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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!
 
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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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Episode 279: Lower Decks Temporal Edict This week David and Aaron are on their own to discuss Temporal Edict the third episode of the outstanding new animated Star Trek show Lower Decks. The episode title is a bit of a misnomer as we were expecting a time travel episode. However Temporal Edict dealt with Scotty's invention of buffer time and the mi…
 
Book Club Episode 12: Dune Part 12 Aaron and David discuss the next two chapters of Dune, Duke Leto comes face to face with Piter and unfortunately unloads the false tooth poison into the wrong person. All in the room die save the prime target of the assassination attempt. Meanwhile, Paul and Jessica are listening to the battle reports in their ten…
 
Book Club Episode 11: Dune Part 11 Aaron and David discuss the next two chapters of Dune, with Doctor Yueh’s plan set in motion the Harkonnen have invaded the palace. Duncan wasn't drunk and loud for long enough as the lady Jessica and Paul are drugged and bound to meat Barron Harkonnen and Piter. Piter plays, let's make a deal and this results in …
 
Episode 278: Lower Decks Envoys with Rocky Mountain Geek Tank Aaron and David are joined this week by the Rocky Mountain Geek Tank to talk about Star Trek in general and Lower Decks specifically. Rocky Mountain Geek Tank is made up of Guy Davis who’s been a guest many times, Troy Fluhr who appeared way back on our Rouge One Podcast, and Chelsea Kra…
 
Episode 277: Lower Decks Second Contact Star Trek Lower Decks the latest CBS All Access Star Trek Show and the Synthaholics are here to cover it. The first episode of Lower Decks is titled “Second Contact”. The U.S.S. Cerritos is making second contact and is setting up its communication array so that they can communicate with the rest of the federa…
 
Book Club Episode 10: Dune Part 10 This week Duncan Idaho is such a loud drunk that he wakes up Lady Jessica while she is sleeping from down the hall. Duncan has been enjoying the spice beer and hanging with the ladys a little too much. Lady Jessica then has an intense talk with Thufir and debates whether to not tell him she is pregnant with the Du…
 
Episode 276: The Seventh Man and Pyre Aaron and David move deeper into season 2 of the Expanse with “The Seventh Man” and “Pyre”. In “The Seventh Man” Bobbie is rescued and is questioned about what happened since she is the sole survivor of her squad after the mirrors fell on Ganymede. In Pyre we meet the Ganymede botanist Praxidike Meng, now a ref…
 
Book Club Episode 9: Dune Part 9 Duke Leto Hosts a dinner party where customs are abolished, where some people have names, and where other people have no names. Tensions rise as code words and hand signals are passed under the table. Could there be an assassination attempt at the dinner table? Is Dr. Yueh poised to strike? Will Paul be lured to his…
 
Episode 275: Home and Paradigm Shift David returns and is joined by Aaron to discuss the next two episodes of The Expanse “Home” and “Paradigm Shift.” But first David must give his thoughts and reactions to the Star Trek Lower Decks animated series trailer. We also have another listener email we read before we get into the meat of the episode. With…
 
Book Club Episode 8: Dune Part 8 Leto and Paul then meet Dr. Kynes the Arrakis ecologist. Kynes explains the use of stillsuits, special outfits that contain the amount of moisture the body uses up and which are able to recycle the majority of the body’s moisture. Kynes takes the Duke and Paul to visit a spice-mining operation. While they are there,…
 
Episode 274: Static & Godspeed with Guy Davis Dave is away this week. Aaron and returning guest Guy Davis discuss the trailer for Star Trek: Lower Decks. The newest animated comedy from CBS All Access from the Rick and Morty creator Mike McMahan. Next we dish on The Expanse episodes "Static" & "Godspeed". With Miller killing of the scientist Dresde…
 
Episode 273: Safe, Doors & Corners Aaron and David boldly go into season two of The Expanse covering the first two episodes “Safe” and “Doors & Corners”. Going forward we plan to cut down on the episode recap so we can get into more of a discussion earlier on. We also have a listener email in regards to our Far Beyond the Stars episode before we ge…
 
Book Club Episode 7: Dune Part 7 In our next two chapters of Dune Duke Leto inspects some quickly modified chairs and discusses with Thufir Hawat who the traitor might be. Thufir strongly suspects Jessica to be the traitor. Duke Leto finds this to be absolutely absurd and lets Paul in on the fact that he has to pretend to suspect Jessica of treache…
 
