By the way - I think Levar also directed "Nightingale" (but that's in S7). Anyway - nothing to comment or post about, a completely forgettable episode this week. Looking forward to "Fury" - the return of Kes.

For once - I agree with Robbie in the episode rating. "Child's Play" was a terrible one - one of the worst. C'mon - even a "Child" could have produced, written, directed it heck of a lot better than this steaming pile haha. There were terrible ones before (including Threshold - terrible episodes which I didn't even bother listening to the Podcast episode for it / ones I dub with negative ratings in fact).

Seasons 6 and 7 were the worst. The only other episodes I'm looking forward to (until the wrap-up or end), are "The Nightingale", "Author, Author", "Fury", and "Endgame".

What a treat - the guest star who played Lindsey Ballerd is also the guest star on the podcast. These things are a rarity however - and surprises nonetheless. For exclusive or bonus content, there is the Patreon. Anyway - I enjoyed this episode although not a favorite. There should have been a back story or a story arc for this character. But in typical Trek fashion, they get the 1 Episode Only treatment. Same could be said of Libby from "Non-Sequitur" or the person in "The Disease".

And as usual - these love situations come to an unfortunate or sad endings. There isn't a lot of humor in this one - except Garrett share that his fights with his real-life GF back then affected his acting for this episode haha.

"Spirit Folk" was pure fun of an episode - not a favorite, but fun. Not much to say about this. So there are no sarcastic humor in this entry this time haha. Next week - "Ashes To Ashes". Is that one with Ballerd (Harry Kim's ex in human form)? There might be more commentary next week. Especially whether this person or the one in "Non-Sequitur" would have been a better fit haha.

"Spirit Folk" was pure fun of an episode - not a favorite, but fun. Not much to say about this. So there are no sarcastic humor in this entry this time haha. Next week - "Ashes To Ashes". Is that one with Ballerd (Harry Kim's ex in human form)? There might be more commentary next week. Especially whether this person or the one in "Non-Sequitur" would have been a better fit haha.

"Your music consists of just a smattering of Klingon drinking songs" hahaha. Was this quote part of the "Virtuoso" episode? I think it was. "I'm an engineer. Not a costume designer". Well - "engineer" a costume then, why don'tcha? (with that Kevin McAllister "Home Alone" kid voice) Hahaha.

"Virtuoso" - although the Doctor couldn't be anymore vain and self-absorbed in this one, it had a nice theme in regards to music. Music can be conveyed either artistically (my preferences), or very technically / robotically (what most of today's shallow society is based on).

Wow - they hired a bunch of Oompa Loompas for this episode haha.

"Blink Of An Eye" was one of my favorites. I was waiting for this - worth repeated listenings. The story, and the guest star Daniel Dae Kim. Robbie and his wife out-did themselves - "Asian Heartthrob" (DDK is indeed, although he'll beg to differ) and "Blob" haha. The passage or speed of time is a theme or story that isn't often told - it's the usual fare of Time Travel and whatnot. I hope they could get Daniel Dae Kim as a guest interview for patreon - that might be worth subscribing to haha. And George Takei.

The TOS episode, "Whom Gods Destroy". That was fun and hilarious - never seen that much over-acting before haha. Especially when the fake Kirk (as a disguise) was pouting and having a hissy fit, after not being able to answer the counter for beam up haha. Added to my list.

A lot of us can identify with the character of "Reg" or "Rej" or the Awkward Guy in "Pathfinder" haha. For me - I also like to escape from the doldrums and nastiness of reality. And that is in music - Classical Music / Piano. When I play, it's as if I'm transported into another reality. Or as if the existing reality didn't exist. I'm curious why Garrett didn't bring up the "A-Team" as part of the actor's repertoire haha. "Mad Howlin' " Murdock hahaha.

It is quite unfortunate that the character of Chakotay did not get enough stories or character-centric episodes. Whenever he did, it was worth it. Both Chakotay and Harry Kim got the least amount of stories or character development - tragedies of all tragedies.

Bryan Fuller's laughing - it sounds like Ethan Klein's laughing at Bobby Lee on steroids haha.

"Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy" was one hilarious episode. In this Doctor-centric episode, not only do we get further glimpse of the Doctor as a "Wannabe Opera Singer" haha, he is also apparently one "Horny Toad" hahaha. I'm sure they can access holographic porn haha. This episode is not one of my favorites (very close however), but it was pure fun. I'm sure it appealed to Bob's vanity and ego for sure (demanding to be the ECH? C'mon, can't get anymore vane / narcissistic than that).

Where can I download that song? "Tuvok I understand, you are a Vulcan man...." hahaha.

