Desert Island Episodes - Voyager Season 5.  

Season 5 of Star Trek: Voyager is regarded by many fans to be one of the strongest seasons of Voyager's entire run, from the ongoing exploration of new aspects of Seven of Nine's humanity to Voyager's 100th episode, "Timeless." In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Suzanne Williamson continue their "Desert Island" series, comparing their choices for the top three episodes from season 5 to take with them to a desert island, forever abandoning all other episodes from season 5.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
It Is a Strange Pick (00:04:16) 
I Can't Stand That Episode! (00:07:51) 
The Shipperiest Episode (00:12:14) 
No Clarinets Allowed (00:14:44) 
All About the Boothby (00:22:29) 
All Hail the Queen (00:27:19) 
How to be Stern but Charming (00:32:03) 
Existential Anxiety (00:33:23) 
To The Journey Scavenger Hunt (00:36:13) 
The Return of the Bun of Steel (00:38:54) 
Here Begins a New Life (00:39:34) 
Closing (00:41:39)  

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-249.mp3
Category:Lists -- posted at: 3:00am MST

"Muse" Commentary.  

The Voyager story has always been epic in scope, with its 70-year journey home being reminiscent of Odysseus's ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the fall of Troy in the ancient Greek epic poem, The Odyssey. With this epic scope of the Voyager story, it's no accident that Kelis, a poet and playwright from an alien society reminiscent of ancient Greece, finds creative inspiration in the mission logs from the wreckage of the Delta Flyerin the sixth-season Voyager episode "Muse."  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson and Zachary Fruhling give an audio commentary on "Muse" and explore whether the Voyager story, or perhaps Star Trekin general, really has the power to end wars and create peace through drama as inspiration and cathartic release.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Commentary (00:04:07) 
Denouement (00:47:19) 
Closing (00:52:29)  

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-248.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Doomed Voyager Relationships - Part 2.  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Suzanne Williamson continue their two-part discussion on doomed relationships in Star Trek: Voyager. In Part 2, Zachary and Suzanne explore the failed relationship attempts of B'Elanna Torres, Seven of Nine, Commander Chakotay, and Captain Janeway, from B'Elanna's old academy flame on the U.S.S. Equinox (who still wants his sweater back) to Captain Janeway's oddly specific holographic facial hair requirements.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
The Man in Black (00:02:43) 
He Went All Pon Farr (00:05:33) 
Lobster Has a Mind of its Own (00:11:05) 
Hey There Seven (00:14:16) 
Taxonomic Nomenclature (00:18:06) 
She Just Used Him for His DNA (00:21:24) 
Boothby Is In (00:25:37) 
She's Gonna go to Jail for This, Or Worse (00:30:28) 
Akoochimoya Cafe (00:33:14) 
Dear Janeway Letter (00:36:40) 
No Bathtub, Therefore Not a Good Match (00:39:19) 
This Is Jeff Foxworthy (00:43:25) 
He Has a Twinkle in His Eye (00:45:28) 
Q Means Well (00:48:26) 
Hashtag ReadTheBooks (00:52:20) 
Closing (00:56:03)  

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-247.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Doomed Voyager Relationships - Part 1.  

The relationship between B'Elanna Torres and Tom Paris is perhaps the only successful long-term relationship in all of Star Trek: Voyager. Far more numerous are the many failed relationship attempts, sometimes between members of the Voyager crew themselves, but more often between a member of the Voyager crew and a member of an alien species or (surprisingly often) a hologram.  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson and Zachary Fruhling have part one of their two-part discussion on doomed relationships in Star Trek: Voyager. From Harry Kim's notorious string of bad luck (sometimes while forgetting to file the proper paperwork!) to The Doctor's doomed relationship prospects, both organic and holographic, find out whether Suzanne and Zachary retain their shipper optimism in their exploration of doomed Voyager relationships.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Ensign Lonelyhearts (00:02:19) 
Kal-Toh 2000 (00:09:27) 
Alternate Universe Genealogy (00:13:06) 
It Sounds Like a Neil Diamond Song (00:18:12) 
Pretty Boy, Baby Face (00:21:05) 
Nanu Nanu (00:24:45) 
Freya Reset Button (00:30:42) 
No Air Quotes Needed (00:36:53) 
Closing (00:41:03)  

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-246.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 3:00am MST

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 MST

Tuvix Alternatives.  

