HFO Podcast Ep. #9 – TNG Rewatch: The Battle

startrekthenextgenerationthebattle.0302Back 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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HFO Podcast Ep. #8 – TNG Rewatch: Justice

WDoOGxfBuckle 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!

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HFO Podcast Ep. #7 – TNG Rewatch: Lonely Among Us

worf_is_shocked_by_creatureENGINEERING 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!

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HFO Podcast Ep. #6 – TNG Rewatch: Where No Man Has Gone Before

Where-No-One-Has-Gone-BeforeThis 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!

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HFO Podcast Ep. #5 – TNG Rewatch: The Last Outpost

s1e5aThis 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.

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HFO Podcast Ep. #4 – TNG Rewatch: Code of Honor

star-trek-tng-code-of-honor-image-3The 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!

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HFO Podcast Ep. #3 – TNG Rewatch: The Naked Now

02a3The 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!

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HFO Podcast Ep. #1 – TNG Rewatch: Encounter At Farpoint


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Hello world!  Our very first podcast episode is live now!


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Gender Swapping Star Trek TOS

The Women at Warp Podcast recently tackled a fascinating topic that got me thinking.  In Episode 49: “Would Kirk Wear a Mini Skirt?”  they re-cast the roles of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, etc with actresses from the 60’s.  Likewise with the roles of Uhura, Chapel, & Rand as men.  I thought I’d tackle this topic myself!

Kirk : Honor Blackmanmv5bmjexmdg4mdgwnf5bml5banbnxkftztywnta5nju2-_v1_uy317_cr540214317_al_

Maybe best known for the role of Pussy Galore in the James Bond film Goldfinger, Honor Blackman is a brilliant English actress who carries herself with gravitas and command.  She would be the perfect female Kirk, in my opinion.

Spock : Majel Barret 59976e57f9bebcee7a2d9c31a4bca8684d796e5c

This one is a bit of a cheat.  Majel Barret’s “Number One” character was in many ways a precursor to the emotionless Vulcan that Spock became.   Clearly, she could handle this role with ease.

McCoy : Barbara FeldmanBarbara Feldon

Best known as Agent 99 in the tv series Get Smart, Feldman’s comedic skills lend themselves to our favorite country doctor in space.  I’d also love to hear her say “He’s dead, Jane”.

Scotty : Judy Denchjudi_dench

Though not Scottish, I’m sure Dame Judy could handle the role of Scotty.  She has great comedic skills and her Shakespeare background would allow her to handle the elevated language of technobable.

Uhura : Brock Petersbrock_peters_1961

I mean, RIGHT?  Peters was years away from being a Star Trek actor in 1966, but he would fit right in on the bridge of the Enterprise.  For his audition tape I would direct you to Star Trek VI.

Sulu : Nancy Kwannancy-kwan

She’s best known for her portrayal of the title character in The World of Suzie Wong, but I know her from the film version of Flower Drum Song.  I have to admit, she MIGHT be the only Asian actress I really know from the 60’s.

Chekov : Yvonne Craigyvonnecraig5

Another Star Trek alum (Marta in “Whom Gods Destroy”), Craig is best known as TV’s Batgirl.  She’s cute, quirky and I bet she could do a fun Russian (though not accurate) Russian accent.  🙂

Nurse Chapel : Alan Aldaimgres

This one I stole from the Women at Warp.  Nurse Chapel was the hardest role to cast for me.  I think Alan Alda could handle it though.  Perhaps he’d pine after Majel Barret’s Spock.

Yeoman Rand : Burt Ward


Best known as Robin on the tv series Batman, Ward could be a great Yeoman Rand– heating up coffee with a phaser, bringing Honor Blackman her salad, etc.  His youthful innocence is perfect.

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Best Star Trek Crew Ever

EDITOR’S NOTE: This entry was originally published in November of 2015.  But I was recently inspired to re-visit this topic.  Here we go:

Three of my favorite Podcasts recently tackled the hypothetical undertaking of creating the perfect Star Trek crew out of all the characters in the franchise.  You can check out the crews Jason & Ashley came up with over at Geek History Lesson, the crews that Tristan & Char came up with over at To The Journey and most recently, the crew that Bill & Dan came up with over at the Trek Geeks Podcast .    But here is my Star Trek supercrew!

bd4aac6f0f343265e66abb9596f02647Captain:  Admiral Kathryn Janeway

I have to go with my favorite Captain.  I think Janeway has the drive & determination that a good leader needs.  And she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty and be a part of the team– as well as lead it.  She also comes with a great deal of experience.  This isn’t the “just took command of the Voyager” version of Janeway.  Rather  Admiral Janeway survived the year of hell, beat the Borg, and she found coffee in that nebula!

e182b2d99c4dd8ae1ef20ebe6da82ec0First Officer: Commander Data 

You can’t go wrong with everyone’s favorite android!  Data can easily manage all the duties of the running a starship as the XO and problem solve any situation in nanoseconds.  I think he pairs well with Janeway’s scientific style.  Also, he looks great in red.



Chief Medical Officer: The Doctor

Much like Data, the Doctor is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge.  No other doctor can compare to him- period.  Not to mention he was the most interesting character on Voyager.



Chief Engineer: Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott

He was flying Starships when your grandfather was in diapers!  He wrote the book and then threw it out the window!  Scotty is the one and only miracle worker.


eye-of-the-beholder-counselor-deanna-troi-24188692-694-530Ship’s Counselor: Commander Deanna Troi

I just love her and her obsession with chocolate.  Plus her empathic abilities come in handy more often than not.  I want to clarify, however, that is Troi AFTER she puts on a real uniform!



Operations Officer: Commander Nyota Uhura

Uhura is highly intelligent, speaks multiple languages and is a skilled technician.   24th century starships may no longer have Communication officers on the bridge but Uhura’s muli-tasking abilities will make her a great Operations officer.


medium_trek-dream-team-spockScience Officer: Commander Spock

No one is more dedicated to science than Mr. Spock.  He has a innate curiosity for anything he finds “fascinating” and I think would be a great asset to any scientific mission. Plus he’s just a great character.



Chief of Security: Constable Odo

Odo is Star Trek’s greatest detective.  He will not only keep the crew safe but has the kind of  “street smarts” that will keep any away team a step ahead of the game.



Tactical Officer: Lt. Commander Worf

I like the idea of separating Tactical from Security.  They are really two different departments.  I think our ship has a much better chance of survival with Worf manning the weapons console.

startrekbeyond_sulutvspotConn Officer: Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu

Sulu is an amazing helmsman.  And As Kirk said in TWOK: “I for one am glad to have you at the helm… I don’t think these kids can steer.”  Specifically I’ve selected the Kelvin Timeline version of Sulu.  As much as I love George Takei, as a gay Trekker I have to go with the version of Sulu who we know is out & proud.  #Hero


Rookie/Kid: Ensign Jean Luc Picard (via a temporal anomaly)

This isn’t the mature wise diplomat version of Picard.  This is the young head strong Ensign who took matters into his own hands when his friends were being cheated.  He won the Starfleet marathon as a freshman and is an accomplished wrestler.


Wild Card: Wesley Crusher (as a Traveler) 

As a traveler he won’t be on the ship full time but will pop in and out.  A little Wesley goes a long way, but he was one my favorite characters when I was a kid. I related to him and even envied him. And hey, he can phase out of our dimension and make the ship go really fast.  That’ll come in handy some day!


Ship: U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D

Bottom line: the best ship in the fleet!  I love Andy Probert’s design and the Sternbach blueprints.  This ship is so well thought out and is the most impressive vessel in Star Trek imho.



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