To The Journey 83: Up Against a Wall

Janeway's Worst Command Decisions.

With four pips comes enormous responsibility. This is an attribute that all of the captains in Star Trek, from James T. Kirk to Benjamin Sisko, have come to understand. The well-being of the crew and ship hangs in the balance with every decision made. Actions will affect not only the crew, but possibly impact entire civilizations—or in Captain Kathryn Janeway's case, an entire quadrant. Janeway faced this task without the help or, perhaps at times, the hindrance of Starfleet Command and the Federation. While she did perform well under pressure most of the time, she is human and therefore fallible. Did Captain Janeway accomplish the most favorable outcome for Voyager and her crew or was the Delta Quadrant truly her Kobayashi Maru?

In this episode of To The Journey, Charlynn and Tristan discuss which of Janeway's command decisions were amongst her worst or most questionable. Should she have booted Neelix from the ship at the end of "Caretaker?" Was giving the Hirogen holographic technology Janeway's only option for ending the conflict in "The Killing Game"? Listen on and find out what Char and Tristan think of these moments and more.

Direct download: ttj-083.mp3
Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

To The Journey 82: Mom Jeans

Persistence of Vision Commentary.

In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan break out the coffee ice cream and do a commentary for Season Two's "Persistence of Vision." Topics include the numerous times The Doctor got shrunk, Neelix's meal serving schedule, Chakotay's disappearance in the turbolift, the numerous angles in which we see the Bun of Steel, and, of course, Torres's "sweet dream" of making out with Chakotay and how that wasn't awkward or weird at all. They aren't sure, but this might have all been a hallucination.

Direct download: ttj-082.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

To The Journey 81: Extreme Lower Back

Ultimate Season Six Marathon.

It's a lazy Sunday afternoon. You have absolutely nothing to do, nowhere to be. How do you spend this time? Chances are, you do what Char and Tristan do, and that is watch several episodes of Star Trek. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan talk about which episodes they would pick for an ultimate Voyager Season Six marathon. Their picks aren't necessarily their favorites, nor are they in any particular order. Instead, they are selections for a superior marathon overall. Which episodes made their lists? Listen on and find out.

Direct download: ttj-081.mp3
Category:Marathons -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

To The Journey 80: Jheri Curl Crossover

Alpha Quadrant Characters/Actors.

For a ship that was stuck in the Delta Quadrant, Voyager had a decent amount of crossover with characters we knew in the Alpha Quadrant. On top of that, Star Trek often used a roster of regular guest actors for both one-off roles and recurring appearances. Some of these faces familiar to us were well-known at the time while others' careers took off after appearing on Star Trek. Some are known because they were on Star Trek! In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan discuss Alpha Quadrant actors and characters they wish would have made an appearance on Star Trek: Voyager. Which actor from Babylon 5 did Char want to see on Voyager? How would Tristan have put an X-Files actor on the show? Listen on and find out.

Direct download: ttj-080.mp3
Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

To The Journey 79: Neelix Lost his Shoes

Displaced Rewrite.

Not all Voyager episodes are winners. Some are downright ugly and others are forgettably mediocre. Season Three's "Displaced" fits the latter, and in this episode of To The Journey Charlynn and Tristan give this story a rewrite. Both agree that the episode needed better action sequences and more of them, but differ on who should save the ship. Did Char appreciate the rarely seen "Action Chakotay!" sequences and want more of them? Did Tristan find yet another way to bring the monkey from "Resolutions" into the mix? Listen on and find out what they would have done to improved "Displaced."

Direct download: ttj-079.mp3
Category:Rewrites -- posted at: 4:45am MDT

To The Journey 78: Friendship or Death

Friendships.

In the hostile Delta Quadrant, Voyager and her crew were often on their own. This isolation not only united Starfleet and Maquis crews, but it spawned several friendships and a family dynamic that thrived throughout the series. In this episode of To The Journey, Charlynn and Tristan talk about some of their favorite friendships on Voyager including why the show should have had more Janeway and Tuvok moments, why Harry ultimately became the third wheel when romance sparked between Tom and B'Elanna, The Doctor's longing for quality time with the captain, and much more. Listen on and see if Char and Tristan mention your favorite Voyager friendship.

Direct download: ttj-078.mp3
Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

To The Journey 77: Straight From the Lizard's Mouth

Threshold Commentary. 

No Star Trek show is immune from its share of "stinker" episodes, but few are of such ill-repute that the writer eventually strikes them from canon. "Threshold" is such an episode, and despite its unpopular status among the masses, Char and Tristan actually enjoy watching it. And in this episode of To The Journey they do just that as well as comment, laugh, cry, lose tongues, spawn, and more. It's like they experience the entire universe in this one episode. Listen on and find out why Char and Tristan love to love the episode that everybody loves to hate.

Direct download: ttj-077.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 5:25am MDT

To The Journey 76: Orange Is the New Harry

Character Deaths.

Starfleet officers know that they risk death every time they put on the uniform, but some seem to face it more than others. This goes double for our beloved crew in the Delta Quadrant. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan discuss the numerous and varied ways the Voyager crew died, nearly died, or wanted to die. And no, this is not all about Harry Kim, who is often regarded as Voyager's counterpart to Kenny on South Park. In fact, Char and Tristan compile a list of how many times each character died, and the results don't tally quite as expected. Who topped the list? Who died the least? Listen on and find out.

Direct download: ttj-076.mp3
Category:General Discussion -- posted at: 9:21am MDT

To The Journey 75: Film Everything Without Janeway First

Casting Voyager with Larry Nemecek.

1994 was an incredibly busy year for Star Trek. Upon the conclusion of TNG's seventh season, the cast and crew went straight into production for Star Trek Generations. On top of that and the third season of DS9, they were also starting production on Voyager. And, as many fans know, the fallout with Genevieve Bujold added uncertainty as to whether a woman would stay in the center seat, putting other character roles in jeopardy—on a production timeline that was already behind schedule. In this episode of To The Journey, Charlynn talks with guest Larry Nemecek about the crazy circumstances that surrounded the casting of Voyager. Who was a lock for their role? Who made it in at the last minute? Listen on and find out the answer to these questions and much more.

Direct download: ttj-075.mp3
Category:Casting -- posted at: 2:45am MDT

To The Journey 74: Drone Commentary

Drone Commentary. 

In 2014, where serialized storytelling is the norm on TV, sometimes a self-contained episode is refreshing. Voyager's “Drone” fits that bill with its concise beginning, middle, and end—all in 45 satisfying minutes. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan bring you a commentary for the fifth-season episode “Drone.” We discuss 29th Century Borg attire, the merits of episodic television done right, and how Jeri Ryan’s phenomenal performance episode gives us all the feels.

Direct download: ttj-074.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:30am MDT



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