Another "Who The Hell Is This??" - Marla Gilmore. Was she the fourth, fifth, sixth, or whatever Gilmore Girl? hahaha. And when do Crewmen all of a sudden use their first names in communicating - "Marla, here" haha.

The many singing situations for the Doctor - "The corticol node connected to the..." Can't wait for "Tinker, Tenor..." and "Virtuoso" haha.

"Warhead" was one of my favorites. How did I forget about this one? Harry Kim leads an away mission, and becomes the hero in this one - everything to like. He made Captain directly as a result - at least in the alternate reality (Endgame 1 & 2) haha. For Neelix - Senior Beautician hahaha.

More "Who The Hell Is this" - Crewman Lang, Crewman Jenkins, the Asian Guy (gotta love John Tempoya - the official Asian background actor for Garrrett haha). Didn't Lang die in another episode?

Bob Picardo's Dr. Bomb was more like Dr. Evil on steroids (if you saw that campy '80's flick). If this wasn't over-acting, then Shatner's "Khaaaaan!" was an award-nominated performance haha.

First off - RIP to Nichelle Nichols. George Takei and Nichelle Nichols defined diversity back in the day - it's unfortunate and tragic that the sci fi genre no longer supports that (only if you count the Kwok Rock - but he's just a token character with not a lot scenes). Doesn't matter to me - I stick with other things.

"Relativity" was just plain fun and silly. In regards to all these time jumps, they were a complete mess and didn't make much sense haha. Oh - and the actress who played seven hates the color yellow by the way. Racist much? Anyway, I don't really give a shit. Seven offered Mr. Kim to "copulate" in S3 so all is forgiven haha. The Voyager crew should've offered Dukain a job on their ship hahaha.

I agree with Garrett's moral lesson. Something along the lines of, "Never live in the past. Never focus too much on the future. Live for the Now". If you live for the now, your future might unfold more pleasantly than if you focus too much on the future.

The many facets of Neelix - his comedic giggling / laughing in 11:59, wearing a red jump suit, ready for garbage duty, etc hahaha.

I agree that "Think Tank" 'Tanked' in terms of quality haha. I was laughing at Jason Alexander. I was laughing at his costume, his hair. I was laughing at his dry, fat expressions / line deliveries hahaha. C'mon, you have a short, fat, stubby Sitcom guy like Jason Alexander, can you really take him seriously in a sci-fi or dramatic role? Hell no. I think his hair fit well with his body type in the film "Shallow Hal" haha. He fits that role better.

I was looking forward to "The Disease" podcast episode - one of my favorites. Apparently, Garrett didn't like his hair in this one haha. But as they say - the actors themselves are their own worst critic. But c'mon - if being overly concerned about your hair messes up your performance (I thought Garrett still did a convincing job regardless of what he thinks), then there's nothing that can be done about that. Whether you're an actor, musician, artist, singer - you should always be looking to improve or be willing to critique yourself. Just lay off the hair hahaha.

Themes of defiance / disobeying orders and love - that's what appealed to me in this episode. Especially because it is an Asian-American character, even moreso. Breaking stereotypes of the "model minority", "goody-two-shoes" is a rarity back in the day. So this was a breathe of fresh air. I never thought that xenophobia was a theme, but I could see it.

"Bliss" was enjoyable, but certainly not one of my favorites. It also had that Trek "Acting For Action" issues - a bit over-acting here and there. For example, the slow collapsing when a character gets zapped hahaha. Only Trek can have either over and under-acting; which is why it is so easy to make fun of. Tom Paris with bangs?! You gotta be F'N kidding me haha.

Seriously - if you can just remove a panel, start pressing buttons here and there to access a personal log or other confidential information. Really, can't that person just take over the ship at anytime?? Another shaking my head moment / hilarity.

The Doctor is as smug as ever in this one, but hilarious.

I finally got around to watching the teasers for "To The Journey", and I think this'll be worthwhile to rent (like a movie). After all, they were able to get George Takei among the interviews (and others - directors, guest appearances / stars, production crew, etc.). Kudos to all the fan support for this - now begin another fundraiser to make a possible Voyager movie or even a show happen haha. We can only imagine - it probably wouldn't be realistic as most of the cast would not be available nor interested. Still, it wouldn't matter to me - only a few available would still work. In my opinion.

Culhain. Tabor. Baytart - yeah, right. Where the hell do they come up with these 1-episode only characters? hahaha. As if they magically appeared or were pulled out of their asses by a damn leprechaun, and then disappear again. Crewman this. Crewman that. And then they go out Red Shirt style hahaha. Trek "Acting For Action" is pretty hilarious - it's either overacting or underacting hahaha. Example - Tom bouncing around in that ship with dry, poofy hair all of a sudden haha.

