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

The Conclusion.  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling, Kay Shaw, and Suzanne Williamson go back into the writers' room to craft the conclusion of their hypothetical Voyager feature film trilogy, The Progenitors 3: Dennis Alexio Must Die!

From the Guardian of Forever to Henry Starling, the ever-present Q, time travel, Borg nanoprobes, and love triumphant, Zachary, Kay, and Suzanne follow the crews of the Starship Voyager and the Timeship Relativity on a fantastic journey through time, space, and the human heart.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
No Loose Ends (00:01:52) 
Where Were We? (00:04:28) 
The Redemption of Henry Starling? (00:07:31) 
Ship of the Damned (00:09:52) 
A Meshing of Two Old Favorites (00:11:38) 
Joe Carey Speaks Whale (00:15:08) 
There's No Place Like The Relativity (00:21:11) 
Let's Do the Time Loop Again (00:25:32) 
Dennis Alexio Must Die (00:29:13) 
Probing the Nanoprobes (00:34:54) 
It's Better Than Cheese (00:38:17) 
Henry Starling Invents the Tamagotchi (00:44:18) 
Closing (00:51:02)  

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) 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-232.mp3
Category:Writer's Room -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Spooky Voyager.  

It's the haunting of To The Journey! In this special Halloween episode of To The Journey, hosts Kay Shaw, Zachary Fruhling, and Suzanne Williamson go in search of the scariest, spookiest, and downright creepiest episodes, moments, and imagery in all of Star Trek: Voyager. While Voyager is often considered to be a fairly lighthearted Star Trek series by comparison, Kay, Zachary, and Suzanne probe Voyager's darkest corridors to reveal the hidden maleficence lurking deep within Voyager's bowels.  


Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Snacks are Irrelevant (00:02:44) 
Coulrophobia (00:09:30) 
Spooky Boobs (00:14:41) 
Top of The Delta Quadrant Food Chain (00:20:40) 
Let's Build Your Spleen! (00:28:28) 
Captain Pinhead (00:32:51) 
The Night is Young and the Web is Satin (00:37:58) 
He Was Richard O'Brien (00:42:39) 
Closing (00:47:55)  

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) Patrick Carlin (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: ttj-231.mp3
Category:Holidays -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

New To The Journey!
“Macrovirus? Tastes Like Chicken!”
Desert Island Episodes - Voyager Season 3.

If you could take three, and only three, episodes from season three of Star Trek: Voyager with you to a desert island, and not just any desert island, a desert island on a planet deep inside the Delta Quadrant 70,000 light years from home, which episodes would you choose?  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson, Zachary Fruhling, and Kay Shaw compare their top three desert-island episode picks from season three of Star Trek: Voyager, in search of the answer to that age-old question: Who is coming over for "Coda" night?  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Predictions in Paradise (00:01:55) 
Freak-a-saurus (00:06:41) 
Are You Coming Over on Coda Night? (00:11:31) 
Distilled Seska (00:17:31) 
It's Janeway's Everything (00:19:47) 
Neelix and His 'Weird Friend' (00:37:05) 
Not Big Enough (00:40:13) 
Honorable Mentions (00:50:20) 
Closing (00:56:55)  

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Direct download: ttj-230.mp3
Category:Lists -- 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

Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres Relationship Analysis.  

We see precious few genuine romantic relationships onscreen in Star Trek, and arguably the relationship between Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres is the most fully developed relationship in all of Star Trek. Over the seven-year run of Star Trek: Voyager, we see the full progression of Tom and B'Elanna's romantic relationship, from their initial status as slightly antagonistic colleagues, to their developing friendship and courtship, to their eventual marriage and the birth of their daughter, Miral. 


In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Kay Shaw, Suzanne Williamson, and Zachary Fruhling take an in-depth look at the high points, and the low points, of Voyager's resident opposites-attract couple, Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres.

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
A Good Match (00:01:54) 
Slow Burn (00:10:44) 
Geeking Out Together (00:16:25) 
The Start of it All (00:22:54) 
Pairing Off (00:29:26) 
The Wedding That Wasn't (00:41:01) 
Rebels Unmasked (00:46:15) 
Closing (00:53:55)  

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-228.mp3
Category:Relationships -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Counselor Troi in Voyager.  

Some fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation who didn't follow Voyager's seven-year trek home from the Delta Quadrant may not realize that Marina Sirtis reprised her role as Counselor Deanna Troi in three different episode of Star Trek: Voyager. Some people even (audaciously) maintain that Counselor Troi was a more sophisticated and effective counselor in Voyager as she counseled her colleague and friend, Lieutenant Reginald Barclay, than she was in Star Trek: The Next Generation.


