cats (00:10:13) 
Who Is Ensign Harper?! (00:12:21) 
This Episode Is a Metaphor for Life (00:18:02) 
Goo People and an Enhanced Warp Drive (00:20:54) 
Tom with a Tommy Gun (00:25:07) 
Not as Riveting as We Remember (00:30:14) 
Goo Gone (00:34:40) 
Closing (00:37:49)  

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-241.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Defending "Threshold."  

The second-season episode "Threshold" is generally acknowledged to be one of the weakest episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. But in this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson, Kay Shaw, and Zachary Fruhling respond to a recent challenge to give their best defense, an apologia in the classical Greek sense, of "Threshold," discussing only its merits and leaving any criticism of "Threshold" in their quarters.  

From the physics of traveling at Warp 10 and occupying every point in the universe simultaneously to the importance of "Threshold" for the character development of Tom Paris and his (um, professional) relationship with Captain Janeway, find out whether "Threshold" can be salvaged from the ash heap of Delta Quadrant history and reestablished as part of the pantheon of important and valuable episodes of Star Trek: Voyager.  


Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
An 'Apologia' (00:01:53) 
Everywhere at Once (00:04:01) 
To Please Dad (00:07:58) 
A Trust-Fall Moment (00:13:33) 
Collecting Dubious Medical Data (00:17:38) 
He Doesn't Trust Her, She Doesn't Cry (00:21:49) 
Will It Go To His Head? (00:24:59) 
Neelix Saves the Day (00:28:18) 
Like the Spore Drive (00:31:47) 
Closing (00:37:16)  

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) 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-233.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Drone.  

What do you get when you cross a few Borg nanoprobes, a piece of 29th-century holographic technology, and the DNA of a Starfleet ensign? One extremely souped-up 29th-century Borg drone! But this drone also comes with a human heart, willing to sacrifice himself for the well-being of his Voyager collective.  


In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling, Suzanne Williamson, and Kay Shaw take a dive into a Borg maturation chamber as they discuss the fifth-season Voyager episode "Drone."  


Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
One is the Loneliest Number (00:01:53) 
I'll Have a Deuterium Gin Fizz Please (00:04:39) 
Hashtag No Boundaries (00:07:54) 
Deborgifying is Harder Than Borgifying (00:12:39) 
Input!! Input!!! (00:19:09) 
Puffing Up Like a Prize Cockerel (00:22:16) 
We Love You Even Though You're an Accident (00:29:39) 
Grinding for XP (00:36:06) 
Command Decision Flow Chart (00:43:52) 
How Many Junior Officers Does It Take to Blow Up a Ship? (00:46:12) 
Please Don't Forget to Hibernate Your Alcove When Not in Use (00:52:18) 
Closing (00:57:41)  

Hosts 
Zachary Fruhling, Suzanne Williamson, and Kay Shaw  

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-229.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Dragon's Teeth.  

Resurrecting an ancient civilization is tricky business, especially when the Prime Directive is on the line, and doubly so when that ancient civilization has access to subspace corridors that could shave thousands of light years off your trip home to the Alpha Quadrant. Such is the situation in which we find Captain Janeway and the rest of the Voyager Crew when Seven of Nine takes it upon herself to awaken the Vaadwaur, asleep for 900 years in stasis pods after the near total annihilation of their planet.

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling, Suzanne Williamson, and Kay Shaw have an ancient-world-style throw-down over the sixth-season Voyagerepisode "Dragon's Teeth." Join Zachary, Suzanne, and Kay as they resurrect an ancient civilization, accept that it is raining, and walk with dignity while listening to some less-than-cheerful Talaxian nursery rhymes (in the old tongue, naturally).  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Seven of Nine Out of Character (00:01:50) 
The Cardassians of the Delta Quadrant - Meh! (00:04:17) 
Romans and Visigoths (00:09:29) 
Walking with Dignity (00:13:00) 
Funny Ears Contest (00:15:46) 
Language Lessons - Talaxian Mother Goose (00:18:22) 
Resurrecting the Ancient World - Xena Was Real! (00:20:44) 
Only the "Vaadwaur" (00:22:38) 
Backpedaling the Prime Directive - Get Back in Your Pods! (00:23:57) 
A Scorpion-esque Chakotay (00:32:15) 
Find Us the Cheese, Wesley (00:34:18) 
Julius Caesar, You're a Clever Man, in Any Time Period (0:36:49) 
Every Episode is Loved by Somebody (00:40:14) 
Closing (00:42:01)  

Hosts 
Zachary Fruhling, Suzanne Williamson, and Kay Shaw  

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-217.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 4:00pm MDT

"Real Life" and "The Offspring" Comparison. 

