Synthaholics: A Star Trek Podcast

Synthaholics: A Star Trek Podcast

Synthaholics is a Star Trek podcast hosted by David Duncan, Aaron O'Brian and Holly Michelle Vine! We seek out new life and new drink combinations to boldly go where no Star Trek Podcast has gone before! We cover topics ranging from all the shows, movies, and even comics!

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February 5, 2021 101 min

Episode 300: A New Direction 

Welcome to the 300th episode of Synthholics. Aaron and David celebrate this milestone by talking about life, the universe, and everything. This week we look back over almost six years and 300 episodes of Synthaholics. As part of this discussion we explain our current feelings about Star Trek as it currently exists and mention some of our goals for the podcast once we come back from our break. Think of ...

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Episode 299: Tenet

Welcome to Synthaholics your weekly Inverted Podcast. Aaron and David talk about the most recent mind bending Christopher Nolan film Tenet. This is likely the best movie of 2020 seeing as not much got to come out in 2020. Tenet is a solid movie though we did have some questions about how things panned out in the film. We also have a listener email and do talk a little bit about the future of the podcast after our...

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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 overall story to measure up the strengths and weaknesses of season three. We also talk ab...

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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 wrap things up in a satisfying thought provoking way? Well I'm sure that is...

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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? Georgiou tries to make changes in the Mirror Universe but one person isn’t enough t...

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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 ensemble cast, and “Terra Firma Part 1” is just so much fun. On the other hand it’s a Mi...

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December 11, 2020 34 min

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 possession he promises Chani that Irulan will never know his love and that Chani will alwa...

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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 really in service to the overall seasonal arc. (as far as we can tell at this point ...

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December 4, 2020 21 min

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 Vladimir Harkonnen basically become a completely different character who loses all his b...

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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 give up the information freely so Michael evokes an ancient Vulcan ritual to try to fo...

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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 we will find out next week if this week's MacGuffin pays off. Is anyone else...

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November 20, 2020 22 min

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 mother is safe Paul decides it would be a great time to take a three week coma and so ...

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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 called a new version of the constitution class. The StarFleet Admiral isn't too ha...

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November 13, 2020 17 min

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 releases a Sardaukar captain so the emperor can know that the new Duke of Dune is still a...

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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 spend some time with some familiar aliens is always fun. We also hope we get to run ...

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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 what's going on beyond its atmosphere. This has us scratching our heads as to w...

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October 30, 2020 36 min

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 interesting the spice is and how it almost makes the fremem a collective of sorts being aware o...

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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. The upcoming Las Vegas Trek conventions have to be unofficial. “That Hope is You” fe...

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October 23, 2020 24 min

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 the barron is trying to set up Feyd to become emperor. Meanwhile Thufir Hawat plots to...

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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 fun chase sequence. We start off giving some non spoiler thoughts of the fir...

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