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Trekking thru the past and future of Star Trek.
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Trekking Thru the Past and Future of Star Trek

Sep 28, 2019

Everybody loves a little roleplay, right?  Data and Geordi do!  But they should have picked a safeword because things get out of hand in "Elementary, Dear Data"!

Aug 13, 2019

Are you excited about the return of Captain Picard?!?!  We are!!  Do you have a friend/spouse/pet who might need a little refresher course on who this Picard guy is and what the heck is going on with these Borg people?  Well, we put together a list of episodes to watch while you're waiting.  Think of it as a little Star Trek Picard primer based on what we know so far about the show. You have a few months to get ready but if you don’t want to marathon all of TNG & Voyager, this watch list should help. 

First-- the basics. You’ll be introduced to Captain Picard, Data, and the Borg. 
- Star Trek TNG - S1. E13. Datalore
- Star Trek TNG - S2. E9. Measure of a Man. 
- Star Trek TNG - S3. E26. & S4. E1. Best of Both Worlds (parts 1 & 2)
- Star Trek TNG - S4. E2. Family
- Star Trek TNG - S4. E3. Brothers
- Star Trek TNG - S5. E23. I Borg
- Star Trek TNG - S5. E25. The Inner Light
- Star Trek TNG - S6. E15. Tapestry 
- Star Trek TNG - S6. E26. & S7. E1. Descent (parts 1 & 2)
- Star Trek TNG- S7. E25 & 26. All Good Things (parts 1 & 2)
- Star Trek: Generations 
- Star Trek: First Contact

Then you’ll want to know who Seven on Nine is! 
- Star Trek VOY - S3. E26. & S4. E1. Scorpion (parts 1 & 2)
- Star Trek VOY - S4. E2. The Gift
- Star Trek VOY - S6. E16. Collective 
- Star Trek VOY - S7. E18 Human Error 
- Star Trek VOY - S7. E 25 & 26. Endgame (pats 1 & 2)

Then wrap up the Picard & Data story
- Star Trek: Nemesis

Finally, I think the 24th-century events in this film will matter a lot-- specifically what happens to the planet Romulus. 
- Star Trek (2009)

Jul 30, 2019

In today's episode, we're sucked into a hole in space and forced to watch "Where Silence Has Lease"!  Mike, Erin & Ben have some laughs at this weak episode and totally 'ship Riker & Worf #Rorf  "ONE RIKER ONE BRIDGE"

Jul 16, 2019

It's a whole new season!!  Welcome to season TWO of our TNG Re-watch Project.  Counselor Troi is having a miracle baby, there's a new Doctor on board, the Enterprise has been redecorated and there's finally a bar in the neighborhood!!  Let's watch "The Child"together, shall we? :) 

Jun 25, 2019

Riker growing his beardWe finally reach the end of Season One of Star Trek The Next Generation. But before we wrap up this season we need to discuss The Neutral Zone! What would happen if you took some people from the 20th century and dump them onto the USS Enterprise D??   

Apr 28, 2019

The gang is all back together!!  Mike, Erin & Ben are conspiring about something alright.  Or have they just been taken over my symbiotic aliens bent on galactic domination??  Pull up a bowl of worms and tune in to find out!  

Caution: May cause your head to explode.  

Feb 19, 2019

Mike and Ben step into a holodeck recreation of a cafe in Paris this week to take a look at this season one episode where instead of looking at the fascinating possibilities of the multiverse, we spend an hour talking about one of Picard's lost loves.  Is that a guy slowly stroking test tubes in the corner?? 

Feb 1, 2019

Well, we all knew we'd get there one day.  It's finally time to talk about Tasha's death by oil slick.  It's might not be the best way to go but you can't deny that it's a very "Star Trek" way for a security guard on a landing party to die.  

Mike and Erin dive into this classic episode to see if it holds up to the passage of tiem. 

Dec 12, 2018

 

 It's that time of year again! Unlike our friends over in the Star Wars fandom, we don't have a Holiday Special to watch.  We're left searching for some hint of Christmas (or Life Day) in Trek. There are a few times our characters acknowledge Christmas and one time they had a full-out office holiday party!  Ok, that only happens in the comic book but still-- it happened!!  

We also cover William Shatner's new album "Shatner Claus" which you can buy here if you like!

Mike and Ben cover it all in this episode!

Nov 20, 2018

We're back and we're on drugs! Well, Mike is at least.  He was high on DayQuil when the gang recorded this "very special episode".  But cold medicine isn't exactly what the gang on the Enterprise encounter in "Symbiosis".  It's a treatment for the plague! Or is it just a narcotic!  Spoiler- it's just a narcotic.  

Aug 23, 2018

The first episode of Voyager was so much fun we came back for seconds!!  Today Mike & Ben jump into episode #2: Parallax.  Will the Starfleet and Maquis crews get along?  Could Tores, a rebel Maquis engineer handle the big job on Voyager?  Most importantly, is she ready to be Captain Janeway's best friend?!  Find out!  

Jul 24, 2018

This week is full of ACTION!!  In fact, Minos has seen so much action that there's... well, there's no one left.  The entire population has been eradicated by highly advanced weapons that the Minoseans themselves developed in the pursuit of profit.  Heavy, isn't it?  Well we don't have time to stop and talk about that because WE'RE UNDER ATTACK!! 

