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Primitive Culture is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated to a deep examination of the connections between Star Trek and our own history and culture. In each episode, Duncan Barrett and his guests take you on a fascinating exploration of how our world inspires the franchise we love—and how that franchise inspires us.
 
A renowned Star Trek authority, Larry Nemecek is author of the bestselling classic Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, and founder of the behind-the-scenes monthly multi-mode fan experience Portal 47. As a regular convention guest worldwide, Larry is often referred to as “Dr. Trek.” He has also been a frequent guest on Trek.fm since the start of the network in 2011. In this special podcast collection, you can easily access all the episodes that feature Dr. Trek.
 
Romulans Bearing Gifts podcast hosted by Eric, Cat, and Carl + Caitlin and Tom. We set out to discuss episodes covering all series and eras of Star Trek. We've been podcasting together for quite some time on Sci-Fi Party Line, Mostly Harmless Cutaway, and Prognosis Negative—from Sci-fi to Doctor Who, to film, we are finally focusing on the original wagon train to the stars, STAR TREK. And yes, we will be covering each episode of the new series when it debuts in 2017... Each week the regular ...
 
The Orb is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated entirely to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Not an episode review show, The Orb explores specific elements with hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing. We dive deep into this unique chapter in the Star Trek story to examine how it tackles the shades of grey that we find in real life, and how it uses characters over technology to tell timeless stories that connect with the audience.
 
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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Marking our 10th anniversary. Many people say that time flies. Doctor Tolian Soran said that time is the fire in which we burn. Whichever you subscribe to, time moves forward and people—as well as their views—change. On May 31, 2011, we aired the first episode of The Ready Room. What began as a singular podcast hosted by two hew-mons—C Bryan Jones …
 
How Nicholas Meyer’s other time-travel caper inspired The Voyage Home When Nicholas Meyer was called in to write a new script for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, just weeks before pre-production was due to begin, he must have been struck with a bad case of déjà vu. Leonard Nimoy explained that the story outline he would be working from involved the …
 
Adil Hussain interview. We’ve all lived through extraordinary times over the past year, and we’re still trying to find our way back to the world we remember. The same can be said for Michael Burnham and the crew of the USS Discovery after their jump from the 23rd to the 32nd century. In both cases, catastrophe turned life upside down. But when Burn…
 
The Scopes Monkey Trial, Inherit the Wind, and DS9’s “In the Hands of the Prophets.” The trial of US high school teacher John Scopes in 1925 was perhaps the definitive 20th-century showdown between religion and science. Indicted for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in defiance of creationist state law, Scopes turned the small town of Dayton, T…
 
Suspiria and “Cold Fire” Despite being teased in the series premiere, it took Star Trek: Voyager well over a year to actually introduce its female caretaker, a being with the power to send the ship home on a whim. And when the entity did appear, in the second-season episode “Cold Fire,” she turned out to have a surprising and distinctly sinister na…
 
Episode titles since 2009. Concluding our look at Star Trek’s 800-plus episode titles to date, in this episode of Primitive Culture host Duncan Barrett is joined by Tony Black to consider naming strategies for the Kelvin films, Short Treks, Discovery, Picard, and Lower Decks. What exactly lies “beyond” the final frontier? Can magic really make the …
 
Looking Back at Discovery Season Three. When Michael Burnham and the USS Discovery emerged from their Red Angel-created wormhole into the 32nd century, things didn’t go quite as planned. Terralysium was not in the neighborhood and temporal wackiness left Michael and the ship a year apart. But once reunited, they set off on a grand adventure to find…
 
Rivals Commentary. One of the greatest friendships in Star Trek is that of Miles O’Brien and Julian Bashir. And it really started on a racquetball court. Space racquetball, of course. In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing get together for a casual discussion about the second-season episode “Rivals” and the genesis of t…
 
The original reset button. It’s one of the oldest of literary tropes: a sudden, last-minute reveal that an apparent fictional reality is actually doubly invented. From Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on, writers have thrilled in pulling the rug out from under readers and characters alike, allowing carefully constructed scenarios to collapse like a…
 
Why DS9 endures. Almost three decades after it first aired, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine continues to be loved by its fans and welcomes first-time viewers every day. What is it about this series that was once cast into the shadows while its sister series basked in the limelight that connects so well with today’s audience? In this episode of The Orb, …
 
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 m…
 
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 hav…
 
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 titles in Voyager and Enterprise. Does hubris always lead to nemesis? What can you see in a mirror, darkly? And how do you know when you’ve finally reached the endgame? In this episode of Primitive Culture, host Duncan Barrett is joined by Tony Black to continue our look at Star Trek episode titles as we wrap up Voyager, Enterprise, and the…
 
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…
 
Milestone Episodes of Star Trek. For most TV shows, making it to the one-hundredth episode is a significant achievement. In the Star Trek franchise, only the three 1990s spinoffs—The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager were able to reach this milestone. But collectively, more than half a century since Gene Roddenberry’s original show debu…
 
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…
 
A Marxist analysis of “Bar Association,” with Will Nguyen. From lowly dogsbody to Grand Nagus of the Ferengi Alliance, Quark’s brother Rom went on quite a journey during Deep Space Nine’s seven seasons. Perhaps the most pivotal moment for the character came in the episode “Bar Association,” in which Rom outrages Ferengi custom by setting up a union…
 
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 titles up to “What You Leave Behind” When is a scorpion not just a scorpion? What wrongs are darker than death or night? And what happens when you cross a dark frontier to dance with the devil in the pale moonlight? In this episode of Primitive Culture, we continue our trek through Star Trek’s episode titles as host Duncan Barrett is joined…
 
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…
 
Dan Davidson on how “Captive Pursuit” saved his life. For many fans, Star Trek has been a force for good in their lives—but few can say with certainty that they wouldn’t be here now if it weren’t for their favorite show. In this episode of Primitive Culture, a supplement to the previous episode’s look at suicide in Star Trek, host Duncan Barrett sh…
 
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…
 
For Starfleet officers, saving lives is perhaps the most important part of the job, even more so than exploring the galaxy and making contact with new civilizations. So when a character such as Quinn, the Q in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Death Wish,” chooses to end their own life, it invariably comes as a shock—just as, in our own lives, the de…
 
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 titles from “The Search” to *Star Trek: First Contact*. As we continue our voyage through Star Trek’s episode titles, host Duncan Barrett is joined in this episode of Primitive Culture by Lee Hutchison for a look at some more episode titles from Deep Space Nine and Voyager. What exactly is the way of a warrior? How hard is it to fit through…
 
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 …
 
Discovery Season 3 preview. The third season of Star Trek: Discovery is finally here after a pandemic-induced delay. At least we didn’t have to wait 930 years. That’s how much time has passed for most people when the crew of the USS Discovery arrives in the Beta Quadrant after their jump to put the sphere data permanently out of reach of Section 31…
 
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