The second-season Voyager episode "Tuvix" featured some amazing acting on the part of actor Tom Wright as Tuvix, a transporter-created hybrid of Tuvok and Neelix, capturing the distinctive personality traits and mannerisms of both characters. In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson and Zachary Fruhling imagine alternative Voyagercharacter hybrids besides Tuvok and Neelix. Which character traits would be most prominent, and which actors or actresses would best capture the personality traits and mannerisms of these alternative character hybrids?  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
We're Calling Him Chalix (00:02:37) 
B'Eleven of Nine (00:08:27) 
Chell Travolta (00:13:09) 
Tomix, He Was an Actor (00:16:29) 
Vulcan Opera in Your Camaro (00:21:06) 
Keurig Station (00:27:00) 
What About Jarry? (00:32:00) 
Stuck in His Vulcan Craw (00:38:28) 
Closing (00:41:18)  

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-244.mp3
Category:What If -- posted at: 6:00am MST

Halfway Home.  

The seventh-season episode "Shattered" offers a tiny glimpse into one possible future for the Voyager crew, 17 years into the future. If the events of the Voyager series finale "Endgame" had not occurred, presumably Voyager would have continued its long trek back to the Alpha Quadrant over a period of 75 years. In that time, there would naturally be changes aboard Voyager as crew members age, retire, or pass away, and with younger officers rising through the ranks to take their place.

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Suzanne Williamson discuss other possible futures for Voyager, 30 years into the journey and halfway home. Who would the captain of Voyager be after 30 years? What would the command structure be like? Who would the senior officers and department heads be? How would the careers of junior officers and the children born aboard Voyager develop over 30 years? And would there be any major changes to Voyager itself or the premise of the series as a whole?

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Ensign H. Kim (00:04:26) 
Redemption? (00:09:12) 
There are Garfields Everywhere (00:16:33) 
Standing Room Only (00:19:57) 
So Which One is Betty White? (00:22:25) 
Delta Quadrant Saltpeter (00:28:34) 
Pornstar Medallion (00:32:45) 
Commander Naomi Wildman (00:36:46) 
Certified Pre-Owned Starship (00:41:20) 
Whittling Away (00:49:38) 
Closing (00:52:53)  

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-243.mp3
Category:What If -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Seska...What If?  

Seska may be the character fans love to hate in Star Trek: Voyager. And sadly, or perhaps gladly, Seska met her demise at the beginning of Season 3. But what would have happened had Seska remained on Voyager for all seven seasons? How might the Voyagerstory have unfolded differently had Seska not in fact been a Cardassian spy, but instead an ordinary, run-of-the-mill (but still feisty) Bajoran?  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson and Zachary Fruhling explore alternative directions that the character of Seska could have taken in Voyager. What if Seska and Chakotay had maintained a long-term relationship and raised a family together? What if Seska were actually a changeling instead of a Cardassian? What if, instead of the Delaney Sisters, Voyager had more than one twin or clone Seska Sisters? And how exactly is laundry done aboard Voyager, and what does that have to do with Seska?  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Seska Sestras (00:02:41) 
Spies Aplenty (00:04:44) 
Voyager: The Soap Opera (00:07:42) 
Dime Store Changeling (00:11:00) 
But What About the Baby? (00:15:14) 
Alpha Seska (00:20:49) 
The Laundry Question (00:25:35) 
She's a Spitfire (00:30:15) 
Shippers Go Down With the Ship (00:34:11) 
Chell Is Like Klinger (00:42:27) 
Closing (00:46:09)   

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-242.mp3
Category:What If -- posted at: 3:00am MST

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 MST

What Voyager Means To Us.  

In this 50th episode of To The Journey with the hosting team of Kay Shaw, Suzanne Williamson, and Zachary Fruhling, we take a personal look at the Voyager moments and circumstances that meant the most to us in the course of our ongoing love affair with Star Trek: Voyager. From first impressions of Voyager to the ways Voyager has helped us through life's darkest moments, we take a personal look at the meaningfulness of Voyagerthrough our own personal stories and reflections. Plus we have an important announcement about the future of To The Journey and the journey ahead.  


Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
An Announcement (00:01:52) 
It's Learning to Survive on Their Own That Will Help Them to Evolve (00:06:29) 
Like All Fear, You Eventually.... Vanish (00:11:12) 
Grandma's House (00:18:16) 
Who Am I? What Do I Want in Life? (00:23:20) 
The Truth About Harry Kim (00:29:57) 
They Belong Together as a Family (00:32:59) 
Introspection vs Action (00:35:57) 
To The Journey (00:38:47) 
Why Voyager? (00:45:21) 
Closing (00:50:50)  

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-240.mp3
Category:Special Message -- posted at: 8:30am MST



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