TrekRanks Episode 160: Top 5 Best Hot Mess

Originally released on June 23, 2023

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It's time to get messy on TrekRanks with a breakdown of the "Top 5 Best Hot Mess," a soirée into the characters and situations in Trek that really can only be described as – a hot mess. From the grandiose to the understated, and from the nefarious to the well-intentioned, hot messes come in all shapes and sizes. Our messy panel of host Jim Moorhouse and guests Adam Hunault and Josh Zeller each target their own personalized choices to cobble together their lists. Recorded live and in person, this episode is a fun one – and a bit of a hot mess on its own.

Episode Rundown:

Diagnostic Cycle: Where we briefly get into the details of defining the show's specific topic.

Prime Directive: Each guest on this week's live panel reveals exactly how they narrowed down list and made their final choices.

The Order of Things: All the picks are revealed with the TrekRanks' original "Five words and a hashtag" summary, along with one episode that helps frame their choice.

Secondary Systems: For a few extra picks that just missed our final list.

Regeneration Cycle: The panel recaps their selections and we dissect some of the interesting statistical anomalies that arose from the discussion.

Temporal Inversion: We flashback to a previous episode of TrekRanks and relay some of the feedback received from listeners.

If you have your own picks you would like to relay to us, please hail us at 609-512-LLAP (5527) and record your own personal TrekRanks log to let us know your Top 5 Best Hot Mess. (Or you can record it yourself and just DM us @TrekRanks on Twitter.) Your comments could be used as part of a Temporal Inversion on an upcoming episode (and might get you a chance to be a guest on a future episode, too).

And don't forget to check out for our entire back catalog of episodes and a detailed rundown on every episode of Star Trek ever.


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