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



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