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

Thirty Days. 

Of all the characters in Star Trek: Voyager, perhaps Tom Paris had the greatest degree of character growth during Voyager's run, developing from an immature ex-convict into a responsible Starfleet officer and helmsman, and a loving husband and father. The fifth-season episode "Thirty Days," however, sees Tom Paris once again in trouble with the law, and with Captain Janeway. But this time, the broken and newly demoted Ensign Paris spends his thirty days in the brig because he acted on his principles and his conscience, defying orders from the captain who gave him his second chance only five years before. In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling, Kay Shaw, and Suzanne Williamson share their thoughts on Tom's seafaring aspirations and on the inner struggles of Voyager's beloved fly-boy. 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
The One with That Guy from Sex and the City (00:02:59)
I Always Wanted To Be .... (00:04:29)
Going Deeper (00:07:39)
Tom's Demotion - Yeoman Kim (00:10:19)
Captain Proton Saves the Day (00:13:57)
The Delaney Sisters - Dimple or No Dimple? (00:15:31)
Sailor Talk (00:17:41)
Bread and Water - The Everlasting Leola Root (00:19:38)
The Walk of Shame (00:24:00)
Tom's Letter to His Father (00:24:50)
Waterworld II: The Search for Kevin Costner (00:27:43)
Environmentalism and Bureaucracy (00:29:39)
Voyager / Sex and the City Character Matching (00:32:03)
Seven of Nine - Complying with the Collective (00:35:29)
Harry and Tom - Following Through and Finishing the Letter (00:36:52)
Tiny Tom = Jailbird Joey (00:40:11)
Aquarium in the Sky (00:41:46)
Closing (00:42:42) 

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) Kenneth Tripp (Executive Producer) Jamie Duce (Associate Producer) Bruce Lish (Associate Producer) Dante Hopkins (Associate Producer) Brian Beliso (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) 

Direct download: ttj-196.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

194: Come Sail Away

Coda.  

It's safe to say that Voyager fans generally have strong feelings about the third-season episode "Coda." Janeway/Chakotay shippers tend to embrace this episode for its tender and impassioned portrayal of the special bond between Commander Chakotay and Captain Janeway. And although "Coda" suffers from the Voyager reset-button effect (after an impressive number of Janeway death scenes!), "Coda" reveals the depth of affection that the Voyager crew share for their beloved captain. From old-fashioned resuscitation techniques to the contrasting portrayals of tenderness and suspense, hosts Suzanne Williamson, Zachary Fruhling, and Kay Shaw bare their souls about all things "Coda."  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Initial Thoughts on Coda (00:01:56) 
Janeway Death Scenes (00:04:28) 
Chakotay's Talents (00:05:56) 
Janeway's Father (00:09:17) 
Comparison with Other Star Trek Episodes (00:11:40) 
Chakotay's Rose (00:15:12) 
Death and Meaning - Watching Your Own Funeral (00:19:29) 
Coda Quotables (00:23:38) 
Crew Reactions - Tuvok's Log Entry (00:25:01) 
Contrasts in Coda (00:29:00) 
Coda Trivia (00:31:50) 
The Doctor and Euthanasia (00:36:31) 
Final Thoughts (00:42:22)  

Hosts 
Suzanne Williamson, Zachary Fruhling, 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) Jamie Duce (Associate Producer) Bruce Lish (Associate Producer) Dante Hopkins (Associate Producer) Brian Beliso (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: ttj-194.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 3:00am 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



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