Episode 272: Final Fantasy VII Remake This week on Synthaholics we do something new, we do our first not Star Trek video game discussion. David welcomes past colleague Brian Banister to the show to discuss Final Fantasy VII Remake. Aaron and Holly are both on vacation this week. Before we get into the Final Fantasy VII Remake discussion we talk abo…
 
Episode 271: Critical Mass and Leviathan Wakes We have arrived at the final two episodes of the first season of The Expanse, and what a journey it has been. Aaron, David, and Holly share our thoughts on Critical Mass and Leviathan Wakes, although Holly only joins the boys briefly this week. The Expanse keeps getting better and better, and we end up…
 
Book Club Episode 6: Dune Part 6 In our next two chapters of Dune our fearless leader Duke Leto stews over the Harkonnen’s attempt on his son’s life. He also enlists Gurney to recruit as much of the help as they can to assist in mining the spice to get production rolling again. Later Paul gets to attend his very first staff meeting on Dune where th…
 
Episode 270: Windmills & Salvage Once more unto the breach, dear friends! Into the Expanse - with David, Holly and Aaron! This week Chrisjen makes a house call with James Holden’s family in Montana. We discover the secret meaning of "donkey balls". The crew of the Rocinante discovers a derelict vessel holding a secret that may destroy humankind. (N…
 
Book Club Episode 5: Dune Part 5 In our next two chapters of Dune Paul just can't sleep due to how cool his bed’s headboard is. He also encounters a dangerous assassins tool every good Dukes son learns about at an early age the Hunter Seeker. Meanwhile lady Jessica uncovers a secret message with an ominous warning. Grab a plate of Spice Melange and…
 
Episode 269: Far Beyond the Stars with Guy Davis This week David, Aaron and Guy break away from the Expanse to talk about current issues. Warning: this episode we do get very political! As our country struggles with the issues of race and equality we dive into a classic Deep Space Nine episode. In this story the Prophets transport Sisko to the 1950…
 
Book Club Episode 4: Dune Part 4 We finally make it to planet Arrakis! Man, is it hot here! And DRY! Lady Jessica unpacks an old portrait of Leto's father and a mounted bull's head. Later Jessica meets her new servant Shadout Mapes. Jessica correctly identifies a strange knife, calling it a "Maker". Next Jessica has a somewhat normal discussion wit…
 
Episode 268: The Expanse: Back to the Butcher & Rock Bottom This week David and Aaron talk more of the Expanse! What happened to Anderson Station? Fred Johnson happened to Anderson Station! "The Butcher of Anderson Station''! James Holden christens their vessel the "Rocinante" and finds safe harbor on Tycho Station where they make an unlikely ally.…
 
Book Club Episode 3: Dune Part 3 Join Aaron and David as we discuss DUNE in our book club series. This week we get introduced to the super creepy Dr. Yueh. The book wastes no time letting us know that he indeed is the traitor that will be the end of the Duke Leto Atreides. Speaking of the Duke we finally meet him this week as well in two shorter ch…
 
Episode 267: The Expanse: Remember the Cant & CQB This week we return to The Expanse! James Holden's message broadcasts all over Ceres and is inciting riots. Detective Miller continues his search for Julie Mao. Miller tracks down Anderson Dawes, the leader of the O.P.A. On Earth Chrisjen Avasarala tricks her friend Franklin DeGraaf (the U.N. Ambass…
 
Book Club Episode 2: Dune Part 2 Join Aaron and Holly as we discuss DUNE in our book club series. This week Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam leaves planet Caladan after further questioning Paul and see a dire ending to the Duke. We also meet Thufir Hawat and Gurney Halleck, Paul's teachers and friends. Grab a plate of Spice Melange and kick back …
 
Episode 266: Pandemic Playlist This week we compiled lists to entertain you through this 2020 Pandemic. We wanted to bring you episodes that were both entertaining and relevant to our current situation and we’re just gonna get right down to it… here are all of our recommendations! 1995 Film: 12 Monkeys TOS&TNG: The Naked Time & The Naked Now TNG Sy…
 
Book Club Episode 1: Dune part 1 We are stating a shorter format book club series that will hopefully be a weekly release. We are kicking off this series with Frank Herbert's sci-fi novel DUNE. This week we are covering the first two chapters so grab yourself a copy of Dune and follow along. Our music is provided by! http://warp11.com/ you can foll…
 
Episode 265: The Expanse Dulcinea and The Big Empty Today we expand our universe with a little Syfy/Amazon show called… The Expanse! …too on the nose? Anyway, We have a relatively short episode for you this week -which is odd because we discussed the happenings of Episode 1 and 2 of the first season, but we’re all looking forward to more! But first…
 