04/04/2022: "Timeless" is Timeless Indeed
For once, everyone is in agreement haha. It is a top favorite for a lot, and mine as well. You can watch this over and over, and never gets old or is always fun to watch. I'll one-up Bob Picardo's "You can act!" behind-the-scenes reaction to Garrett - "You deserve an emmy!" haha.

By the way, which would you trust more - the replicator, or Neelix's cooking? hahaha.

Unfortunately, Voyager kind of went downhill after Season 5. There are only just handful of episodes that I enjoyed after "Timeless", scattered throughout the final three seasons. "The Disease", "Blink Of An Eye" and "End Game" are just a few among the handful.

02/21/2022: The Wrath Of Arturis
I think Arturis would've made a splendid villain if a Voyager movie was ever considered haha. He seems to have the superior intellect of a Khan, and the revenge motive. It was a brief idea long ago for a fan fiction story / movie of mine (with Captain Kim as a major player in a rescue mission).

Anyway - "Hope And Fear" was fun and entertaining, not a favorite but certainly fun. The Quantum Slipstream technology is re-visited in a top favorite "Timeless". Can't wait for that.

Ray Wise - after doing a search, he looks familiar. He was part of the "Fresh Off The Boat" ensemble playing that dentist neighbor haha. Hilarious.

02/19/2022: Valentine's Day Treat
I completely forgot that The Delta Flyers had a Youtube channel, because they practically never upload there. But what a treat or surprise - Garrett's interview with the fine ladies in "Favorite Son". This has got to be one of my "Favorite" interviews. Ever. That, and Tim and Ethan's guest spot in "Rise" (audio only for me however). These make me want to seriously consider signing up for their Patreon. But my budget is extremely tight.

"Living Witness" was one of my favorites as well. If not for the sole reason of having the cast play "evil counterparts". Or evil versions of themselves. It's a reminder of TOS "Mirror, Mirror". If anything, the cast can test their acting chops in playing a different side to their characters.

Negative, false portrayals are very damaging, and the episode touched on that thought or idea well. How we negatively perceive others and only seeing from our POV is why there is so much violence, racism, etc. Stereotyping is more of a milder form of this, but still damaging nonetheless.

Next week is "Demon", another favorite. Wow - back to back favorites. What are the odds haha.

I think fans should keep track of how many "Bad Hair Days" or "Poofy Hair Days" episodes Robbie's character of Tom has haha. Vis-A-Vis should be more like, Hell-'Non-Non-Non'! haha. I thought Robbie would have been ecstatic that the episode revolved around him. At least he is consistent in his reviews. I have favorite episodes that involve only 1 or 2 characters, simply because I favor that character. But if the story is good and / or involves the entire cast (with no hidden agendas), I'm ok with that. There are a quite a few episodes I don't even bother watching ("This Episode Should Never Have Existed" type deal).

In retrospect, I forgot what "Retrospect" was about haha. And then it came back after listening to the recap. Controversial issues or social commentaries are tackled occasionally. How about that Neelix episode in the first season where his species was wiped out - whether to forgive or not to forgive the "evil" scientist. Moral dilemmas I guess. There is another episode where the doctor has to use a nazi-type doctor hologram in order to save a life.

There are just plenty of WTF moments in Trek haha - Tom's afro-like hair, and why he went to the planet as an escort instead of the security team under Tuvok, etc. Hahaha.

I found the doctor's smug arrogance both annoying and humorous.

The hirogen - a formidable opponent or foe. It all comes to head in a two-parter where they take over the holodeck posing as nazis.

Neelix - a cook, a good-will ambassador, and a mail carrier hahaha.

One thing I'll agree with is that Livingston did direct some nice episodes. And that's all I have to say about dat.

"Year of Hell" was a two-parter that's quite dark - the crew flailing to survive and Voyager eventually sacrificed / destroyed (but it all ends well). In that regard (and the juicy story of temporal incursions and the repercussions of it), it's almost non-stop action. There were non-sensical stuff as usual, but I enjoyed this for the most part.

Crewman Lang was still around? Damn - zapped with a phaser (or ray gun haha), and what I call LTR or LTD (Lame Trek Reactions / Lame Trek Demises) haha. The industry is on the decline - I don't a give a rat's ass anymore haha.

"And even Mr. Paris" - gotta love Doc's witty humor hahaha.

Here's a poll I'm curious about - how many would prefer to have an orgy with the planet women from "Favorite Son", or would prefer to accept Seven's offer to "copulate" in "Revulsion" haha. Mr. Kim's missed opportunities indeed. One of the misgivings and travesties from this show is that Harry Kim was never given a romantic steady (a byproduct of the racial stereotyping of being "awkward"). Instead, he gets these one-episode flings or flirtations.

