The Hirogen (VOY) and the Hunters (DS9: "Captive Pursuit") Comparison.  

It's clearly unethical to hunt another sentient being for sport; well, unless you are the Hirogen in Star Trek: Voyager or unless you are the Hunters in the first-season Deep Space Nine episode "Captive Pursuit." But while nicely-pressed red uniforms and glow-in-the-dark space helmets may be the hunting attire of choice for the Hunters in "Captive Pursuit" (hearkening back to the great English redcoat fox hunts of old Earth), the Hirogen took the sport of hunting to a more violent and more visceral level.  

In this episode of To The Journey, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Kay Shaw compare and contrast the tribal and nomadic Hirogen from Voyager with the more gentlemanly Tosk-hunters from the first-season Deep Space Nine episode "Captive Pursuit." Did the Hunters in Deep Space Nine provide the germ of the idea, and the model for, the more violent Hirogen in Voyager? And what is the Federation's moral responsibility to those being hunted, Tosk or otherwise, in light of the Federation's respect for the universal rights of individuals, in light of the non-interference policy of the Prime Directive, and in light of having tolerance for other cultures without those pesky human notions of morality?  

Plus, we break mid-show for a very special announcement from fellow To The Journey host, Suzanne Williamson, who has successfully sought out new life!

Intro (00:00:00) 
How Tosk Are You Feeling Today? (00:01:52) 
Taking All Your Internal Bits and Bobs as Trophies (00:03:40) 
Morally Different or Not? (00:08:16) 
BREAKING NEWS!!! (00:13:34) 
Non-Interference Policy (00:15:31) 
All About the Hunt, 'Bout the Hunt, No Farming (00:21:48) 
Squishy Gross Element (00:27:27) 
Top of the Food Chain (00:31:04) 
Justifying It with Logic... Again (00:34:33) 
Hirogen Epic Poetry (00:39:12) 
Illegal Gentleman Hunts (00:42:05) 
Their Whole Identity (00:46:37) 
A Justifiable Solution? (00:49:35) 
Closing (00:58:46)  

Zachary Fruhling and Kay Shaw  

Kay Shaw (Editor) 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)

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Category:Aliens -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

To The Journey 68: Creepy Pleasure

Worst Aliens of the Week.

Seeing the parade of new aliens on Voyager was usually fun. But sometimes it's good riddance when you never see a person or alien species again. In this episode of To The Journey, Char and Tristan talk about the aliens they were glad they didn't see beyond one appearance. Char was glad she wasn't creeped out by Gath beyond "Prime Factors," and Tristan didn't miss the ungrateful Caatati after "Day of Honor." Listen on and find out which other aliens made Char and Tristan's lists!

Direct download: ttj-068.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

To The Journey 46: Assimilate the Fro

Species 8472.

The baddies of fluidic space, Species 8472 get their share of talk time in this episode of To The Journey. We love the thrill of any alien who can beat the Borg, and these CGI dudes sure could. In the three (or four) episodes they had a part in, they really shone as unstoppable villains. Char loves that they almost convince Chakotay to settle on Random M-Class Planet with his gal Kathryn, Lorrie loves that Harry got to wear ramen noodles out of his nose because of them, and Tristan would’ve loved to have seen them in an afro. 

Direct download: ttj-046.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

To The Journey 42: You're Leaking

The Malon.

Our in-depth study of Voyager aliens continues in this episode of To The Journey as we turn our attention to the Malon. That may sound very serious, but in reality we talk about those leaky, bumpy guys and all the havoc they wreak in the Delta Quadrant. Char likes their no-nonsense handling of everyone they meet, Lorrie enjoys the reflection of our own society seen in them, and Tristan loves their neat, junky ship. How do you feel about the Malon? 

Direct download: ttj-042.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

The Hirogen.

Our “Aliens of the DQ” series continues on this episode of To The Journey with a look at the venerable and gigantic (albeit shrinking) Hirogen. The fine species that brought us “The Killing Game”—the holographic equivalent of Nazi-occupied France—gave our valiant crew a good fight during their arc. Char visualized them eating gagh, Tristan imagined them leaving their tiny wives at home with the kids, and Lorrie saw them in a hunting club in South Georgia. What was your impression of the Hirogen? 

Direct download: ttj-037.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

The Vidiians.

From the moment we saw them in “The Phage” to the mention of their cure in “Think Tank,” the Vidiians were an enemy to our intrepid crew. In this episode of To The Journey we tackle one of Voyager’s most horrifying villains, including what made them such a terrifying threat, our impressions of them as a race, and our respect for their survival techniques. Char makes us never look at Klingon B’Elanna the same way again, Tristan once again impresses us with his impressions—this time as Roxann Dawson with plastic teeth—and Lorrie might never use a quilt again without looking closely at the pattern.

Direct download: ttj-033.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT






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