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

The Hirogen (VOY) and the Hunters (DS9: "Captive Pursuit") Comparison.  

It's clearly unethical to hunt another sentient being for sport; well, unless you are the Hirogen in Star Trek: Voyager or unless you are the Hunters in the first-season Deep Space Nine episode "Captive Pursuit." But while nicely-pressed red uniforms and glow-in-the-dark space helmets may be the hunting attire of choice for the Hunters in "Captive Pursuit" (hearkening back to the great English redcoat fox hunts of old Earth), the Hirogen took the sport of hunting to a more violent and more visceral level.  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Kay Shaw compare and contrast the tribal and nomadic Hirogen from Voyager with the more gentlemanly Tosk-hunters from the first-season Deep Space Nine episode "Captive Pursuit." Did the Hunters in Deep Space Nine provide the germ of the idea, and the model for, the more violent Hirogen in Voyager? And what is the Federation's moral responsibility to those being hunted, Tosk or otherwise, in light of the Federation's respect for the universal rights of individuals, in light of the non-interference policy of the Prime Directive, and in light of having tolerance for other cultures without those pesky human notions of morality?  

Plus, we break mid-show for a very special announcement from fellow To The Journey host, Suzanne Williamson, who has successfully sought out new life!

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
How Tosk Are You Feeling Today? (00:01:52) 
Taking All Your Internal Bits and Bobs as Trophies (00:03:40) 
Morally Different or Not? (00:08:16) 
BREAKING NEWS!!! (00:13:34) 
Non-Interference Policy (00:15:31) 
All About the Hunt, 'Bout the Hunt, No Farming (00:21:48) 
Squishy Gross Element (00:27:27) 
Top of the Food Chain (00:31:04) 
Justifying It with Logic... Again (00:34:33) 
Hirogen Epic Poetry (00:39:12) 
Illegal Gentleman Hunts (00:42:05) 
Their Whole Identity (00:46:37) 
A Justifiable Solution? (00:49:35) 
Closing (00:58:46)  

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-223.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Lieutenant Carey Character Analysis.  

Recurring character Lieutenant Joe Carey may have met an untimely demise in the seventh-season Voyager episode "Friendship One," just missing the ride back home to the Alpha Quadrant in "Endgame." But the mild-mannered Starfleet engineer, with hair ever-so-slightly reminiscent of Chief O'Brien's, made a big impression on Voyagerfans, despite appearing in relatively few episodes of Voyager.  


In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Kay Shaw, Suzanne Williamson, and Zachary Fruhling go hunting for poisoned apples and accept a friendly lunch invitation for a character analysis of fan-favorite recurring character, Lieutenant Joe Carey (after being exonerated from giving Federation technology to the Kazon, of course).  


Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
He Has An Action Figure (00:01:52) 
The Underling (00:05:04) 
The Harry Carey Band (00:09:14) 
A Tow The Line Kinda Guy? (00:15:16) 
Ulterior Motives? (00:22:27) 
I Don't Remember That in the Starfleet Manual (00:25:34) 
Not With The Enemy! (00:29:04) 
A Good Death Scene (00:34:48) 
Litverse Carey (00:41:22) 
Closing (00:45:43)  

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-222.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

The Clip Show.

Star Trek: Voyager never had a proper clip show like Star Trek: The Next Generation's infamous "Shades of Gray." But with host Suzanne Williamson recovering from the 29-hour Levodian flu down in Sickbay, fellow hosts Kay Shaw and Zachary Fruhling present To The Journey's very first clip show. Relive some of your favorite moments from To The Journey 2.0, including never-before-heard outtakes and behind-the-scenes banter from the past 30 episodes of To The Journey.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Clips Show! (00:01:55)
From Goats to Whales (00:03:41)
Vow of Silence (00:08:30)
A Very Special Time (00:09:20)
Two Nations Divided by a Common Language (00:10:08)
Thoughts on the Journey So Far (00:41:37)
Closing (00:42:48)

Hosts
Suzanne Williamson, Kay Shaw, and Zachary Fruhling

Guests
Manu Intiraymi

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-221.mp3
Category:Humor -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

Desert Island Episodes - Voyager Season 2.  