It's a tough call. Tuvix would have made one hell of an entertaining or humorous regular or character on the show. On the other hand, we would not have been graced with the continued banter between Neelix and Tuvok that fans have come to adore haha.

So when is "Timeless" - the next episode I'm absolutely looking forward to.

The scene between Neelix and Kes ("To The Adventure" closing toast) was my favorite scene from "The Gift". And that's all I have to say about that.

Didn't you get the memo, Robbie? Sex sells haha. Yeah, introduce the character with a beginning shot of her butt haha. Anyway - S4 first introduces the character of Seven and the transition into "Sounds Swedish" Borg storylines. Kes was leaving or being replaced (it was not a glamorous situation on set from what I heard haha) - the acting was definitely noticeable as it was the actress who looked out of it haha. "The Gift" is the farewell episode of Kes. But she returns in "Fury", with the title fitting of both the character and actress I guess heh.

"Before and After" was a trip indeed haha. I enjoy time travel jumps - it can be non-sensical or mind-boggling at times, but the most important thing for me is the enjoyment factor. Everything else is second fiddle or third wheel haha. So I give this a solid 7.5. I reckon that the film "Memento" would be too confusing and complicated for Robbie haha. When I skip or don't bother with certain episodes, you can say that it would either be Zero rating, or even a negative rating (basically, "It Should Never Have Existed" bad). But to each their own. Let's face it - actors are going to support and favor episodes that are focused on them 'anyway'. So as they say, to each their own.

The most re-listens or listened to podcast update:
1. Favorite Son
2. Warlord
3. Rise

Hahaha. Next week is "Before and After" - that should be a doozy. I'm not sure if they'll rip apart that one in jest, or praise it as a zealot praises the lord haha. Where is Aron when we need him - the maestro of ripping apart or roasting episodes. For me, I skip or don't bother with episodes I dislike or do not give a hoot about.

"Favorite Son" was one of my favorites. They talk about this near the end of the podcast, but I felt it was important to have an Asian-American male character to be portrayed as desired either sexually or romantically. This was completely unheard of or non-existent back in the day, and persists even now unfortunately (which is why we have to create on our own). The writers might have gone a bit over-board with the sexual tone, sounding more like an erotic program than a sci-fi show haha but still - I loved it. In the end - I would have much preferred to have Mr. Kim have a regular love interest (either Ballard - make her a permanent character or even bringing in Libby from "Non-Sequitur" as a recurring somehow) than have one of these all-out, sexually-hyped situations. "The Disease" episode is much closer to a romantic situation for Kim, and one that he finally defies or disobeys orders.

I give this episode a solid 7 or 8. I do not care about the hate for this episode - although there might be fair and objective reasons, I already know that a lot of it has to do with racist reasons. They are not comfortable or just plain hate seeing an Asian male being the centerpiece of desire, or the centerpiece of an episode. I do not give a rat's ass. We suffered enough.

What a treat indeed. On a very rare occasion, there might be some guest appearances on a podcast - which is understandable, patreon patrons should get exclusive content (hence, very rare). Anyway - the duo of Neelix and Tuvok come to heads in "Rise". I enjoyed the episode for what it was - Neelix finally standing up to Tuvok's logical 'personality' (or lack thereof haha), and saves the day.

This one reminded me of the TOS episode where Spock's logic could not save or help their stranded Galileo shuttle crew - in fact, it made things worse which was aptly pointed out by one of them "one-time only" or "who the hell is he" character heh. In "Rise", Tuvok's logic hilariously did not help the situation at all. In fact, it was Neelix who had to start raising his voice in defiance. Let's face it - Trek fight scenes are always silly or inane haha.

It's another episode where both Garrett and Robert's characters get the off-camera (no scenes), out-of-focus or voice only treatment haha. The relationship inconsistencies can be quite maddening and inane as well in this type of show. There definitely should have been a final resolution or a more consistent approach to the Neelix / Kes dynamics.

I enjoyed "Alter Ego", but it was not one of my favorites. I prefer "Favorite Son", where you have Mr. Kim frollicking with the planet women haha.

The perks of being a director - Picardo giving himself ladies, and no ladies for you haha.

I personally feel that Vorick was a character for comic relief - vulcans can be hilarious, as well as rivals.

One-directional or one-way relationships or feelings are definitely relatable. Still - I would have avoided this kind of stereotype whether or not it reflected the '90's (where racial stereoypes / racism was even more prevalent).

The "Warlord" podcast is just a few that I've listened to over and over - the episode is hilarious, and the podcast was hilarious / informative haha. And oh yeah - we get to see Talaxian feet for the first time hahaha. Other re-listens: Non-Sequitur, Prime Factors (that's it - I think there were others, can't remember). I think they'll have a blast when they get to "Before and After".

