To The Journey 130: Dust to Dust

"Ashes to Ashes" Rewrite.

Hey, do you remember that ensign who died three years ago? No? It's okay, neither do we. But guess what, she's back! And she looks nothing like her former self! What the heck is going on? 

The above is the essential premise for "Ashes to Ashes," a Voyager Season Six story that had several interesting ideas behind it, but fell short of its potential. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan rewrite "Ashes to Ashes" and reveal how they would take this kernel of an idea and make it pop into something with more drama, emotion, and overall intrigue.

 

Hosts

Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Editor

Tristan Riddell

 

Producer

Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Executive Producers

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

 

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Kenneth Trip , Jamie Duce and Aaron Harvey

 

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Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

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Direct download: ttj-130.mp3
Category:Rewrites -- posted at: 5:33pm MDT

To The Journey 129: Alien Love

Top Five Tom/B'Elanna Moments.

Some couples were simply meant to be. That was the case for Tom and B'Elanna on Voyager, where a series of innocent flirtations eventually blossomed into a beautiful marriage that eventually included a child. It was one of the few couplings in Star Trek that was built to last and portrayed with realism. From hot 'n steamy romance to standing by their commitment to one another, Tom and B'Elanna had several relationship moments that fans enjoy. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan pare their favorite Paris/Torres moments down to just five and discuss them.

 

Hosts

Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Editor

Tristan Riddell

 

Producer

Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Executive Producers

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

 

Associate Producers

Kenneth Trip , Jamie Duce and Aaron Harvey

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

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Direct download: ttj-129.mp3
Category:Lists -- posted at: 7:26pm MDT

To The Journey 128: That or Nothing

"Rise" Commentary.

In this episode of To The Journey, Tristan and Char deliver a commentary on the often forgotten Season Three episode "Rise." From the moment Tuvok and Neelix met in "Caretaker," it was painfully obvious how different the two characters were. Tuvok was driven by logic and discipline, as is the Vulcan way. Neelix, however, often worked on gut instinct and had no problem improvising when necessary. Naturally, these differences caused friction when they worked together, such as in this episode. Who gets the last word? Listen on and find out.  

 

Hosts

Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Editor

Tristan Riddell

 

Producer

Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Executive Producers

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

 

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Kenneth Trip , Jamie Duce and Aaron Harvey

 

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Richard Marquez

 

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Will Nguyen

 

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Direct download: ttj-128.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:59pm MDT

To The Journey 127: Somebody's Nephew

Essential Voyager.

The episodic television format has its strengths and weaknesses. The advantage is that the viewer can tune into just about any episode, any time and enjoy it without having to know what happened in previous installments. The downside being that it's harder to build momentum with self-contained episodes. That means that some episodes will shine, while others downright stink. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan rip a page out of Standard Orbit's book and determine which episodes of Voyager Season One are required viewing. One by one, they review each episode and determine if it's vital Voyager or a waste of time. Listen on and find out how many episodes Char and Tristan kept or tossed out the airlock.

 

Hosts

Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Editor

Tristan Riddell

 

Producer

Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Executive Producers

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

 

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Kenneth Trip , Jamie Duce and Aaron Harvey

 

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Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

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Category:Essential Voyager -- posted at: 9:24pm MDT

To The Journey 126: State the Nature

Writer's Room.

It's time again to break out the white board, erase it clean, and write another story on the fly! Join Tristan and Char in the writer's room as they break an episode featuring Kes, as voted on by TTJ listeners on Facebook and Twitter. With no preparation prior to recording, Char and Tristan develop a full five-act episode on the spot. Listen on, see how they did in the heat of the moment, and find out what sort of adventure they concocted for Voyager's resident Ocampan.

 

Hosts

Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Editor

Tristan Riddell

 

Producer

Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Executive Producers

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

 

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Kenneth Trip , Jamie Duce and Aaron Harvey

 

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Richard Marquez

 

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Will Nguyen

 

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Direct download: ttj-126.mp3
Category:Writer's Room -- posted at: 5:49pm MDT

To The Journey 125: Cheater, Cheater

Top Five Season Four Moments. 

Countless fans consider Voyager's fourth season the series' finest. With impressive installments such as "Message in a Bottle" and "Hope and Fear" and amazing two-parters like "Year of Hell" and "The Killing Game," it's no shock that Char and Tristan agonized over their lists of top Season Four moments from Voyager and miraculously narrowed their picks down to five* in this episode of To The Journey. Listen on and find out if your favorites made it to their final cut.

* Some cheating was allowed.