It's no secret that Zachary, Kay, and Suzanne are fans of the second season Voyagerepisode "Resolutions," especially with its Janeway/Chakotay fodder for the imagination. But there is more to season 2 of Star Trek: Voyager than "Resolutions"! From weighty life-or-death decisions in "Tuvix" to essential Chakotay backstory in "Tattoo," season 2 is where we begin to know and love the Voyager family.  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling, Kay Shaw, and Suzanne Williamson compare their top three "desert island" picks from season 2 of Star Trek: Voyager. Find out which episodes that Zachary, Kay, and Suzanne would take to their respective desert islands, forsaking all other episodes from Voyager season 2!  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to The Hotel 'Hermit Hut' (00:01:53) 
We're on the Road to Nowhere (00:04:35) 
Zachary the Latte Boy (00:08:22) 
The Spirit of the Hawk (00:16:44) 
I'm Talking with the Woman in the Mirror (00:26:51) 
Splish, Splash, I Was Takin' a Bath (00:32:35) 
You are the Wind Beneath My Wings (00:37:00) 
I Am a Man Who Walks Alone (00:43:27) 
Honorable Mentions (00:46:10) 
Closing (01:00:00)  

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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)  
Direct download: ttj-220.mp3
Category:Lists -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

The Sequel.  

When To The Journey hosts Kay Shaw, Zachary Fruhling, and Suzanne Williamson wrote their first hypothetical Voyager feature film, The Progenitors (To The Journey 198: The Progenitors), there were always plans for a sequel, especially as The Progenitors left more than a few loose ends to tie up. From the Voyager crew being stranded aboard a 29th-century time ship to the sudden and inexplicable appearance of Henry Starling, The Progenitors created more questions than it answered. In this episode of To The Journey, join Kay, Zachary, and Suzanne in the writers' room as they aim higher, go deeper, and pull no punches while crafting their Voyager sequel, The Progenitors II!  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Diving Back into the Pits of Ridiculousness (00:01:54) 
Previously on Trek.fm... The Progenitors! (00:06:48) 
The Obligatory Bartender Scene (00:18:14) 
I Would Have Gotten Away With This If It Wasn't For You Pesky Kids (00:21:42) 
V is for...  (00:26:26) 
Henry Starling Is the Spittoon (00:31:31) 
In a Fit of Enthusiasm (00:33:53) 
Like 'The Blob' (00:36:24) 
Anticipating the Feel-Good Ending (00:38:57) 
Stop Those Vaadwaur, NOW! (00:42:13) 
This Is Not Terminator (00:45:08) 
We Need a Cry Fest! (00:48:18) 
Recap and Final Thoughts (00:50:59) 
Closing (00:58:04)  

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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)  
Direct download: ttj-219.mp3
Category:Writer's Room -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

Favorite Tom Paris / EMH Moments. 

Tom Paris and The Doctor may have been an unlikely comedic duo, but over seven seasons, both in and out of sickbay, they somehow became Voyager's Odd Couple. The relationship between Tom and The Doctor, however, runs deeper than mere comedy. Beneath all of the friendly banter, and the mostly friendly ribbing, lies genuine friendship, mutual respect, and lessons in life and humanity for both Tom and The Doctor.

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson, Zachary Fruhling, and Kay Shaw share their favorite character moments between Voyager's irrepressible helmsman and its acerbic but compassionate Mark I Emergency Medical Hologram.

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Bosom Buddies (00:01:50) 
Physician, Heal Thyself (00:05:05) 
...Even Mr. Paris! (00:06:42) 
Whatever You Say, Maestro (00:07:41) 
A Great Deal of Experience Being Rejected by Women (00:09:26) 
Make a Choice Before We Lose Them Both! (00:15:34) 
I Don't Want to Leave Her (00:18:02) 
I'll Be Here Redecorating Your Office (00:21:36) 
Thirty Three Years to Come Up with "Joe"!? (00:23:01) 
Remember, Patience is a Virtue (00:24:28) 
Adjust Your Spectral Frequency (00:31:22) 
The Fetid Mudpits of Palomar (00:33:26) 
You'll Be Ready For Neurosurgery in No Time (00:37:37) 
Because of the Pain We Shared (00:42:37) 
Closing (00:46:15)  

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) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Bruce Lish (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Associate Producer) Patrick Carlin (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)  
Direct download: ttj-218.mp3
Category:Lists -- posted at: 7:00am 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



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