Episode 264: Kobayashi Maru Extinction with Jason Yungbluth This week we need to apologize to our special guest Jason Yungbluth. Because was are talking about one of our least favorite episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise - "Extinction". BUT there is more! We balance off this bitter episode with the sweet discussion of Jason Yungbluth's newset comic b…
 
Episode 263: Alita: Battle Angel This week David, Aaron and Holly visit the 26th Century with Guy Davis, who sheds light on the history of the tale of a little cyborg girl who is actually a very powerful warrior from Mars, she just doesn’t know it yet... All four of your hosts this week have different levels of exposure to the world of Alita: Battl…
 
Episode 262: The Sound of Her Voice This week, listen to Aaron, David, and Holly from last week talk about a Deep Space Nine’s 149th episode where Sisco, O’Brian, and Bashir talk to a woman from three years past… And no, we do not divulge our innermost thoughts to strangers in this episode. “The Sound of Her Voice” Season 6 episode 25 of Deep Space…
 
Episode 261: Picard Post Mortem with Lloyd Evans Lloyd Evans returns as our guest! This week David, Aaron and Llyod do our post mortem of Star Trek: Picard Season 1. The return of Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard has been greatly anticipated. Did this season do justice to one of Star Trek's most beloved character? We have mixed feelings on th…
 
Episode 260: The Gamesters of Triskelion Aaaah, back to some classic Trek! This episode Dave and Aaron look back at the classic (but silly) Original Series "The Gamesters of Triskelion". Over the years this episode has had a lot of cultural references and it has generated some internet memes. But is it a good episode? You can bet 1000 quatloos that…
 
Episode 259: Doctor Who “Improper Dave” This week, Dave becomes “Improper Dave” to Proper Dave and Other Dave! Aaron and Holly talked him into watching TWO Doctor Who episodes- fan favorites: “Silence in the Library” and “Forest of the Dead”. He met David Tennant’s Doctor, The Most Important Woman in the Universe, River Song, and the Vashta Nerada!…
 
The finale of Star Trek: Picard is here! We unpack this loaded episode with our guest Jeff Heller from Screen Radar. We all come out of Season One with different thoughts and feelings. Some of us felt that it was a good finale and season. While others feel it was a hollow ending. Will Soji become the "Destroyer"? How can Picard appeal to the Synths…
 
Episode 257: Et in Arcadia Ego Part 1 This week we have a full house as we welcome Guy Davis from Rocky Mountain Geek Tank Podcast.! We discuss this week's episode of Star Trek: Picard, "Et in Arcadia: Part 1". After the last episode answered a lot of questions this episode gives us many more questions to ponder. This is a long podcast as there are…
 
Episode 256: Broken Pieces with Captain Foley This week we welcome Captain Stuart Foley of Trekyards! We discuss this week's episode of Star Trek: Picard, "Broken Pieces". This episode a lot of our questions are answered. We find out the history of Commodore Oh. We get more background for the secretive Zhat Vash. The broken pieces of Captain Rios' …
 
Episode 255: Nepenthe with Guy Davis This week David and Holly are away. But Aaron is joined by the talented and knowledgeable Guy Davis from Rocky Mountain Geek Tank Podcast. Guy and Aaron have a LONG discussion about this week's episode of Picard. From the deconstruction of the plot and benefits and pitfalls of group mind think. Enjoy responsibly…
 
Episode 254: The Impossible Box This week Dave, Holly and Aaron discussion the Picard episode "The Impossible Box". Picard finally makes it to the "Artifact" (AKA the Borg Cube) to search for Soji. Picard is met by an old friend Hugh the ex-Borg. In the meantime, Soji is haunted by a nightmare. With the help of Narek, Soji is able to explore her dr…
 
Episode 253: Stardust City Rag This week Picard travels to the Las Vegas in space - "Freecloud" in search of Bruce Maddox. They need to play the part of "interfacers" to broker a deal to get Maddox from the nefarious Bjayzl. Only to find out that Seven of Nine has a secret agenda on their mission. We talk high and low points of this episode. Dave, …
 
Episode 252: Absolute Candor This week Holly, Dave & Aaron's guest is Jeff Heller from Film Dumpster to talk Star Trek: Picard. This episode "Absolute Candor" we find that Picard has left loose ends on the planet Vashti. A boy named Elnor & Picard had a close friendship. But after the Synth attack on Mars Picard left. After 14 years Picard returns …
 
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