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Synthaholics is a group for friends that love to talk about Star Trek, that started with David Duncan and Aaron O'Brian. Over time our little Star Trek podcast family has grown with the addition of Guy Davis. We look to bring you a weekly highly irreverent, somewhat comedic and yet clearly passionate take on all things Star Trek! So what are you waiting for click download for your weekly shot of Star Trek!
 
Trek to Trek - A New Podcast discussing/reviewing two eras of Star Trek Back to Back! Kirk vs Sisko. The Original Series and Deep Space Nine. Longtime Trek fans Bob Mitsch and Eric Gjerdingen review the merits and failings of both one episode at a time. TOS fan Bob watches Deep Space Nine for the first time in a decade or more and DS9 fan Eric watches the Original Series for the first time *ever*. The results should be.. fascinating.
 
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Episode 298: Discovery Season 3 with Captain Foley of Trekyards Aaron and David welcome Captain Foley of Trekyards to the show this week. This is our yearly tradition to have at least half of Trekyards on a guest to discuss Discovery’s third season as a whole. We go into depth on key ideas of the season like the burn, new characters, and the overal…
 
Episode 297: Su’Kal, There Is a Tide, & That Hope is You pt 2 It’s 2021 and we are back to discuss the final three episodes of Star Trek Discovery Season Three, “Su’Kal”, “There is a Tide” and “That Hope is You Part 2”. The season wraps things up in a nice bow so they can have yet another fresh start when season four comes along. But did the season…
 
Episode 296: Star Trek Discovery “Terra Firma, Part 2” “Terra Firma Part 2” is the tent episode of season three of Star Trek Discovery we finishout out hopefully last episode in the Mirror Universe for the remainder of Star Trek Discovery’s run. We never expected them to go back to the mirror universe this season either. But never say never, right?…
 
Episode 295: Star Trek Discovery “Terra Firma, Part 1” “Terra Firma Part 1” is the ninth episode of season three of Star Trek Discovery and unfortunately the 5th episode of this series mostly set in the Mirror Universe. Aaron and David have a love/hate relationship with this episode. This episode was really solid, it gave us some of that great ense…
 
Book Club Episode 26: Dune Part 26 Aaron and David discuss the final chapter of Dune. Paul meets with The Emperor and makes a power play to get himself wed to his daughter so he can become the new Emperor. But before he can do that he must have a battle with the Harkonnen Feyd-Rautha to the death. Even though Paul marries Princess Irulan for posses…
 
Episode 294: Star Trek Discovery “The Sanctuary” “The Sanctuary” is the eighth episode of season three of Star Trek Discovery and unfortunately this episode puts the breaks on what the previous two weeks had been building up to. We are happy to see this episode finally see some of the side characters get something to do. It’s just said it's not rea…
 
Book Club Episode 25: Dune Part 25 Aaron and David discuss the next two chapters of Dune. Paul, Silgar, and Gurney are about to use atomics on the shield wall so the Fremen can ride worms into the final battle now that the Emperor himself has arrived. The Emperor has the next Leto murdered and Paul’s sister Alia kidnapped. We also see the baron Vla…
 
Episode 293: Star Trek Discovery “Unification III” “Unification III” is the seventh episode of season three of Star Trek Discovery and we found this to be a well done bottle episode. The Vulcan’s and Romulan’s now live on Vulcan and have renamed the planet to Ni’Var. Ni’Var has some information Michael needs to understand the burn. They will not gi…
 
Episode 292: Star Trek Discovery “Scavengers” “Scavengers” is the sixth episode of season three of Star Trek Discovery and the Synthaholics found this episode rather enjoyable. It was a lot of fun and it had some crazy good effects even for Star Trek Discovery. We finally may have a clue to what the burn is but we don't know for sure yet. Hopefully…
 