Don't forget your box of tissues for this episode of To The Journey, as hosts Kay Shaw, Zachary Fruhling, and Suzanne Williamson compare and contrast the tearjerker episodes "Real Life" (Star Trek: Voyager) and "The Offspring" (Star Trek: The Next Generation). From the respective motivations of The Doctor and Lt. Commander Data in exploring family life, to lessons learned from love and loss, Kay, Zachary, and Suzanne laugh and cry together as they discuss these emotionally charged, fan-favorite episodes of Voyager and The Next Generation.
 
Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
You Need a Box of Tissues (00:01:39) 
Comparing Androids and Holograms (00:03:12) 
Stepford Family (00:05:29) 
Why So Sad, Doc? (00:08:08) 
Like "The Sims" (00:10:00) 
The Reasons Why (00:12:01) 
Picard Doesn't Deal With the Unknown All That Well (00:14:45) 
Freeze Program! - B'Elanna and Family (00:16:37) 
Access the Aryan Database (00:23:09) 
Love Them For Who They Are (00:25:53) 
Of Endings We Wish To Speak (00:27:34) 
Lal McGuire (00:33:06) 
Death Never Makes Sense (00:34:11) 
Is It Worth the Pain? (00:37:15) 
Contrasting TNG and Voyager in General (00:39:31) 
That "To The Journey" Show is a Real Downer (00:42:07) 
Takeaways for Data and The Doctor (00:48:31) 
Closing (00:51:54)  
 
Hosts
Kay Shaw, Zachary Fruhling, 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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: ttj-213.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

Prime Factors.  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Kay Shaw, Suzanne Williamson, and Zachary Fruhling are joined by Manu Intiraymi (Icheb on Voyager) for an update on the Kickstarter campaign for his multi-genre science fiction anthology project, The Circuit: Urbiessa. Then Kay, Suzanne, and Zachary drop by the planet Sikaris in search of all things pleasurable (pecan pie or otherwise) as they discuss the first-season Voyager episode "Prime Factors."  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Manu Intiraymi and "The Circuit: Urbiessa" Kickstarter (00:01:30) 
Goat Vindaloo and Cyborg Goats in Urbiessa (00:04:00) 
Kickstarter Rewards and the Sweet Spot (00:06:03) 
"The Circuit" Roadmap (00:12:04) 
Touching People's Hearts and Affecting the Culture (00:16:09) 
Initial Thoughts on "Prime Factors" (00:21:43) 
Harry Blinded Her with Science (00:23:57) 
Space Theremin - "I Wish They All Could be Sikaran Girls" (00:26:06) 
When Harry Met Sally (00:28:22) 
Seska's Imaginary Brother (00:31:54) 
Janeway/Tuvok Bookends (00:34:35) 
Prime Directive Role Reversal (00:36:10) 
Space Mithril Wardrobe (00:38:42) 
The Spatial Trajector - Why Can't They Just Build One? (00:42:55) 
Bork! Bork! Bork! (00:44:20) 
Tuvok Ex Machina (00:46:18) 
The Nature of Pleasure (00:49:03) 
Janeway and B'Elanna (00:50:04) 
Closing (01:00:32)  

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) Kenneth 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-210.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

Before and After.  

In the third-season Voyager episode "Before and After," we get a glimpse into one possible future for the Voyager family. In this future we see Captain Chakotay (pips and all), First Officer Tuvok (still in gold), Security Officer Neelix (also in gold), Dr. van Gogh (with holographic hair plugs), Harry Kim as Tom Paris's son-in-law (bromanced as ever), and our first peek into the notorious Year of Hell.   

