"Emanations" Commentary.  

What happens when we die? Is it simply "lights out"? Do we commune with our ancestors in some kind of afterlife? Or are we sucked into a subspace vacuole, swept away to decompose into a web of biopolymer residue on some backwater asteroid in a distant planetary ring system? In this episode of To The Journey, join hosts Zachary Fruhling, Kay Shaw, and Suzanne Williamson for a commentary on the first-season Voyager episode "Emanations." Join an away mission to the afterlife with Zachary, Kay, Suzanne, and Ensign Kim. But don't forget your biopolymer silk T-shirt for your debut in that big Lady Gaga concert in the sky!  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Commentary (00:03:00) 
Final Thoughts (00:48:16) 
Closing (00:51:19)  

Hosts 
Zachary Fruhling, Kay Shaw, 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) Bruce Lish (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Norman Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: ttj-202.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 6:30am MST

201: Chakotay Vice

TTJ 2.0 AMA.  

The new hosts of To The Journey get up-close and personal in this AMA "Ask Me Anything" episode of To The Journey. Kay Shaw, Zachary Fruhling, and Suzanne Williamson answer listener-submitted questions about their thoughts on various aspects of Star Trek: Voyager, including episode recommendations for first-time Voyagers and the most underappreciated Voyager episodes.   

But Voyager isn't the only topic du jour in this AMA episode of To The Journey. Find out more about the hosts' thoughts on the Star Trek franchise as a whole and about science fiction more broadly, including Star Trek's role to play in promoting progressiveness and equality. Most importantly, find out the explanation behind Kay's ever-cryptic Twitter handle "Choccoweeble."  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Bring on the Questions! (00:01:42) 
Favorite Episodes (00:01:56) 
Voyager's Ending (00:04:45) 
Progressiveness and Equality (00:06:54) 
Favorite Season (00:11:09) 
Episodes for First-Time Voyagers (00:13:52) 
Other Sci-Fi We Love (00:16:58) 
INTERMISSION!! (00:23:20) 
Who If Not Chakotay? (00:25:55) 
Seven AND Kes? (00:30:37) 
Underappreciated Episodes (00:35:11) 
DS9 & Voyager Crossovers (00:39:27) 
BBC Voyager Launch (00:45:07) 
Voyager: Elite Force (00:45:39) 
Choccoweeble? (00:47:25) 
Guilty Pleasure Episodes (00:49:30) 
Character Theme Songs (00:59:53) 
Tuvok Unhinged (01:09:30) 
Closing (01:12:24)  

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) 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-201.mp3
Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 3:00am MST

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 MST

199: Animal Guide Venn Diagram

Top Five Chakotay/B'Elanna Moments. 

Robert Beltran and Roxann Dawson may not have had much one-on-one screen time together as Cmdr. Chakotay and Lt. B'Elanna Torres. But the moments they did share on-screen were memorable and helped to establish a strong sibling-like bond between these two former members of the Maquis. From brother-sister banter to tough-love interventions, hosts Zachary Fruhling, Suzanne Williamson, and Kay Shaw compare their top five Chakotay/B'Elanna Moments in Star Trek: Voyager.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
It's a Brother and a Sister Kinda Thing (00:01:40)
Chronic Oversleeping (00:04:25)
Trying to Kill Your Animal Guide (00:07:15)
Over a Hot Cup of Pejuta (00:08:50)
The Tattooed Terror (00:11:27)
A Little Spiritual Guidance (00:14:11)
Tough Love - Doing It the Maquis Way (00:15:30)
The Mountains of the Antelope Women (00:19:39)
Fake Walking Down the Fake Aisle (00:22:31)
Quit Whining and Suck It Up (00:23:23)
Highly Qualified Klingon Wins Nobel Prize (00:25:31)
She's The Captain (00:27:08)
Do We Know Each Other? (00:29:28)
You Have Lousy Taste In Women (00:30:13)
Bad Dad Jokes (00:31:53)
Crazy or Lycanthropy? (00:33:24)
Final Thoughts (00:34:48)
Closing (00:34:44) 

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-199.mp3
Category:Lists -- posted at: 7:00am MST

198: The Progenitors

The Voyager Movie.  

