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Hailing Frequencies Open is a little blog dedicated to all things Star Trek.  Below you can read our most recent blog entries.  If you want jump into episode reviews, click on the TNG Re-Watch Episode List link.  You can also use the Tag cloud to the right to navigate the archive of older entries.   Make sure you like our Facebook Page as well! Have fun!  –  @themikejones

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HFO Podcast Ep. #23 Voyager: Parallax

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!

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HFO Podcast Ep. #22 – TNG Rewatch: The Arsenal of Freedom

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!!

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HFO Podcast Ep. #21 – Star Trek Voyager’s Pilot: The Caretaker

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!

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HFO Podcast Ep. #20 – TNG Rewatch: Coming of Age

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”.

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HFO Podcast Ep. #19 – TNG Rewatch: Home Soil

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”.

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HFO Podcast Ep. #18 – The Klingons!

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.

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HFO Podcast Ep. #17 – TNG Rewatch: When The Bough Breaks

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!

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HFO Podcast Ep. #16 – TNG Rewatch: Too Short A Season

 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. 😉

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HFO Podcast Ep. #15 – TNG Rewatch: 11001001

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!

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HFO Podcast Ep. #14 – TNG Rewatch: Angel One

tng-angelone3This 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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