Book Club Episode 24: Dune Part 24 Aaron and David discuss the next two chapters of Dune. Paul calls for a big meeting so he can murder Stilgar to make all the Freman happy. But he decides to Knight Silgar instead. After Knighting Stilgar Gurney Halleck decides he should murder Lady Jessica but luckily Paul is able to talk him out of it. Once his m…
 
Episode 291: Star Trek Discovery “Die Trying” Aaron has escaped this transporter accident and he joins David to discuss “Die Trying” the fifth episode of the third season of Star Trek Discovery. This episode started off strong with a nice captains log and a brief look at some new StarFleet ships. We see the USS Nog, the Voyager - J, and what they c…
 
Book Club Episode 23: Dune Part 23 Aaron and David discuss the next two chapters of Dune. Paul rides his sand worm and takes his fremem brothers south. They run into an ornithopter with none other than the now smuggler Gurney Halleck on board. Paul introduces his old mentor Gurney to his new Mentor Stillgar. Paul is ready to start a war, so he rele…
 
Episode 142 Vanishing Point / The Magnificent Ferengi. We start with another adventure/comedy episode with the Ferengi on Deep Space Nine and on Enterprise we have a Hoshi Episode involving Transporter phobia which is.. ok. Vanishing Point Ratings: Bob 6, Eric 6.5. The Magnificent Ferengi Ratings: Bob 6, Eric 7. Question: What is something you have…
 
Episode 290: Star Trek Discovery “Forget Me Not” Long time friend of the show Natalie Schlichtmann joins David this week to discuss “Forget Me Not” the fourth episode of season three of Star Trek Discovery. Aaron has unfortunately been caught in a transporter beam with poor Franklin. Natalie and David both enjoy the great Trill call back getting to…
 
Episode 141 Star Trek Discovery Season 2. Eric and I go through all 14 episodes of Season 2 of Star Trek Discovery, discuss our views on the Red Angel Arc, our love of Pike, our disagreements on Michael Burnham, as well as our highs and lows of the season from design, to music, to story and characters. Discovery Season 2 overall Score: Bob 3, Eric …
 
Episode 289: Star Trek Discovery People of Earth Aaron and David are here to discuss “People of Earth”, the third episode of Star Trek Discovery Season 3. After hugs and tears the reunited crew of the USS Discovery and book head to earth. Things are a lot different than they expected them to me. Earth provides for itself and doesn't seem to know wh…
 
Book Club Episode 22: Dune Part 22 Aaron and David discuss the next two chapters of Dune. Paul’s been hitting the spice really hard having visions of the future to prepare for his first solo mounting of the sand worm. Alia Paul’s sister is wise beyond her years after encountering the waters of life while still in the womb. We discuss how interestin…
 
Episode 288: Far From Home with Joe DePinto Aaron and David welcome past guest and friend of the show Joe DePinto to discuss “Far From Home”, the second episode of Star Trek Discovery Season 3. But first we have news that Star Trek Discovery is renewed for a fourth season, and creation is no longer doing the official Star Trek convention anymore. T…
 
Book Club Episode 21: Dune Part 21 Aaron and David discuss the next two chapters of Dune. This time we are hanging out with the lovely Harkonnens of Giedi Prime. The Baron is very upset to learn his boytoy of the day has an imperfection, a poisoned dart put there by his nephew Feyd-Rautha. The Baron confronts Feyd and tells him to think bigger as t…
 
Episode 287: Star Trek Discovery "That Hope Is You, Part 1" Aaron and David are back this week to discuss “That Hope is You, Part 1” the first episode of season 3 of Star Trek Discovery. This episode will contain spoilers. The episode is mostly carried by Sonequa Martin-Green who shows a huge range in her acting ability. While the story is mostly a…
 
Book Club Episode 20: Dune Part 20 Aaron and David discuss the next two chapters of Dune. Paul finds himself inheriting Jamis’s wife and family. There is so much to Fremen culture Paul still has to learn. Harah throws herself at Paul but Pual only seems to have eyes for Chani. Meanwhile Jessica must undertake the ritual of spice agony to the dying …
 