Voyager fans have long yearned to see the intrepid crew of the U.S.S. Voyager grace the silver screen. In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Kay Shaw, Suzanne Williamson, and Zachary Fruhling take their first assignment together in the writers' room to craft the Voyager feature film that never was, but which might have been and perhaps could one day be. Join the Voyager crew as they journey back into the unknown to explore even stranger new worlds and come together once again as a family, against impossible odds and amid surprising revelations about Voyager's role in the cosmos.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Initial Thoughts (00:03:19) 
Setting the Scene (00:04:06) 
To Borg or Not to Borg? (00:09:56) 
Strange New Worlds (00:13:32) 
Something Weird Happens (00:17:14) 
One Crew (00:20:38) 
Sciencing the Science (00:22:43) 
Setting Up the Sequel (00:25:53) 
Stuff Happens in the Middle (00:27:02) 
You Told Them About the Statues? (00:31:29) 
In a World.... (00:35:29) 
Cosimo's Coffee Substitute (00:38:00) 
Nanoprobes (00:40:08) 
Role Reversals (00:44:12) 
And Jeffrey Combs as.... (00:47:21) 
Recap and Final Thoughts (00:49:47) 
Closing (00:53:26)  

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) 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-198.mp3
Category:Writer's Room -- posted at: 7:00am MST

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 MST

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 MST

195: Without the Hot Pants

Top Five Doctor/Seven Moments.  

The character interaction between The Doctor and Seven of Nine provided some of the most charming, the most amusing, and the sweetest moments in all of Star Trek: Voyager. In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Kay Shaw, Zachary Fruhling, and Suzanne Williamson compare their top five Doctor/Seven moments. From duets to first dates, and from synthehol tolerance to portraiture, Kay, Zachary, and Suzanne share 30,000 gigaquads of research data on the compatibility of a Borg and a hologram.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
A Former Borg and a Hologram Walk Into a Bar (00:02:03) 
You Are My Sunshine (00:04:33) 
You've Got Fan Mail (00:10:32) 
To Shared Experiences (00:13:28) 
'ej HunmtaH 'ej DechtaH 'Iw (00:15:22) 
Draw Me Like One of Your French Girls (00:16:40) 
We Are As One (00:19:28) 
Your Cognitive Algorithms Are Malfunctioning (00:21:10) 
Procreating By Transporter Accident (00:22:21) 
Survival Is Insufficient (00:23:18) 
Have A Pleasant Day (00:25:26) 
Irrelevant. I Am Borg (00:27:14) 
Catching The Fake Bouquet (00:28:30) 
Final Thoughts (00:29:57) 
Closing (00:32:14)  

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) 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-195.mp3
Category:Lists -- posted at: 7:00am MST

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 MST

193: Holodecking the Halls

Prixin Wishlists.  

It's holiday season at Trek.fm, and on To The Journey that can mean only one thing—it's Prixin time! In this special holiday episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling, Kay Shaw, and Suzanne Williamson create Prixin wishlists for the Voyager crew. From Captain Janeway and Commander Chakotay, down the ranks to Ensign Kim and beyond, find out what each member of the Voyager crew secretly wants for the holidays!  

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00) 
Prixin Wishlists (00:02:17) 
Captain Janeway (00:03:07) 
Chakotay (00:10:00) 
Tuvok (00:15:50) 
B'Elanna Torres (00:24:24) 
The Doctor (00:29.37) 
Tom Paris (00:36:45) 
Kes (00:42:51) 
Harry Kim (00:46:59) 
Neelix (00:49:38) 
Seska (00:54:44) 
Honorable Mentions (00:56:14) 
Closing (00:59:59)  

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-193.mp3
Category:Holiday Message -- posted at: 7:00am MST



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