To The Journey 93: Channeling the Mulgrew

Ultimate Season Seven Marathon.

When Voyager entered its seventh season, it was accepted that it would be the show's last. With both TNG and DS9 setting the precedent for a seven season run, Voyager naturally followed suit. The season was fraught, however, with ups and downs — in part due to several years and hundreds of episodes of Star Trek that had aired by this time. Then there was also the specter of Enterprise already on the horizon. In the end, season seven as a whole felt weaker in comparison to some of its predecessors and didn't bestow the swan song that most fans were looking for.

In this last installment of To The Journey's ultimate season marathon series, Char and Tristan reveal their picks for a Voyager Season Seven marathon. As TNG said, "All good things must come to an end."

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Chapters
Half-Bad (2:13)
Discrimination (9:31)
Things Change (14:27)
Trilogy (26:14)
Feel the Weight (30:03)
The Listeners are Wrong (38:50)
 
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Direct download: ttj-093.mp3
Category:Marathons -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

To The Journey 92: BA XO

Most Memorable One-Liners.

One thing all Star Trek fans can agree on is that each show has its fair share of brilliant one-liners. Whether it's profound words coming from Spock or a snarky retort from The Doctor, every series has a variety of notable quotes. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan divulge just a few of the Voyager one-liners they consider the most enduring. In the interest of keeping the podcast at its usual length, they stopped at five apiece, but could have easily traded examples of the witty remarks all day.

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Chapters
Tristan's First Pick (2:47)
Char's First Pick (5:51)
Tristan's Second Pick (7:35)
Char's Second Pick (10:23)
Tristan's Third Pick (12:20)
Char's Third Pick (13:52)
Tristan's Fourth Pick (15:06)
Char's Fourth Pick (17:10)
Tristan's Fifth Pick (19:45)
Cheating (20:52)
Char's Fifth Pick (22:02)
Honorable Mentions (23:59)
 
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Direct download: ttj-092.mp3
Category:Lists -- posted at: 6:00am MDT

To The Journey 91: More Hot Pockets!
Cast Crossovers.
 
Characters crossing over from one Star Trek show to the next happened rarely, but it did happen—even to the point of bringing well-established characters from one show and turning them into main characters on another. For instance, both Miles O'Brien and Worf jumped from TNG to DS9 and became pivotal characters, with more depth as a result. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan contemplate who they would have brought from TNG or DS9 onto Voyager and how that change would affect the Star Trek universe at large. No matter the scenario, crossover potential is huge, so listen on as Char and Tristan explore the possibilities.
 
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Chapters
Delta Rising (1:29)
Char's Pick (7:20)
Tristan's Wrong Pick (15:37)
Tristan's Right Pick (19:57)
Alternate (29:09)
 
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Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

To The Journey 90: Heartbreaking

Voyager's Saddest Moments. 

Char and Tristan enjoy talking the lighter side of Voyager; the show certainly had its fair share of witty and comedic moments. But as we know, along with the laughs, heartbreaking occasions are never too far behind. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan discuss the segments on Voyager that were among the most heart-wrenching in the series. Listen on and find out which scenes made their hearts ache, which character moments gave them an overwhelming rush of feels, and which episodes in general they thought would make even a Vulcan cry.

 

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Chapters

Avoidance (2:03)

Can't Handle It (7:24)

Juxtaposition (15:33)

Tear Jerk (20:55)

Uncle Frank (27:12)

Red (33:47)

Direct download: ttj-090.mp3
Category:Lists -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

To The Journey 89: Amnesia Love Story

Unforgettable Rewrite.

Chakotay-centric episodes rarely make fans' lists of favorites. Whether it's the writing, story, or the performance, they just don't stand out. For Char and Tristan, the ill-designated "Unforgettable" from Season Four tends to be just the opposite of what the title implies. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan share their thoughts on how they would make "Unforgettable" a bit more indelible. Listen on and find out what they liked, what they didn't, and how they would bolster this episode so that it would live up to its title.

 

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Chapters

Summary (2:19)

Beltran Liked it (6:00)

Not the Best Luck (11:01)

Anything Else (15:42)

If I Leave (20:53)

Stay (25:30)

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Category:Rewrites -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

To The Journey 88: Eddy from Boston

Real Life Commentary. 