 

Hosts

Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Editor

Tristan Riddell

 

Producer

Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Executive Producers

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

 

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Kenneth Trip , Jamie Duce and Aaron Harvey

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

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Will Nguyen

 

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Direct download: ttj-125.mp3
Category:Lists, -- posted at: 9:05pm MDT

To The Journey 124: Coffee Ice Cream

"Extreme Risk" Rewrite.

When Char and Tristan choose an episode that deserves a rewrite, it's usually an episode with untapped potential. This time, things are different. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan rewrite "Extreme Risk" with one major change: Janeway takes B'Elanna's place as the character who's numbed from depression. Since Janeway was dealing with depression in "Night," Voyager's Season Five opener, it seemed natural fit to continue the storyline. "Extreme Risk" was an excellent episode as produced, so how much really changes when a different character has to deal with the same set of circumstances? Listen on and find out.

 

Hosts

Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Editor

Tristan Riddell

 

Producer

Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Executive Producers

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

 

Associate Producers

Kenneth Trip , Jamie Duce and Aaron Harvey

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

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Direct download: ttj-124.mp3
Category:Rewrites -- posted at: 8:59pm MDT

To The Journey 123: Something You Assimilated

What if Janeway Died, Part II.

WE LOVE JANEWAY! She is our captain! Please read on and listen.

Losing a main character on a Trek series is no small matter, but losing a captain would have been doubly problematic, had it happened. That's why Char and Tristan speculated what would have happened if Janeway had died in To The Journey 113, "Harry Gets Promoted." However, they only got through Season Three, which leaves four more years of "what ifs" to ponder. Have tissues at the ready, because in this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan pick up where they left off in TTJ 113 and discuss areas of seasons 5-7 where Janeway could have died and why. 

 

Hosts

Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Editor

Tristan Riddell

 

Producer

Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Executive Producers

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

 

Associate Producers

Kenneth Trip , Jamie Duce and Aaron Harvey

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Sit Down(00:06:14)

One Day More (00:17:25)

Up There (00:24:19)

Hopeless (00:31:20)

Previously(00:36:20)

 

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Category:What If -- posted at: 3:27pm MDT

To The Journey 122: Ohhhh My!

"Flashback" Commentary.

It's always sorrowful when we lose another member of the Trek family. When it happens, we pause to reflect and appreciate that person's contribution to the Star Trek universe. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan celebrate the life of Grace Lee Whitney, who died on May 1, 2015. She made her last appearance as Janice Rand on the Voyager Season Three episode "Flashback." Queue up the episode and watch along as Char and Tristan provide commentary.

 

Hosts

Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Editor

Tristan Riddell

 

Producer

Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Executive Producers

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

 

Associate Producers

Kenneth Trip , Jamie Duce and Aaron Harvey

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Hit Play (00:03:57)

Bye (00:07:14)

Hoopla (00:14:20)

Break (00:24:12)

More of it (00:36:52)

Who Knows? (00:39:49)

Ford (00:42:09)

Next Week (00:55:37)

 

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Direct download: ttj-122.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 1:00pm MDT

To The Journey 121: Be Informed

"Emanations" and "Half a Life" Comparison.

We often watch Star Trek because it makes us ponder heavy topics. Certain episodes drive us to consider how we feel about life after death and the treatment of our elders as they require more help from others. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan discuss these themes as they compare Voyager's "Emanations" with TNG's "Half a Life." Each episode deals with ritual suicide from a slightly different angle. Listen on and find out what Char and Tristan think of these episodes, the messages contained therein, and whether they prefer one episode over the other.

For more information:

- Coping with a terminal illness: http://www.nhs.uk/Planners/end-of-life-care/Pages/coping-with-a-terminal-illness.aspx

- Alzheimer's Disease: http://www.alz.org/

- Suicide prevention: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

- Dealing with the death of a loved one: http://www.muchloved.com/gateway/death-of-a-loved-one.htm

 - Coping with suicide loss: https://www.afsp.org/coping-with-suicide-loss

- Writing a will: http://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/articles/2007/11/12/how-to-write-a-will-online

- Notarizing a will: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/executing-will.html

 

Hosts

Tristan Riddell and Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Editor

Tristan Riddell

 

Producer

Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Associate Producers

Kenneth Trip, Jamie Duce and Aaron Harvey

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Green (00:04:00)

Holding out (00:06:51)

Take it Back (00:20:30)

Prevent (00:24:33)

Fail (00:35:45)

Urban (00:40:18)

Next Week (00:46:45)

 

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Direct download: ttj-121.mp3
Category:Comparison -- posted at: 10:25am MDT



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