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Zachary Fruhling
Philosopher, logician, instructional designer, host of "Meta Treks: A Star Trek Philosophy Podcast" and "To The Journey" on Trek.fm
Philosopher, logician, instructional designer, host of "Meta Treks: A Star Trek Philosophy Podcast" and "To The Journey" on Trek.fm
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New To The Journey!
“Large Lung Donor Pool”
Non-Doctor/Seven Episodes in Seasons Five through Seven.

Seasons five through seven of Star Trek: Voyager are known for their many memorable episodes featuring the great on-screen chemistry and friendship of Robert Picardo and Jeri Ryan as The Doctor and Seven of Nine, so much so that one might naturally think that seasons five through seven are really just the Doctor/Seven show! In this episode of To The Journey, however, hosts Suzanne Williamson, Kay Shaw, and Zachary Fruhling go in search of their favorite non-Doctor/Seven episodes from the last three seasons of Star Trek: Voyager.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Not Just The Doctor/Seven Show (00:01:53)
Time Travelling with Zima (00:03:25)
Harry Grows a Pair (00:08:45)
Praaaaaaax!! (00:16:35)
Sky People Action Figures (00:22:30)
Klingons are Chekov (00:25:42)
Feeling Meta Tonight (00:29:48)
Baking with a Set Square (00:31:00)
A Soldier AND a Philosopher (00:36:50)
A Better Ending (00:41:31)
A Holy Time of Awakening (00:46:19)
Honorable Mentions (00:49:11)
Closing (00:54:41)

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“Chakotay Is Carol”
We Need to Talk about Chakotay.

Unquestionably the character of Commander Chakotay was underutilized in Star Trek: Voyager. But beyond merely being underutilized, some Star Trek fans have developed a form of loathing for Commander Chakotay, partly because of his nonplussed demeanor and partly because of his amalgam of stereotypes about Native American beliefs and spirituality. In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling, Kay Shaw, and Suzanne Williamson come racing to Commander Chakotay's defense with a discussion of what they love about, and what was done right with Voyager's intrepid first officer.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
The Man in Black (00:01:55)
She Didn't Know That He Liked Dante (00:07:00)
Lost, or Found? (00:12:32)
A Mashup of Han Solo and Indiana Jones (00:18:48)
Jack of All Trades (00:25:13)
Seska Is Very Questionable (00:30:43)
Maybe We're All Chakotay (00:36:42)
Closing (00:44:22)

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"Temporal Swimlanes"
"Year of Hell" Commentary.

The two-part episode "Year of Hell" is taken by many to be one of the highlights of season four of Star Trek: Voyager, if not of the entire Voyager series. From memorable moments with a certain replicated pocket watch to Annorax's Captain Ahab-like quest against time itself, "Year of Hell" shows the strength of the Voyager crew as a family, even in Voyager's darkest hours (the Voyager reset button aside). Switch on your temporal shielding and join hosts Kay Shaw, Zachary Fruhling, and Suzanne Williamson in this episode of To The Journey for an audio commentary on "Year of Hell," parts I and II.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Initial Thoughts (00:01:53)
Commentary Part I (00:04:55)
Commentary Part II (00:51:13)
Final Thoughts (01:36:48)
Closing (01:40:03)

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“Carbonated Gagh”
Prixmas Potluck.

Prixmas season is a time for merriment, Talaxian cheerfulness, and (of course) food! In this special holiday episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson, Zachary Fruhling, and Kay Shaw attend the Voyager Prixmas potluck in search of the crew's favorite Alpha Quadrant and Delta Quadrant holiday potluck dishes. Find out what the Voyager crew would bring for a little taste of home in the Delta Quadrant. Also, we solve the mystery of how exactly it's possible to burn food in the replicator.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Merry Happy Prixmas (00:01:53)
Her Favorite Food (00:02:43)
Burnt with Love (00:10:37)
A Smorgas-borg (00:19:30)
Captain Proton Rocket Grill (00:24:41)
"It Tastes Good!" (00:29:13)
Womaning the Pancake Station (00:34:00)
Harry Dim Sum (00:38:41)
Closing (00:44:50)

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“Neelix Interruptus”
Desert Island Episodes - Voyager Season 4.

Season 4 of Star Trek: Voyager saw a great deal of change with the departure of Kes and the arrival of Seven of Nine. But it's also safe to say that Voyager hit its full stride in season 4, with the exploration of Seven of Nine's reclaimed humanity and some of the most memorable episodes in Voyager's entire run.

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling, Suzanne Williamson, and Kay Shaw continue their "Desert Island" series, comparing their high-stakes choices for the top three Voyager episodes from this season that they would take with them to a desert island, forsaking all other episodes from season 4 forever. Find out who's coming over for Voyager night in whose desert-island hut, and who's watching which season 4 episodes alone.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Barbecues and Babies (00:01:53)
It's All About the Pocket Watch (00:03:55)
The 'Frasier' Episode (00:12:21)
Voyager's 'Odyssey' (00:20:31)
A Person in Uniform (00:29:09)
They'd Have to Sedate Me (00:34:33)
You Can't Go Wrong With Ray Wise (00:39:08)
Honorable Mentions (00:43:42)
Closing (00:52:18)

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“Ocampans Are Hobbits”
Daddy Issues.

While the crew of Voyager rightly constitute their own adopted family aboard Voyager, an important aspect of many Voyager characters' backstories is their troubled, or at least challenged, relationship with their respective fathers and father figures. From Tom Paris's sense of inadequacy in living up to Admiral Paris's expectations to The Doctor's ongoing attempt to build a relationship with his father-figure and creator, Dr. Lewis Zimmerman, the crew of Voyager frequently explores the murky realm of parental and familial relations.