No matter the situation, having a family comes with challenges. The Doctor finds this out when he creates a holographic family and plunges right into family life. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan watch as B'Elanna visits The Doctor's family and is sickened by its saccharine-sweet harmony. She reprograms the family's subroutines into something more "realistic," involving wretched Klingon music, crying kids, and life-ending injuries. Listen on and find out if Char and Tristan think what happens in this episode is an accurate portrayal of family life and whether or not they'd like to live in The Doctor's artsy suburban house on the Holodeck.

 

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Chapters

Hit Play (2:30)

Mr. Exposition (7:02)

Jerk Move (14:40)

Focus More (22:06)

You Smell Good (30:15)

Warn Down (38:13)

Ford (43:02)

Direct download: ttj-088.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

To the Journey 87: Timmy Likes Phasers

Introducing Kids to Voyager.

When asking fellow fans how long they've been watching Star Trek, "I've been watching it since I was a kid" is a common response. Many of us became cognizant of Star Trek when we were quite young. The franchise means a great deal to us as we grew up with it. Now those of us with children are introducing Star Trek to our kids, in hopes of propagating the next generation of Star Trek fans. 

In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan take a suggestion from a listener and name the top five episodes of Voyager they would show to a young child, in hopes that they would be intrigued and entertained but not be subjected to content that would push the rating above PG.

 

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Chapters

I Think He Likes It (3:04)

Story Time (7:15)

Maybe Boring (11:14)

Pick Me Up (15:59)

Fun for Adults (20:53)

Direct download: ttj-087.mp3
Category:Lists -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

To The Journey 86: Slowly Adding the Grit

Voyager in Today's TV Environment.

When Voyager premiered in 1995, it launched with the fanfare of the much-hyped United Paramount Network. Almost 20 years later, UPN is now defunct and the landscape of television production has changed drastically. Major networks must not only compete with cable, but also with streaming services, such as Netflix, that have added a new dimension of how, when, and which shows are available to the masses. 

In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan discuss how Voyager might look and feel had it never aired in 1995 and was being produced for a 2015 release instead. They ponder the differences between how a major broadcasting company might produce the show compared to a cable network like AMC. They also imagine how fans would rabidly binge-watch a new Trek show on Netflix and how this would benefit the Star Trek community at large. Listen and find out if Char and Tristan think that the success of Cosmos would help a Star Trek series return to network TV, or if Voyager would have been in better company in the sexy and violent realms of HBO and Cinemax.

 

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Broadcast (5:13)

Cable (14:31)

 

Streaming (26:49)

Direct download: ttj-086.mp3
Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

To The Journey 85: Pwning the Voyager

Rumored Voyager Episode Ideas.

People will say anything on the Internet. That's its beauty and its downfall. It's also why it's rarely wise to believe everything you read—because most of it probably isn't completely true. However, in this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan ignore their better instincts and discuss a list of rumored Voyager episode ideas that circulated the Internet in 1997 and 1998. Some ideas sound vaguely familiar, probably because they did eventually turn into aired episodes. For others, Char and Tristan are glad the writers dropped the notion. Still, the list includes a couple of gems that didn't make it on the show; and that's just tragic. Listen on and find out what the Voyager writers might have been considering for episodes in Seasons Three and Four.

 

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Chapters

Sounds Familiar (3:48)

Blue on Blue (4:28)

Revolution (6:44)

Black Hole Sun (8:30) 

Rabbit Hole (9:54)

Just, no. (14:07)

On the Bounty (16:19)

Tight Spot (18:39)

You Have No Idea (19:17)

Circle of Trust (22:09)

P-O'd (23:48)

Her? (27:39)

Hackers (29:09)

Evil (32:05)

Direct download: ttj-085.mp3
Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 6:00am MDT

To the Journey 84: Even Nerds Can Be Fit

Voyager as the "Soundtrack to Your Life."

Star Trek fans are well known for their loyalty to the franchise, and their devotion is a part of why the shows still have life today. Many fans started watching some incarnation of Trek at a young age and will remain fans for life. Tristan and Char are no different, and in this episode of To The Journey they talk about how their teenage years were influenced by Voyager. We discuss some of our favorite memories of how Voyager came to be intertwined with their life experiences (and vice-versa) and became a part of the "soundtrack to their lives." Listen on and hear about how "Threshold" influenced Char's life (no, really), find out which episode resonates with Tristan as the point when he knew he was locked in as a Trek fan, and much more.

Direct download: ttj-084.mp3
Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 5:00am MDT



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