In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson, Kay Shaw, and Zachary Fruhling are joined by Amy Nelson, co-host of Trek.fm's dedicated Next Generationpodcast Earl Grey, for a discussion of Marina Sirtis's three appearances as Counselor Deanna Troi in Star Trek: Voyager. 

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Troi? In Voyager? (00:01:54) 
Counselling on a Starship (00:05:29) 
A Different Troi (00:09:28) 
Worf Email (00:18:21) 
The Future is Metallic (00:21:55) 
Bureaucrats and Cockroaches (00:25:17) 
Holo-Addiction (00:30:57) 
Great Knowledge, and Understanding (00:39:26) 
One on One (00:46:24) 
Too Proud for a Counsellor? (00:51:41) 
There for the Homecoming (00:59:01) 
Final Thoughts (01:02:20) 
Closing (01:08:03)  

Hosts 
Suzanne Williamson, Kay Shaw, and Zachary Fruhling  

Guest 
Amy Nelson  

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-227.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Vorik Character Analysis.  

Tuvok wasn't the only Vulcan aboard Voyager. In contrast to Tuvok's elder-statesman Vulcan persona was the more youthful and more enthusiastic Ensign Vorik. Being a youthful Vulcan, however, is not without its challenges. Your first Pon Farr can be especially disorienting when lost in the Delta Quadrant, 70,000 light years from the nearest Vulcan female. Just ask the apple of Vorik's eye and the object of his chemical-imbalanced affection, Lieutenant Torres.

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Kay Shaw and Zachary Fruhling scratch the Vulcan seven-year itch with a character analysis of Ensign Vorik, including his internalization of Tom Paris's 20th-century advice not to lose one's Vulcan cool.  


Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
That Vulcan petaQ! (00:01:53) 
Vorik or Taurik (00:06:17) 
Vulcan Grunt (00:10:15) 
Youth or Just a Loose Cannon? (00:17:08) 
Meditation Club (00:21:37) 
Coming of Age (00:26:16) 
Klingon Trust Falls (00:32:13) 
Do You Accept? (00:38:07) 
Pushing the Envelope (00:41:55) 
Secret Platonic Man Crush (00:45:10) 
Vulcan Romance (00:49:55) 
Closing (00:51:55)  

Hosts 
Kay Shaw and Zachary Fruhling  

Production 
Kay Shaw (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-226.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:53am MDT

"Pathfinder" Commentary.  

Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation were treated to not just one, but two, Next Generation cast members reprising their roles in the sixth-season episode of Star Trek: Voyager, "Pathfinder": Dwight Schultz as the nervous but endearing Lieutenant Reginald Barclay, and Marina Sirtis as Counselor Deanna Troi.  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Kay Shaw sit down together for a "Pathfinder" audio commentary while fellow To The Journey host Suzanne Williamson is temporarily lost in some holographic fantasy along with Lieutenant Barclay and Commander Chakotay (who, coincidentally, forgoes a Starfleet uniform in favor of his Maquis leather, both in Lieutenant Barclay's holographic fantasy, and in Suzanne's).  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
First Thoughts (00:01:55) 
Commentary (00:03:37) 
Final Thoughts (00:46:56) 
Closing (00:54:39)  

Hosts 
Zachary Fruhling and Kay Shaw  

Production 
Kay Shaw (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-225.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

The Void.  

With Voyager trapped inside a region of space absent of any matter, and under threat of siege by numerous alien vessels, Captain Janeway goes recruiting to form a mini-Federation alliance with the captains of some of the alien vessels, to pool their resources, to provide for their mutual protection, and to increase their collective chances of returning to normal space.  


In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Kay Shaw and Zachary Fruhling are joined by Trek.fm content manager Justin Oser as they spread the good news of Captain Janeway's budding alliance in their discussion of the seventh-season Voyager episode "The Void."


Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Filling 'The Void' (00:01:54) 
Higher Stakes (00:05:09) 
Curtains and Masterchef (00:10:36) 
Sticking to Our Principles (00:13:26) 
A Fragile Alliance (00:19:23) 
A Good Concept for the Whole Show? (00:26:31) 
Fantome and Co. (00:30:56) 
Structure vs. Chaos (00:37:47) 
Time for a Sermon (00:44:32) 
Unshakeable Faith (00:49:23) 
Final Thoughts (00:53:52) 
Closing (00:58:09)  

Hosts 
Kay Shaw and Zachary Fruhling  

Guests 
Justin Oser  

Production 
Kay Shaw (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-224.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MDT



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