Gotta love the holodeck scenes of the resort - this ain't yer ordinary resort. More like hangin' out at the playboy mansion haha. Having Neelix frollicking in there is hilarious. I even had to find the episode video on the web to re-catch some scenes.

Some fan should take count of how many crewman become casualties in away missions - sort of like the red shirts in TOS haha. Also - fans would have liked to see Tom in that lingerie-type shirt haha.

If yer gonna beam aboard with a phaser, make sure yer pointing or facing the right direction hahaha.

"Warlord" was an ok episode - I'd give it a five or six (but a lot of overacting).

"Flashback" - George "Captain Sulu" Takei. Enough said. His presence was enough to make this episode one of my favorites. I also agree that Janice Rand was underrated.

I highly recommend watching "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" for the backstory for this episode.

You might as well re-title this podcast episode to "The Art of Gaseous Anomalies or Farting", or "Another One of Neelix's Cooking Gone Wrong" ha 02/22/2021:
The Seska / Kazon / Voyager take over storyline has been a favorite of mine.

Poor Hogan and the Delta team. Or should I say, The Delta Farce haha.

I believe "Favorite Son" is in Season 3 as well. Looking forward to that.

The Thaw - "Fear does not exist in this episode, does it?!" Apparently, it does haha.

And another one - chasing Susan Nicoletti for four years. I'm luvin' it however hahaha.

Marvin V. Rush and using real Cirque de Soleil - never knew that. "The Thaw" was another episode that was well-done and exciting, borderline one of my favorites as well (just completely forgot about it).

Who wouldn't want to join the Neelix show, and listen to a "How to make nostrils happy" lecture. Don't fall asleep haha.

Tom Morga - I think he played Jason Voorhees in "Friday The 13th Part 3" or "Part V - A New Beginning"

"Hey Rob - you were the one who wanted to go home early!" Hahahaha. Can't get enough of juicy tidbits or drama.

Personally, I do not mind stripper-type characters at all haha. After all, they are eye candy - that's all they are.

Kazon are certainly the "hair dudes" of the Delta Quadrant - a beauty contest would have been nice haha.

I'm looking forward to "The Disease" - the ultimate in speaking your mind or "mouthing off".

Keep the guest stars comin' on the podcast haha. The podcast episodes that are full of laughs, I'll usually listen to it multiple times.

I also noticed Neelix's coffee brewing skills, or the "I prefer the replicator" type reaction haha.

I think RDM gave this episode a 'meh' review is because his character did not come in until 20 minutes into the episode hahaha. Gotta love this - "We don't wanna lose another shuttle" hahaha.

To me, the sci-fi theme of Artifical Intelligence is just played out (or over-saturated). How about the episode of that psychotic or malfunctioning hologram, another technology piece gone awry.

How about them Neelix's ear hairs haha.

It seems to be the case that after a specific character-centric episode, that character does not get any lines or scenes in the next episode haha. Case in point - Chakotay haha. Go ahead and flash that smile!

What is up with RDM and Chakotay's fantasies or fantasies involving Chakotay - he's certainly becoming a real-life Neelix haha. Certainly makes the song "Lost in the Woods" from Frozen 2 absolutely relevant for this Tattoo episode haha. Funny as fuck.

They absolutely should confirm that butt crack at another time haha.

What a treat - an impromptu call to Picardo to confirm wine. But what an oopsie - the doctor taking a fall haha.

What a treat - Ethan Mr. Neelix Phillips. Ya know what's awkward is calling Ethan "Johnny" - that's a first for me. More like, "Heeeere's Neelix!" haha. Hey, Neelix - "Look dejected, and go to the weed patch" hahaha.

So Parturition is the episode where Neelix and Tom finally come to blows, and then kiss / make up haha.

Believe in yourself, Garrett. Who knows - you might have become a Clarinet virtuoso eventually - with enough practice haha.

To me, it's Tuvok and Neelix as the ultimate odd couple.

It just gets funnier and funnier haha. RDM sounds like a Phil Swift - "Yeeahhh, dawg-ehhh!!" - "Dawg-dah-dah-dooh-dah" hahahah.

I thought "Twisted" was quite the 'twisted' episode - too much talkin', not enough action. "You talkin' to me?" "Nah - You're just talkin' too much".

RIP Aron. I swear, if Aron was doing this podcast - he'd be roastin' the shit out of most of these episodes.

09/15/2020: Non Sequitur - My Top Three
I would have to say "Non Sequitur" is in my top three favorites (the other two being "Timeless" and "The Disease"). The dynamic duo pointed out some directing misgivings that ruined some intimate scenes - I cannot argue with that. I agree that there should have been more foreplay and intimacy between Harry Kim and Libby to ease his tensions.