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling, Suzanne Williamson, and Kay Shaw, in an extraordinary display of podcasting heroics, travel backward through time to discuss the Voyager future that might have been.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
The Curious Case of Kesamin Button (00:01:30) 
Tom Needs a Hug (00:04:13) 
Son-in-Law Bromance (00:07:32) 
Pips and Uniforms (00:09:07) 
Human-Ocampan Hybrids (00:14:42) 
Year of Hell - Krenim and Chronitons (00:15:57) 
B'Elanna Side-Eye - An Extraordinary Display of Medical Heroics (00:18:03) 
One Possible Future - Security Officer Neelix? (00:20:09) 
Surnames and Mononyms - Linnis Paris Kim? (00:22:51) 
Recessive Human Genes (00:25:51) 
One Day She'll See the Sun (00:28:50) 
Renchens or Roentgens? (00:30:53) 
The Metaphysics of Kes's Time Jumps - Quantum Leap Style (00:33:09) 
A Slightly Different Year of Hell - No Reset Button (00:39:26) 
Neelix Got Over It (00:44:06) 
Andrew Cleaver Kim (00:47:18) 
Kes and Tom (00:48:06) 
Closing (00:52:44)  

Hosts 
Zachary Fruhling, Suzanne Williamson, and Kay Shaw  

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-205.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

200: Pon Farr Night at the Playboy Mansion

"Caretaker" and Celebrating 200 Episodes.  

In this episode of To The Journey, we're taking it back to the Badlands where it all began! Trek.fm patron and To The Journey associate producer Bruce Lish joins hosts Suzanne Williamson, Zachary Fruhling, and Kay Shaw to discuss Voyager's pilot episode, "Caretaker," and to celebrate To The Journey's 200th episode!  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcoming Bruce Lish (00:01:51) 
Dentistry in Star Trek - The Sonicare Shower (00:04:12) 
Initial Thoughts on "Caretaker" (00:07:31) 
Casting, Character Relationships, and Conflict (00:12:53) 
Holoprogram Mods (00:19:52) 
What Was Most Successful? Least Successful? (00:21:02) 
Gilligan's Island in Space (00:23:41) 
The U.S.S. Voyager Filming Model and Going Digital (00:29:15) 
Crossovers and Passing the Torch (00:33:27) 
The Progenitors Revisited (00:37:17) 
Villains and Antagonists (00:41:29) 
Loungewear and Leather (00:44:20) 
Harry Kim's Enthusiasm (00:49:06) 
Unfair Janeway Criticism (00:50:50) 
Kazon Cultural Development (01:02:46) 
Bruce's Contact Information (01:10:32) 
Closing (01:11:32)  

Hosts 
Suzanne Williamson, Zachary Fruhling, and Kay Shaw  

Guest 
Bruce Lish  

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-200.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

197: Frosty Grendel Farts

Heroes and Demons.  

What do the epic hero Beowulf, Dr. Schweitzer, and Voyager's Emergency Medical Hologram have in common? They are as one in the first-season Voyager episode "Heroes and Demons"!  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson, Kay Shaw, and Zachary Fruhling go into the weeds, or rather, into the forest, in search of photonic spaghetti monsters, Klingon (Danish) blood mead, and Vulcan literature lessons from Lieutenant Tuvok.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Initial Thoughts - For the LOLs (00:01:30) 
The Doctor - First Away Mission, First Kiss (00:03:59) 
A Warrior's Name - All Hail Schweitzer! (00:06:28) 
The Equinox Version (00:09:41) 
The Doctor and Freya - A Cold Night in Denmark (00:13:04) 
Photonic Spaghetti Monster (00:17:10) 
Tricorder Exocomps (00:21:28) 
Tuvok and Chakotay on Vulcan Literature (00:23:46) 
Klingon Blood Mead (00:28:27) 
Harry the Shield Yeoman (00:29:56) 
Not a Beowulf Scholar (00:33:11) 
French Twist or Combover? (00:35:58) 
Counselor Kes (00:38:26) 
Dante's Inferno - Virgil and Schweitzer (00:41:19) 
Closing (00:44:04)  

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-197.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 7:00am MDT



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