The LAST episode of the Animated series! It's also the LAST episode of classic Trek TV that Josh will be watching for the first time, and the second entire show that we've watched together for this podcast. And it ends on a great note! The Enterprise travels into a backwards universe where stars cast shadow instead of light, everyone is growing you…
 
Episode 286: Lower Decks No Small Parts Aaron and David are back this week to discuss the next episode of Lower Decks “No Small Parts”. But first we have news that Kate Mulgrew is going to reprise her role as Captain or Admiral Janeway in the Star Trek Prodigy series that will be coming to Nickelodeon. In “No Small Parts'' we get the Pakleds back s…
 
Book Club Episode 19: Dune Part 19 Aaron and David discuss the next two chapters of Dune. But first we discuss the sad news that the latest Dune film adaptation has been pushed back until October of 2021. This week the Fremem held a funeral service for Jamis. While Paul says his words for Jamis he weeps and this helps win the Fremem over to him as …
 
100 EPISODES!!! As TG1T crosses the century mark, we're on the brink of finishing the Animated Series. To commemorate, we try out Red Shirt cologne and discuss its Carpe Diem philosophy, the Enterprise crew encounters the Mayan snake-god of Kukulkan, and we ponder how successful this series has been at balancing its children audience and the larger…
 
Episode 139 Singularity / Statistical Probabilities. We dive into a Bashir story involving quirky side characters and some of the ramifications of Bashir's genetic enhancements on DS9. On Enterprise, we get essentially a bunch of B plots with the crew's obsessive behavior cranked tot he max due to a spacial anomaly. Singularity Ratings: Bob 6, Eric…
 
Episode 138 The Communicator / Resurrection / What We Left Behind: The 2019 DS9 Documentary. We suffer through the weakest of the Mirror Universe episodes and the return of a Kira love interest on DS9 and on Enterprise we cover a basic problem that should have plagued this crew but in a very by the numbers fashion. The Communicator Ratings: Bob 5.5…
 
Episode 137 The Seventh / You Are Cordially Invited. We go through the famous wedding episode of DS9 which does exactly what it needs to and the T'Pol based story on Enterprise. The Seventh Ratings: Bob 5.5, Eric 6.5. You Are Cordially Invited Ratings: Bob 6, Eric 7. Question: Do listeners think Jadzia Dax did the right thing by apologizing at the …
 
Episode 285: Lower Decks Crisis Point Aaron and David are back this week to discuss the next episode of Lower Decks “Crisis Point”. In the penultimate episode of season one of Lower Decks we basically get Lower Decks the movie. Mariner hijacks Boimler’s holodeck program and makes a movie out of it. The Synthaholics revel in all the moments from Sta…
 
Book Club Episode 18: Dune Part 18 Aaron and David discuss the next two chapters of Dune. This week Stilgar tries to make his move on lady Jessica but when his advances aren’t met the way he is hoping he lets her know there may be an opening working with a Reverend mother in the clan. Jamis is a poor loser from his fight when first meeting Paul and…
 
Episode 136 Marauders / Favor the Bold / Sacrifice of Angels. We welcome guest Travis Richey again to discuss some of the pivotal Season 6 DS9 episodes. Travis, Eric and myself wax lyrical on Favor the Bold and Sacrifice of Angels and we.... are left rather meh by this weeks Enterprise. Marauders Ratings: Travis 5, Bob 5, Eric 5. Favor the Bold & S…
 
Episode 135 A Night in Sickbay / Behind the Lines. We are left cold by this week's Enterprise just as things are heating up on Deep Space Nine. A Night in Sickbay Ratings: Bob 2.5, Eric 3. Behind the Lines Ratings: Bob 7, Eric 6. Question: Do listeners absolve or disagree with Odo's actions in Behind the Lines? or... Do Listerners think Archer did …
 
