179: Mic Whip

"Bride of Chaotica! Commentary.

One of the most incredible parts of the convention experience is the cosplay, whether putting a costume together yourself or simply admiring the craftiness of others. With Star Trek Las Vegas still on their brains, Char and Tristan thought it was finally time they tackled a commentary of "Bride of Chaotica!" That way, they could talk about some of the incredible cosplay they saw at STLV that was inspired by this episode, and discuss which character(s) from Captain Proton they'd choose if they were dressing up. And, in the midst of Captain Janeway burying herself in the part of Queen Arachnia, Char and Tristan could justify talking incessantly about Kate Mulgrew's prowess — not that they need a reason for that, but a convenient segue doesn't hurt. So queue up this Voyager fan favorite and listen as Char and Tristan talk about why they appreciate this episode so much.

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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 10:44am MDT

178: Viva TTJ

Star Trek Las Vegas.

Every year around the first weekend in August, the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is taken over with people dressed in Starfleet uniforms from every era, as well as Andorians, Klingons, Tellariates....and even Fear?! Ohh my! Star Trek Las Vegas takes the honor of being the largest Star Trek convention in the world, and this year was even bigger thanks to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the original series. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan report live with guest Matt Hansen from The Nerd Party about the whirlwind time they had at Star Trek Las Vegas. They discuss what it was like when they met in person for the first time, the panels they attended, and the favorite things they experienced while at the convention. Even if you were at the convention yourself, this is an episode you don't want to miss!

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Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt

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Matt Hansen

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Charlynn Schmiedt

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Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

177: Candy Corn

"Time and Again" rewrite.

The Voyager episode "Time and Again" does not stand out by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it is forgettable — and you *can* forget about it because in the end, the events that occur in the story are reset by mucking about with time! In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan give "Time and Again" some love and think of ways they could improve the story and make it more noteworthy.

Char and Tristan will be at Star Trek Las Vegas next week! Not only will they record an episode of TTJ in person for the first time, but they will also be contestants on the Super BridgeMates panel happening at 12:30 p.m. on August 5 on the Roddenberry stage. Please join us if you will be at the convention!

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Category:Rewrites -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

176: Jeri Taylor Lovefest

Working in the Writer's Room.

From the very beginning Voyager was loaded with potential, which was sadly not used to the fullest extent onscreen. On the bright side, it left fans like Char and Tristan a plethora of untapped possibilities to explore. In fact, episode rewrites and original stories that resolve loose threads have become To the Journey staples! In this episode, Char and Tristan transport themselves to the writer's room at Paramount Studios in 1996, when Jeri Taylor was in charge of Voyager. As wunderkinds who managed to finagle their way into the writer's room, Char and Tristan have some influence in guiding the direction of the show during the third season. What sort of things do they pitch to the staff, who is likeliest to shoot them down, and just how much do they suck up to Jeri Taylor? Tune in and find out.

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Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 11:35am MDT

175: Homemade Voyager Fleece

Tom Paris Marathon.

It's a crisp Sunday in October. The coffee's ready, the blankets are out, and Netflix is calling your name. It's time for a Voyager marathon.

Longtime To The Journey listeners know how much Char and Tristan love creating five-episode marathons. So it should come as no surprise that in this episode, they resurrect the character-based marathon series they started tens of episodes ago and create a marathon centered around their favorite Tom Paris moments. Listen on and find out if your picks made their lineups.

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Category:Marathons -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

174: Grand Theft Starship

Writing TNG's "The Game" into Voyager.

Addiction is a powerful and potentially destructive thing. We saw just how quickly the cycle can start (and spread) in The Next Generation's "The Game," where a seemingly innocent game from Risa turned into a mind control ploy as a way of taking over the Enterprise. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan take the story from "The Game" and rewrite it into the Voyager paradigm. Without a Starfleet Academy cadet and a young Ashley Judd aboard, who will save the ship? Tune in and find out.

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Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt

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Tristan Riddell

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

173: Architect of Joy

Bryan Fuller.

When the news broke that Bryan Fuller was named the showrunner for the new Star Trek series set to debut in 2017, fan reaction was highly positive. Not only do Trek fans know of Fuller as someone who broke into Hollywood with a spec script for Deep Space Nine, but he wrote several episodes of Voyager and worked his way up to becoming a co-producer by the seventh season. Since then, Fuller has only continued to build a positive reputation as a producer with shows such as Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, and Hannibal. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan discuss Fuller's contribution to Voyager as a writer and how those episodes might provide hints as to what we can expect from Fuller as the showrunner of the newest Trek series.

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Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt

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Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 12:00pm MDT

172: You Can Borrow My Body

"Endgame" Commentary.

After 172 episodes over the course of seven years, Voyager finished its journey and made it home. For To The Journey, it's been three and a half years and also 172 episodes. To commemorate this milestone, Char and Tristan deemed an "Endgame" commentary as an appropriate celebration. They start out drinking tea, but promptly switch to coffee when they realize how wrong it was that they were drinking tea in the first place (that's Earl Grey's territory). Char and Tristan consider many topics during this commentary, such as the awesome prospect of how certain Voyager characters could make it on the new series set to debut in 2017. Just who do they believe really should have died in "Endgame?" Also, they discuss how the cast and crew felt as the show they worked on for seven years came to a close. And what exactly was that type of shuttlecraft, anyway? Catch this and much more in this episode of To The Journey.

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Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt

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Tristan Riddell

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Charlynn Schmiedt

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Charlynn Schmiedt, Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, and C. Bryan Jones

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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

171: The One Where B'Elanna Goes to Hell

Episodes that Exceeded Their Potential.

Have you ever cringed at those one-sentence episode summaries on Memory Alpha or Netflix? You are not alone. Sometimes they break down the plot so simplistically that the summary makes the episode sound boring, cliche, or downright bad. Sometimes they barely describe the plot at all. The lesson to be learned here is that one should not judge an episode based on these descriptions.

In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan take that lesson to heart and list their top five episodes that exceed their potential. On paper, the plots of these episodes might not sound enticing, but they shined on screen. Some that made the list are fan favorites. Others are highly overlooked. All of them excelled as episodes of Voyager.

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Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt

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Tristan Riddell

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Charlynn Schmiedt

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Charlynn Schmiedt, Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, and C. Bryan Jones

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Kenneth Trip, Jamie Duce, Bruce Lish, Dante Hopkins, and Brian Beliso

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Richard Marquez

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Category:Lists -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

170: The Promotion

Voyager Mirror Universe Story.

Gather around everyone, it is time for another round of Voyager story time. In this episode of To the Journey, Char and Tristan return to the Voyager Mirror Universe they created. It is a crazy world where Ensign Kim feels entitled to power as a descendant of Empress Sato, and Captain Janeway shamelessly plays with the emotions of her first officer in the name of reaching the Alpha Quadrant just a second sooner. In this chapter things get a little bit bloody. Members of the engineering team are being killed off and all signs point to Chief Engineer Torres as the culprit. Is she innocent or is she being framed? Tune in and find out what Tuvok uncovers in his investigation.

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Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt

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Tristan Riddell

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Charlynn Schmiedt

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Charlynn Schmiedt, Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, and C. Bryan Jones

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Kenneth Trip, Jamie Duce, Bruce Lish, and Dante Hopkins

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Richard Marquez

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Category:Writer's Room -- posted at: 9:00am MDT



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