Jul 11, 2018

We're taking a break from season 1 of TNG and skipping ahead a few years to introduce Erin to Captain Kathryn Janeway!!  That's right- in this episode, the crew takes a look at the pilot episode of Star Trek Voyager: The Caretaker!  We meet Captain Kathryn Janeway and her intrepid crew as they face their greatest challenge-- being stranded over 70,000 lightyears from home by a powerful alien.  

Let's get started!

Jun 28, 2018

Do you want this to become physical?Wesley Crusher takes a test to see if he can make it into Starfleet Academy.  Meanwhile, Mike, Erin & Tim are tested with this rather disappointing season 1 episode.  

Captain Picard's questionable command decisions over the past 19 episodes are questioned by an angry little man from the Inspector General's office. 

Join us as we dive and sort out the good, the bad, and the "wtf" moments in "Coming of Age". 

Jun 5, 2018

Can life be inorganic?  Turns out, yes it can!  And it has a microbrain!  Which isn't as cruel as it sounds.  

In this week's episode, Mike and Erin take a look at the season 1 episode, Home Soil and consider how it compares to the TOS episode "Devil in the Dark".  

May 22, 2018

This week we take a little departure from our TNG rewatch project to discuss everyone's favorite antagonist species, the Klingons!   Once written as a stand-in for the Communist powers of Russia & China, they have evolved over the past 50 years, gained an honor code, a rich culture, and a language-- all to represent our fears once again in Discovery.  

Feb 21, 2018

I believe the children are our future.  And so do the Aldeans but sadly, they have destroyed their ozone and the radiation has made them all infertile.  But wait- Radue has a plan!  Why not just kidnap some kids from a passing starship?!  Enter the USS Enterprise who's just curious enough to follow a trail of breadcrumbs (odd sensor readings) and fall into the trap.  What will Captain Picard do?  Will he let the children go in exchange for a wealth of knowledge or will he rescue them from their math free future??  The HFO crew dive in to find out!  

Feb 7, 2018

 Frustrated with getting old?  Wish you could jump into the same job you did 40 years ago?  Try some magic fountain of youth pills!   Want them to work fast?  Just take a lot of them at once!  What could go wrong??  

Answer- Much.  In fact, it'll kill you.  

There. That's the whole episode. ;) 

Jan 29, 2018

The HFO crew is back but our computer is need of an upgrade (well, maybe just Ben's computer).  Luckily the bynars are here to help us!!  Or... are they here to help themselves?  If you haven't guessed yet, in this episode we dive into the TNG season 1 episode "11001001" and meet Minuet, Riker's dream woman.  We also get rather distracted talking about dolphins... lol.  Have fun!

Dec 31, 2017

This week the intrepid crew of the HFO beam down a planet ran by... WOMEN??  Mike & Tim slip into something more comfortable with a plunging neckline while Erin straps on a pair of shoulder pads as they take an in depth look at what was an attempt a groundbreaking episode that took on gender roles and misogyny back in 1988.  How does it hold up today?  Have a listen to find out! 

Nov 21, 2017

Are you looking at my butt?

Evil twins, a secret underground lab, a giant world killing snowflake and more await us in "Datalore"! This week the  HFO crew are short a crew member because Ben is busy with duties belowdeck.  However, we're lucky enough to have Tim join us again!  When the Enterprise visits Data's home world, they get more than they bargained for and awaken his evil twin brother who- get this- helped a giant evil snowflake kill 411 people!  Crazy, right?  Come check it out with us. :) 

Oct 29, 2017

This week, our intrepid HFO crew tangle with the ever-increasing intricacies of the Holodeck (*tm, I'm sure). In this episode, we see the first appearance of Capt. Picard's alter-ego, Dixon Hill. "Dix" is a film-noir-esque detective from 1930s San Francisco (the city destined to become the headquarters of Starfleet... coincidence? I THINK NOT!) Like everything on the Holodeck (*tm *c *r) things go horribly awry and we question the very nature of our existence. Get ready to boldly go into this weeks episode - THE BIG GOODBYE!!!

Sep 17, 2017

Arranged marriages, galactic plagues, and the Hall of Wyatts... Oh My! In this week's episode, the Hailing Frequencies Open crew tackles the season 1 epidsode: Haven! We explore the deep cultural heritage of the Betazoids and their practice of arranging... and forgetting about arranging... marriages. But nobody puts Troi in a corner, not even her mom! And of course, things heat up between the families aboard for the joyous occasion. Mix in the space plague, and we've got ourselves an episode! Boldly go!

Aug 8, 2017

Q is back and better than ever! In this episode, the HFO crew gets ready to have all the powers of the Q continuum and we will abuse the crap out of it! When Riker is presented with a choice from Q, will he choose phenomenal cosmic powers or stay with the Enterprise crew? A short description for an episode that speaks for itself! Boldly go!

Jul 24, 2017

Back from a brief away mission, this week the HFO crew are tackling the next episode in the season one trek - THE BATTLE! We find the Enterprise crew reliving some of Picard's early days in Starlet - whether he wants to or not! Featuring ANOTHER attempt at making the Ferengi the main antagonist, a mind control beach-ball shows up and starts making Picard think he's going crazy. Well, he DOES have a headache after all. If everyone decides to listen to Wesley for once, then everything would be fine, right? BOLDLY GO!!!

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