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Trekking Thru the Past and Future of Star Trek

Jul 29, 2020

With the news of the 2 upcoming animated Star Trek shows, we take a moment to look back at the Animated Series from the 70's and discuss the possabilities for the future. 

Jul 15, 2020

Grab your DVD, CBS All Access or Netflix log in and watch along as we discuss the season 2 episode "Loud As A Whisper".  Mike, Ben & Erin will act as your chorus- unless we get vaporized early in the episode (sorry- spoilers!).  

Jul 5, 2020

Schedule update: New episodes now coming twice a month!  

We now have a Patreon with specail perks! 

Jun 30, 2020

We try something a little different and watch an episode of Star Trek TNG while recording a "watchalong" comentary track.  So settle in with your Netflix/DVD/Bluray copy of Star Trek The Next Generation, Season 2, Episode 4: The Outrageous Okana and join the conversation by tweeting us @hailingfreqopen. 

What do you get when you cross Riker and Han Solo with The Rocketeer?  Okana!!  This episode even has a Bond girl!  What's not to love? 

Jun 16, 2020

Are you stuck spending a lot of time at home now because of social distancing, working from home, unemployment, etc?  Sad that it's Summer and all your favorite shows are on hiatus?  Why not watch Star Trek!  Now is the perfect time to enjoy your favorite Sci Fi franchise and our hosts dive into why they think that is. :) Enjoy! 

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! 

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