Faces.  

Like many of us (except for Suzanne!), B'Elanna Torres struggles with an inner dual nature. In B'Elanna's case, the struggle consists of finding the balance between her Klingon side and her human side. When B'Elanna's two halves are split into two distinct people, one fully Klingon and the other fully human, this inner struggle is acted out dramatically on screen between the two B'Elannas.  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson and Zachary Fruhling discuss the many faces of "Faces," from B'Elanna's dual nature and Chakotay's inner Vidiian to Sulan's inner Hannibal Lecter.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
No, I Can't Relate to That (00:02:47) 
Corn and Ranch Dressing (00:07:43) 
Not DNA Again (00:14:59) 
Are Rabbits Rodents? (00:20:25) 
Closing (00:22:34)  

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-258.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 10:00am MDT

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

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

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



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