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Kay Shaw, Suzanne Williamson, and Zachary Fruhling explore the complex and often troubled paternal relationships of the Voyager crew, building new bridges and tearing down old walls along the journey!

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Qualifying in the Daddy Issue Category (00:01:54)
A Tattoo and a Quest for Vengeance (00:06:18)
Salamander Blues (00:13:28)
'Son' Issues (00:17:52)
Survivor Guilt (00:24:39)
She Has All the Issues (00:30:08)
'Oh Look We Got Assimilated... Whoops!' (00:36:13)
Looking at Her With Suspicion (00:41:38)
Closing (00:49:21)

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"All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt"
Defending "Threshold."

The second-season episode "Threshold" is generally acknowledged to be one of the weakest episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. But in this episode of To The Journey, hosts Suzanne Williamson, Kay Shaw, and Zachary Fruhling respond to a recent challenge to give their best defense, an apologia in the classical Greek sense, of "Threshold," discussing only its merits and leaving any criticism of "Threshold" in their quarters.

From the physics of traveling at Warp 10 and occupying every point in the universe simultaneously to the importance of "Threshold" for the character development of Tom Paris and his (um, professional) relationship with Captain Janeway, find out whether "Threshold" can be salvaged from the ash heap of Delta Quadrant history and reestablished as part of the pantheon of important and valuable episodes of Star Trek: Voyager.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
An 'Apologia' (00:01:53)
Everywhere at Once (00:04:01)
To Please Dad (00:07:58)
A Trust-Fall Moment (00:13:33)
Collecting Dubious Medical Data (00:17:38)
He Doesn't Trust Her, She Doesn't Cry (00:21:49)
Will It Go To His Head? (00:24:59)
Neelix Saves the Day (00:28:18)
Like the Spore Drive (00:31:47)
Closing (00:37:16)

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“The Progenitors 3: Dennis Alexio Must Die!”
The Conclusion.

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling, Kay Shaw, and Suzanne Williamson go back into the writers' room to craft the conclusion of their hypothetical Voyager feature film trilogy, The Progenitors 3: Dennis Alexio Must Die!

From the Guardian of Forever to Henry Starling, the ever-present Q, time travel, Borg nanoprobes, and love triumphant, Zachary, Kay, and Suzanne follow the crews of the Starship Voyager and the Timeship Relativity on a fantastic journey through time, space, and the human heart.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
No Loose Ends (00:01:52)
Where Were We? (00:04:28)
The Redemption of Henry Starling? (00:07:31)
Ship of the Damned (00:09:52)
A Meshing of Two Old Favorites (00:11:38)
Joe Carey Speaks Whale (00:15:08)
There's No Place Like The Relativity (00:21:11)
Let's Do the Time Loop Again (00:25:32)
Dennis Alexio Must Die (00:29:13)
Probing the Nanoprobes (00:34:54)
It's Better Than Cheese (00:38:17)
Henry Starling Invents the Tamagotchi (00:44:18)
Closing (00:51:02)

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New Meta Treks!
“Katric Six Pack”
Vulcan Katras and the Mind-Body Problem.

Episode 6 of Star Trek: Discovery, "Lethe," explored and expanded upon the metaphysics of Vulcan katras beyond what had been seen in previous iterations of Star Trek. But what exactly is a Vulcan katra and what properties does it have? From transferring consciousness from one Vulcan to another, to enabling a form of disembodied immortality, katras play an important role in Vulcan mysticism and metaphysics.

In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison give a philosophical analysis of the metaphysics of Vulcan katras in relation to the mind-body problem. Is the katra a type of nonphysical substance, as Cartesian dualism would hold? Is the katra a biophysical or emergent property of the brain and its functioning? And is transferring one's katra, through a mind meld or otherwise, an actual transfer of consciousness to a new location, or is it more like backing up a copy of your hard drive to the cloud?

Chapters
Intro (00:01:20)
"Lethe" and Sciencing the Katra in Discovery (00:04:29)
Naturalizing the Katra and Alternative Theories (00:10:59)
Examples of Katric Transfers in Star Trek (00:15:52)
Are Katras Necessarily Dualist? (00:20:24)
Is the Katra Living Consciousness? (00:27:57)
Emerging Consciousness from Katra and Body (00:36:58)
Is a Katra Divisible Into Parts? (00:48:48)
What Happens to the Disembodied Katra? (00:55:17)
Vulcan Immortality and Gnostic Knowledge (01:01:25)
Touch Telepathy vs. Mind Meld by Remote (01:12:34)
Closing (01:19:29)

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“Oh Baby, Resistance Is Futile”
Spooky Voyager.

It's the haunting of To The Journey! In this special Halloween episode of To The Journey, hosts Kay Shaw, Zachary Fruhling, and Suzanne Williamson go in search of the scariest, spookiest, and downright creepiest episodes, moments, and imagery in all of Star Trek: Voyager. While Voyager is often considered to be a fairly lighthearted Star Trek series by comparison, Kay, Zachary, and Suzanne probe Voyager's darkest corridors to reveal the hidden maleficence lurking deep within Voyager's bowels.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Snacks are Irrelevant (00:02:44)
Coulrophobia (00:09:30)
Spooky Boobs (00:14:41)
Top of The Delta Quadrant Food Chain (00:20:40)
Let's Build Your Spleen! (00:28:28)
Captain Pinhead (00:32:51)
The Night is Young and the Web is Satin (00:37:58)
He Was Richard O'Brien (00:42:39)
Closing (00:47:55)

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