What I always wanted to say or let out pertaining to this episode: If I were Harry Kim, I would have absolutely stayed in this reality. He received accolades galore, is in a steady relationship with Libby (and Laska as his buddy), and would have made at least Commander within two years I'm certain (instead of wasting away on Voyager). Who's to say that an alternate reality is not the real reality - it's what you consider reality, is reality. In my opinion. Well, Garrett would have been out of a job if his character stayed in that reality.

They talk about Danny Bird, but we never see even a picture of Danny Bird. Good observation - Tom might have saved Harry in this episode, but it's vice versa in "The Chute".

They need to get Russ on the show when they review "Tuvix" haha.

Shame on you, RDM - for not consulting with Garrett on the green screen haha. Well, you did come in 25 seconds into the episode. I did not remember what "Elogium" was about - until after the listening. This episode appears to be just a one, big orgy of an episode haha.

Next week is "Non-Sequitur" - the episode or podcast I'm particularly looking forward to, since it is one of my favorites.

Dragon Con is apparently where it's at. It was fun and amusing - tidbits:

Tim Russ - Astronomy fanatic / vulcan singing virtuoso haha
Robert B - composing (good luck with that - definitely an alternative to learning computers heh).
Garrett W - his laugh in the early days of the show sounding like "The Flight of the Bumblebee"
RDM - fetish for men's retreats and road trips

I keep laughing along with these podcasts haha. What I learned from the first episode of Season 2:

This, and a few others afterwards were supposed to be in Season 1.

Garrett has a story about getting in trouble - looking forward to that, although I might have heard it before in the previous podcast with Aron.

RDM was called out by Mr. Conway on-set - looking forward to that story haha.

08/10/2020: Season 1 - The Final Blunder (sounds like a damn horror movie heh)
Why the hell do they keep making characters nobody knows the centerpieces of episodes? The cast regulars should have gotten more consistent screen time throughout the seasons, or written in more.

I have to admit however, "Learning Curve" was quite amusing. Gotta love the crewman Chell character - should've kept the blue guy as a a recurring haha. Well, he definitely did miss a spot I noticed.

Vulcans are trained in repressing their emotions, and thinking / acting only through logic. We'll see more humorous situations, in particular with Neelix - that episode when Tuvok mind melds with Sudor, and imagines choking the life out of Neelix haha. Or when the episode when they are stranded on a planet with a saboteur and some guests, and Neelix piloting some kind of transport in getting off the planet. They were definitely irked with each other, and a case where vulcan logic did not work.

The first downer or dud for "Jetrel", although the storyline was as serious as they come. Apparently, both Garrett and RDM didn't like how this was put together or directed. Neelix's anger was justified (after all, his species was practically wiped out) - but in the end, how difficult is it to forgive for an atrocity like that (our human history has been rife with them).

With that said, next week's podcast is "Learning Curve" - that should be a bit more humorous and light (Maquis cadets giving Tuvok a hard time - who's fault is it that some of them are out of shape? haha).

"Cathexis" tidbits and thoughts:

Gotta love Neelix and his temper (right, Parsons?) haha - it'll all boil over when he spills or dumps some food (pasta I think) all over Tom's uniform in a future episode.

Kes was an underrated character (and sure did notice that her quarters was like a luxurious suite) - would've been nice if the character stayed longer. The most mind-boggling episode ever - "Before and After".

Although the banter and humorous anecdotes between the two are enough to keep one entertained, guest stars who played different aliens or characters outside the cast can only enhance or enlighten the discussion. Looking forward to future podcasts with them.

Yep - "Heroes and Demons". One of many holodeck-centric episodes as well (can't wait for the Tuvok / Harry Kim holodeck woman rivalry one haha), and the first where the doctor is actually treated like a crew member (being sent on an 'away' mission, sort of). Notable and tidbits from the podcast:

It's a Viking-themed one, made for an amusing but interesting episode. Not one of my favorites however.

Dr. Schweitzer or Schweitz-ah? "It's not a tum-ah!" (some Ah-nold impressions haha).

Extract the name "Demon" from the title, and it's another episode that is a favorite of mine however (season 5 or 6?)

I think the episode where Harry Kim finally gets to kiss (multiple women mind you) like no tomorrow is "Favorite Son" - other than "Non-Sequitur" (Libby and Kim are in bed together, don't remember if they make out or smooch it out at all). Again, it was the '90s. And blame the writers as well. The Asian male stereotype has been pervasive, we did not really speak up back then. These days, there is no tolerance for that kind of crap - it'll be deleted faster than a split second.

