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?
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!
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"
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.
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??
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!
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.
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!!!
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!
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!
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!!!
Buckle up kiddos! We're going to Sexy Fun Time Planet! This week, the HFO crew is joined by Tim O'Donnell to talk about "Justice". The Edo are a fun-loving race of child-like horn dogs who make love at the drop of a hat... ANY hat. But beneath this veneer of sensual utopia, there is a dangerous system of law keeping it all in balance. When Wesley gets involved, you KNOW there's going to be trouble. And with the Prime Directive being more of a guideline at this point in the series, the Enterprise crew may have a few tricks up their sleeves to figure this one out! Boldly Go!
ENGINEERING REPORT: Due to interference from a temporal anomaly, this episode is being released on the wrong star date. Back to our regularly scheduled hailing frequency patterns next time!
This Episode finds the HFO crew examining what it truly means to be lonely. If being lonely means awesome blue lightning effects, count us in! In LONELY AMONG US, the Enterprise is visited by a strange entity as it passes through a strange nebula on an urgent delegation mission. The crew is possessed one after the other, and one of the crew is accidentally killed? No worries, with a secondary plot line that far outshines the main plot (I mean, werewolf-dog-monkeys chasing down snake people through the decks of the Enterprise?!? C'mon! That's gold!) this episode is ripe for the picking, our the intrepid crew of Hailing Frequencies Open will do their best to guide you through, with or without blue lightning!
This week, the HFO crew boldly go where no one has gone before... because, well, that's the title of this episode. We find our intrepid crew performing some "upgrades" to the warp drive. Wesley meets the Traveler, and d-bag Kosinski eats a heaping helping of humble pie. Will the Enterprise make it back from the far reaches of space in time for Picard to tell Wesley to ride shotgun on the bridge? Will the Traveler ever return? Will Kosinski ever shut up? All this and more on this episode of HAILING FREQUENCIES OPEN!
This week the HFO crew is all about finding the Ferengi! As the Enterprise-D crew is in pursuit of a Ferengi ship with stolen Federation goods, they encounter an energy-draining planet from a long-dead empire. Suspicions arise from both Starfleet and Ferengi sides, until an unexpected guest arrives and confronts the away teams who are already at each others throats, quite literally. What will the HFO crew have to say about this particular mission report? Mostly stuff about space dildos and bad makeup.
The HFO crew has one of their toughest missions yet! Season 1 Episode 3 - Code of Honor is largely regarded as one of the worst TNG episodes of the series... Will our intrepid crew manage to wade through the not-so-subtle racist overtones and anti-feminist tropes around every corner? Will they laugh in the face of danger? Will they tell dad jokes? Will they impersonate Picard quite poorly? Find out and boldly go!
The crew of HFO are back and more naked than ever! In Episode 2, they encounter S1E2: THE NAKED NOW, and its going to their heads. While the Enterprise is observing a collapsing star, the away team encounters a science vessel where things have gone horribly and inexplicably wrong. Eventually the crew begins to show signs of a strange intoxication and Wesley has control of the ship? Relevant to the TOS episode: THE NAKED TIME, the crew examine the relationship between these two episodes and the ideas behind them. Let's boldly go!
The crew of Hailing Frequencies Open take on their first mission with the very first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation! Encounter at Farpoint is special to all of us, but mainly because of the appearance of the skant (men in skirt-pants)! Let's boldly go!