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.
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)
Zachary Fruhling, Kay Shaw, and Suzanne Williamson
Kay Shaw (Editor) Suzanne Williamson (Producer) Zachary Fruhling (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Bruce Lish (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Associate Producer) Patrick Carlin (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Voyager Romance. In this special Valentine's Day episode of To The Journey, we explore the many romances, both good and bad, in Star Trek: Voyager, from romantic moments between members of the staff to various alien romances of the week.
Message in a Bottle. We discuss the fourth-season Voyager episode "Message in a Bottle" and the comedic duo of the Emergency Medical Hologram, Mark I (Robert Picardo) and the Emergency Medical Hologram, Mark II (Andy Dick).
"Mortal Coil" Commentary. We raise our glasses for a holiday Prixmas toast with an audio commentary on the fourth-season Voyager episode "Mortal Coil."
Tom Paris Mini-Marathon. We compare our top episode picks for a three-episode Tom Paris mini-marathon.
Faces. We discuss B'Elanna Torres's inner dual nature and the many faces of "Faces" (Star Trek: Voyager, Season 1).
Desert Island Episodes - Voyager Season 6. We compare our top three "Desert Island" episode picks from Voyager Season 6, forsaking all other Season 6 episodes forever.
Kes Mini-Marathon. We put together a mini-marathon of the essential Kes episodes in Star Trek: Voyager.
Things We Love and Hate about Neelix. From groan-worthy comic relief to embracing his inner Klingon, we discuss the things we love and hate about the character of Neelix in Star Trek: Voyager.
Innocence. We discuss Tuvok's Vulcan parenting skills, the fear of death, and Chakotay's diplomacy learning curve in the second-season Voyager episode "Innocence."
Characters We Wanted More Of. We discuss one-off characters that we wanted to see more of, and characters we wish had joined the Voyager crew.
Nothing Human. We discuss the fifth-season Voyager episode "Nothing Human" and the pros and cons of using Crell Moset's morally questionable research to save the life of B'Elanna Torres against her wishes.
"False Profits" Commentary. We bend the Prime Directive in an audio commentary on the third-season Voyager episode "False Profits."
Top Harry Kim Moments. We compare our picks for the top three Harry Kim moments in Star Trek: Voyager.
Desert Island Episodes - Voyager Season 5. We compare our top three choices from Voyager season 5 to take with us to a desert island, forever abandoning all other episodes from season 5.
"Muse" Commentary. We give an audio commentary on the sixth-season Voyager episode "Muse" and explore the classically epic quality of the Voyager story.
Doomed Voyager Relationships - Part 2. We continue our two-part discussion on failed Voyager relationship attempts, including those of B'Elanna Torres, Seven of Nine, Commander Chakotay, and Captain Janeway.
Doomed Voyager Relationships - Part 1. We discuss the many failed relationship attempts in Star Trek: Voyager, both organic and holographic.
Virtuoso. We discuss the sixth-season Voyager episode "Virtuoso," from The Doctor's newfound musical fame with the Qomar Planetary Alliance to the diversity of musical styles in the 24th century.
Tuvix Alternatives. We imagine alternative Voyager character hybrid pairings besides Tuvok and Neelix in the second-season episode "Tuvix."
Halfway Home. We discuss possible futures for Voyager, assuming the events of "Endgame" had never happened, 30 years into the journey and halfway home.
Seska...What If? We explore alternative directions for the character of Seska on Star Trek: Voyager, and the impact those alternative versions of Seska might have had on the overall Voyager story.
Course: Oblivion. We obsess over the minutiae of the wedding of Fake-Tom and Fake-B'Elanna and wrestle with the existential burdens of being a biomimetic duplicate in our discussion of the fifth-season Voyager episode "Course: Oblivion."
What Voyager Means To Us. We take a personal look at the meaningfulness of Voyager through our own personal stories and reflections. Plus we have an important announcement about the future of To The Journey and the journey ahead.
Non-Doctor/Seven Episodes from Seasons Five through Seven. Despite the many great Doctor/Seven episodes in the later seasons of Voyager, we go in search of our favorite non-Doctor/Seven episodes from Voyager's last three seasons.
We Need to Talk about Chakotay. We come to Commander Chakotay's defense against the Chakotay-haters with a discussion about what we love about, and what was done right with Voyager's intrepid first officer.
"Year of Hell" Commentary. We switch on our temporal shielding for an audio commentary on the two-part fan-favorite Voyager episode "Year of Hell."
Prixmas Potluck. We attend Voyager's Prixmas potluck in search of the crew's favorite holiday dishes.
Desert Island Episodes - Voyager Season 4. We compare our top three "Desert Island" picks from Voyager season 4, forsaking all other season 4 episodes forever.
Daddy Issues. We explore the complicated and often troubled relationships that the crew of Voyager share with their respective fathers and father figures, whether biological or holographic.
Defending "Threshold." We respond to a recent challenge to give our best defense of the second-season Voyager episode, "Threshold."