Gotta love the banter, the humor between Garrett and Robert DM. So much so, that I might even have listen to the episodes that I absolutely hate or despise. I was planning to skip them, but who knows.

Can't get enough of Robert B., and alright - even Robert P. (haha)? Sign up on Patreon if you can. The next episode for the podcast I believe is sort of a character-centric episode involving the doctor.

Of all the podcasts so far, "Prime Factors" was the most fun and hilarious. This week's podcast "State of Flux" probably comes in second haha.

There are going to be quite a few episodes for each character, where they are going to be only visible in one scene, or has only one line of dialogue (or just not part of the episodic story - sorry, Tom haha). I think this is the biggest criticism of the writing (as well as other travesties and letdowns). It is possible to be inclusive even if a story does not call for it. At the same time, the strength of "Voyager" is that there are episodes that are dedicated to every character, or episodes that are character-focused to a specific character in regards to the story. Unfortunately, more so from some than others. I bet it was difficult to implement equal opportunity (god-willing).

I thought the Seska / Chakotay story was just crammed into this one episode, and felt rushed for sure haha.

How about them puffy hairstyles (with plenty of gel to boot), or them fro-like hair haha.

"Prime Factors" - fun episode, fun podcast. How can you not like a "pleasure planet" - and "I only have a few-seconds-on-a-planet scene" haha.

Mr. Kim is gettin' some action here....sort of. Well, alien women I guess is preferrable to holodeck women? haha. Don't worry - he'll shed his goody-two-shoes persona in "The Disease" (Season 5)

The beginnings of dissent (or the first episode of pissing off the Captain haha). Thanks Seska! At least you'll somehow get involved with Chakotay's love child later...I think haha.

Some pretty fly wardrobe in this one.

I listen to the podcast at least twice - that's how funny and informative it is. For those who can, I think it's worth subscribing to Patreon for the extras.

New catchprase indeed - " a snake through a tube" haha.

I'll particularly be looking forward to "Non-Sequitur", which won't come until the beginning of the second season - quite a few things to talk about or comment on here haha. Also, perhaps "Tuvix" as well.

This week's episode was "The Cloud" - and the duo delved into the subject matter of racial stereotyping. Asian-Americans and Native-Americans have been quite victimized, in particular during the '80's and '90s. Despite all the nostalgia, various ethnic groups had to suffer through stereotyping, as it was just the sign of the times. It is still a fight til this day, although it is much different now.

Mr. Kim's first exposure to "holodeck women", thanks Tom! haha.

Through the first four episodes, it's been informative and fun (no surprise that Robert DM doesn't remember much haha. Fortunately, we have Garrett). The difference between the "Delta Flyers" and "Alpha Quadrant" is apparent - the "Delta Flyers" focuses only on Voyager while "Alpha Quandrant" delved into DS9 as well because of Aron (RIP). We got guest interviews, clips of their respective shows, maybe some backstage drama as well all in one podcast for a subscription fee. For this one, you'll have to donate or sign up on Patreon.

I always get a kick of re-hearing the anecdote or back story on "talkin' shit about Tom" dining hall scene in the pilot.

Their characters are already talking about the Delaney sisters in "Time and Again". What a way to begin the third episode. haha.

Robert B's flubbing of his "sub-space beacon" line 17 times is always a laugher.

With that said, keep it up!

"The Delta Flyers" podcast - I'm looking forward to it. Unfortunately, I can only listen to the audio (as budget is tight for anything else). I remember "The Alpha Quadrant" podcast a few years back - with special guests, humorous anecdotes, etc.

03/03/2020: Voyager's 25th
It's already been 25 years - it's difficult to believe, time passes by just like that. I used to watch Voyager re-runs religiously, but for the past two years - I haven't watched anything Trek related in awhile. It's beginning to lose its steam for me, when there are other programs and films that I've turned my attention to.

However, ST Voyager series has left an indelible and lasting impression. By far, our favorite Trek series. I'll still watch them now and then, whenever it's on. Can we "merely tolerate" another 25? Of course haha.

09/22/2019: RIP Aron Eisenberg AKA Nog
My condolences, although I never really watched DS9. But particular characters are memorable. From Garrett & Aron's webcast or podcast (which was available via subscription before being cancelled due to backstage drama a year ago), Aron was hilarious, and certainly quick with a witty retort or insult heh.

11/18/2018: "Timeless" - 20th Anniversary
This was my favorite episode as well. It's quite evident that there was a lot of emotional investment into the story and character, and Garrett did a good job. It's definitely quite the change from spewing techno-babble all the time heh.

Let's clear up "Deadlock". The alternate Voyager self-destructed in the end, so that evens out (sort of a trade-off). In a space / time paradox or parallel dimensions, who's to say which Voyager is real or not anyway.