Episode 284: Lower Decks Veritas Aaron and David are back this week to discuss the next episode of Lower Decks “Veritas”. Before we get into Veritas we bring up the odd news that has been circulating this week about Paramount no longer working to produce Star Trek movies then the news that followed shortly after saying that that just wasn't true. “…
 
Book Club Episode 17: Dune Part 17 Aaron and David discuss the next two chapters of Dune. We catch up with Liet Kynes in his last moments wandering the desert without his still suit. He seems to be suffering from a combination of heat sickness and a ton of Spice in his system. He speaks to his long dead father. Meanwhile Paul and Jessica are workin…
 
Episode 283: Lower Decks Much Ado About Boimler Aaron and David are back this week to talk the next episode of Lower Decks “Much Ado About Boimler”. But before we get into this week's episode we ponder the latest Star Trek Discovery Season 3 trailer. The trailer has spawned some fan theories and we also discuss our thoughts on them. This episode gi…
 
Book Club Episode 16: Dune Part 16 Aaron and David discuss the next two chapters of Dune Book Two Muad'Dib. Gurney Halleck makes a deal with the smugglers to lend his sword, axe and bow to their cause. Meanwhile Paul and Lady Jessica continue to make their way through the desert in hopes of meeting the Fremen. Pour yourself a cold beverage and list…
 
In which a dude can split his body into multiple parts! This week, we look ahead to the fast-approaching end of this animated show and what lies beyond...the movies...we decide the Arex is massively underappreciated, and...that, though our titular character doesn't make any sense, this episode was still pretty fun. At least it had a dungeon!…
 
Episode 282: Lower Decks Terminal Provocations with Conspirinormal Podcast Aaron and David welcome Adam Sayne and Serfiel Stevenson from the Conspirinormal Podcast to discuss the next episode of Lower Decks Terminal Provocations. Before we get into Lower Decks our guests Adam and Serfiel tell us about their upcoming event Strange Realities. In the …
 
Book Club Episode 15: Dune Part 15 with Conspirinormal Podcast Aaron and David welcome Adam Sayne and Serfiel Stevenson from the Conspirinormal Podcast to discuss the next chapter of Dune Book Two Muad'Dib. Before we get into Dune our guests Adam and Serfiel tell us about their upcoming event Strange Realities. In the past Strange Realities has bee…
 
Episode 281: Lower Decks Cupid’s Errant Arrow This week David and Aaron are here to discuss “Cupid’s Errant Arrow” the fifth episode of Lower Decks. Again this title threw David off as he was expecting something a bit different given the episode's title. We also discuss how this episode has some strengths over Discovery and Picard, as well as the c…
 
Book Club Episode 14: Dune Part 14 Aaron and David discuss the next two chapters of Dune Book Two Muad'Dib. Paul and Lady Jessica are picked up by Duncan Idaho and Dr. Kynes in an Ornithopter and taken to the office of Dr. Kynes. Paul tries to earn the trust of Dr. Kynes, and narrowly escapes the Sardaukar, alas poor Duncan Idaho does not. Meanwhil…
 
Earthquakes! Convertibles! Lava! Loc'd up dudes! This is the episode that has it all! Josh feels like Miles O'Brien is being wasted on the Enterprise and airs out his feelings on Riker, we absolutely fall in love with this episode's self-confessed 'coward,' and Kirk *gets* hit on for once. This episode grew on us the more we talked about it!…
 
Episode 280: Lower Decks Moist Vessel This week David and Aaron are here to discuss “Moist Vessel” the fourth episode of Lower Decks. David was very disappointed “Moist Vessel” didn't quite turn out how he expected it to be given the title. However the episode does help us dive into a deep discussion about what happens on the holodeck and what beco…
 
Book Club Episode 13: Dune Part 13 Aaron and David discuss the first two chapters of Dune Book Two Muad'Dib. Lady Jessica is having some bad dreams that her poor husband won't be remembered and Paul takes charge to get to safety. Thufir Hawat learns how to make nice with the Fremen and is floored by how formidable the Fremen are against Sardaukar w…
 
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