I decided to subscribe just hours before the first video was uploaded. I was uncertain for quite awhile, as I'm sure other new subscribers were. I concur that the content (the stuff they talk about - not just another ordinary run-of-the-mill recap shows) might be worth the monthly fee. For me however, I have no interest at all in the other new shows that they discuss. If it comes that time to return to that, I'll probably unsubscribe (or if there is a lull in the scheduling). But for now, it's all the old "Star Trek" that we know and enjoy.

So who does the better impressions - Robert B or Garrett? heheh.

06/19/2018: "To Boldly Go Where No...Subscribers Have Gone Before"
Oh yeah - it's the Voyager vs. DS9 episodic reviews (or roasting I might add muhaha) on "The Alpha Quadrant". Unfortunately, we'll soon have to subscribe and pay a monthly fee for it - which is understandable. Up til now, all the episodes have been free which was quite generous. Let's not get too greedy.

I had no interest at all in the other shows they reviewed, and I've stayed away; waiting until they got to the cream of the crop - the real Star Trek stuff (never mind the new one either - not for me at all). If anything however - the banter, bickering, behind-the-scenes anecdotes make it all worthwhile for episodes I did watch.

I'm considering subscribing, and that is all.

I've enjoyed listening to some episodes of "The Alpha Quadrant", at least the ones with the "Star Trek" guests. I do not really care for the new shows that they talk about, but to each their own. The banter is full of humor, as well as interesting tidbits or anecdotes on set or behind the scenes. Keep it up!

Screenshot or image of the day (From Star Trek: Online):

From "The Enemy Within":

"Would it be possible to get your 'act' together, and maybe beam down a hot tub along with some coffee?" "I AM.....'OVER-ACTING'"!!! muhahaha

It is the 2017 Star Trek Convention, just a year removed from the 50th anniversary. I usually enjoy watching the Voyager panel for what it's worth, and it never gets old listening to the humorous anecdotes of the actors. 08/09/2016:
Star Trek's 50th anniversary convention wrapped up over the weekend, culminating in what was an important event. I almost had forgotten that it was this past weekend, as I was basically catching up with the goings on with the convention via social media. The panels and costume contest are certainly the highlights.

Why didn't I find out about the spoof/parody "Unbelievable!!" earlier on? I heard it'll be released next month, on VOD or another platform I'm not sure. I'm sure it'll be funny, with the plethora of Trek alumni would make it worth the laughs. I could still imagine the Star Trek characters as they are in this film: Imagine Mr. Kim and Mr. Tuvok playing Kal-Toe (or however you spell it) aboard that shuttle to pass the time heh.

If there is a collectible to purchase, the Sulu bobblehead from "The Naked Time" would be it. I forgot about that episode, but it certainly was a classic.

My Star Trek Beyond review here: Film Forum

"...he likes that seat" -Star Trek Beyond. No shit muhaha.

"Sir, you haven't logged a single star hour in over two and a half years. That, and your unfamiliarity with the ship's design in my opinion seriously jeopardizes this mission" - Star Trek: The Motion Picture

With Star Trek's 50th, a new sequel to the reboot:

Probably worth watching. More thoughts and references on my Film Forum here:

Justin Lin And Beyond Star Trek..

"Nor have you doctor. As your continued predilection for irrelevancies continue to demonstrate" -Spock retort, Star Trek: The Motion Picture

The Star Trek world has lost Leonard Nimoy (aka Mr. Spock) last month. Rest in peace, logical one.

It's the characters and the stories that make a Star Trek series compelling for me; as well as the technology for sure. I definitely give props to Mr. Braga (and others) for writing some good Voyager episodes, but I'm sure they've written some not so good ones as well. As with any series, there are going to be some episodes that should never have been written. Voyager isn't any exception. If I had the opportunity to purchase a signed photo of the entire crew from ten or so years ago, I'd probably would.

I heard about "To Be Takei", and I might watch it eventually. Although I'm a Trek fan mostly, I do respect his activism as well as his wit and humor.

Favorite Voyager Episodes: (no particular order)
Non Sequitur
Prime Factors
Living Witness
The Disease
Blink of an Eye
Before and After
Author, Author
Endgame, Parts 1 & 2

One of my favorite Star Trek themes has to do with temporal anomalies or space/time distortions. Wormholes, subspace corridors and even time travel are just as fascinating as the plethora of enemies that inhabit vast regions of space in a galaxy, more known as quadrants. Also, technology driven, advanced life forms can eventually find these pathways that cross vast distances. I suppose the possibilities are there from a fan's perspective. I'll list my favorite Voyager episodes eventually.