April 29, 2016
The generations meet as Star Trek: Generations arrives in The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular’s Star Trek film vault series. Glenn & Scott break down The Next Generation‘s
arrival on the big screen, including all the ways and all the times the
torch was passed, how Captain Picard is like Tom Bombadil, what it
means to have a TV production staff making a movie, aging, regret, the
pull of duty, the dual symbolism of the Nexus, James T. Kirk:
Existentialist, Data & Picard’s feels, symbolic sacrifices,
normality, and what we leave behind. You don’t have to wait until
Tuesday for this episode of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular!
Find Glenn’s article on the wider Star Trek franchise in 1994 here.
If you have any questions or suggested topics for a future Star Trek mailbag episode of the Spectacular, contact Glenn or comment on the PTBN Facebook page!
April 15, 2016
It’s time for a quick Campaign 2016 update on The Glenn Butler Podcast
Hour Spectacular, as Glenn & Scott welcome Steve Wille back to the
podcast to examine how some of the candidates are campaigning among Jews
in the lead-up to the New York primary. Candidates are rolling out
matzah, quizzing Yeshiva students, listing their favorite figures from the Tanakh,
bragging about their grandkids, and much more — and the ol’ Spectacular
is ON IT. By the end of the show Scott hardly has any face left to
palm. So get a bagel, try to parlay it into some votes, and enjoy a
policy-light and sarcasm-heavy discussion!
April 15, 2016
It’s the end of an era, as Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
comes under the watchful eye of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour
Spectacular. Glenn & Scott examine the final voyage of the collected
Original Series cast, including its story’s parallels to the end of the
Cold War, the celebration of Star Trek‘s 25th anniversary from
the perspective of its 50th, the crew’s abruptly increased
space-racism, the return of Nicholas Meyer, things and supplies, logic
as the beginning of wisdom, and more adventures in budgetary
restrictions. There’s also no small amount of debate as to what exactly
one should call Spock’s violation of Valeris. (Warning: discussion of
rape and torture from 38:31 to 53:40.)
April 8, 2016
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is the latest entry into the
Star Trek film vault series, as The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour
Spectacular investigates one of the most derided entries in the
franchise. Glenn & Scott welcome special guest Erik Amundsen for an
in-depth discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of Star Trek V,
the character dynamics, William Shatner’s turn in the director’s chair,
how the film also reflects Shatner’s interests as an artist, the film’s
place in the development of the Star Trek franchise, the meaning of
Uhura’s nude fan dance, Doctor McCoy’s stance on euthanasia, and whether
The Final Frontier deserves the reputation it’s accrued. The
three also consider two very important questions: what does God need
with a starship, and why is Captain Kirk climbing a mountain?
We need our pain, but sometimes the words aren’t important, what’s important is that you have a good time singing.
Find Erik’s published fiction at Jabberwocky, Apex Magazine, Lackington’s, and twice at Clarkesworld.
March 18, 2016
The Star Trek film vault continues with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
in the latest Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, when Glenn &
Scott welcome Andy Halleen back to the show for a laid-back discussion
of one of the most aesthetically and financially successful entries in
the series. The three discuss The Voyage Home‘s shift into
comedy, the ongoing transformation of William Shatner, colorful
metaphors, orbital mechanics, the whale prime directive, and how each of
the movie’s characters are used & developed. Also, Scott does his
impression of whale song, because of course he does.
We won’t eschew you on the latest episode of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular!
March 4, 2016
The Star Trek film vault continues with Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,
as The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular takes a turn towards the
meditative. Glenn & Scott welcome Tim Capel from PTBN Comics to an
in-depth discussion of the third Star Trek movie’s place in an
ongoing story, its theatricality, Klingon linguistics, Christopher Lloyd
& Mark Lenard’s differing approaches to gravitas, how death can be
turned into a fighting chance to live, the inability of Commander Kruge
to see past his own worldview, the film’s distinct lack of Kirstie Alley
& Bibi Besch, and finger-sex versus finger-foreplay. Glenn sings
the praises of James Horner’s lyrical score, Tim gives a brief rundown
of the state of Trek comics in the early 80’s, and Scott explains why the film’s finale might be the best single scene in Star Trek history.
Get yourself an Altair water, hit the antimatter inducer, and enjoy
the latest episode of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular!
February 26, 2016
The X-Files have been closed once again, and Glenn & Scott welcome
Andy Halleen back to The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular to follow
up on their discussion at the beginning of season ten now that the miniseries has fully taken shape. They discuss the return of various styles of X-Files episodes, whether the limited six-episode run hurt or helped the show, the value and quality of cliffhangers, the launch of The X-Files: The Next Generation with Agents Einstein and M-Something, a drug trip to remember, X-Files
as viewed through the lens of sports announcers, terrorism, and much
more. Also, Scott lists all (and we mean ALL) of the people who could
possibly be on the ship.
February 19, 2016
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is the subject of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular’s latest dive into the Star Trek vault, as Glenn & Scott welcome Todd Weber from PTBN’s comics contingent to break down the Trek movie with what is probably the best reputation. They discuss how & why Star Trek II differed from Star Trek I, check in on the movie’s characters, examine the pull it exerted on all future Trek
movies, sing the praises of actors from Ricardo Montalbán to William
Shatner to Bibi Besch, lament the absence of Madeline Kahn, and much
February 12, 2016
Oscar season is here, and The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular
is ON IT. Glenn & Scott cover this year’s Oscars the only way they
know how: by running down the five nominees for Best Original Score!
They discuss Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score for Sicario, Ennio Morricone’s The Hateful Eight, Thomas Newman’s Bridge of Spies, Carter Burwell’s Carol, and last but not least, John Williams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
They discuss their reactions to the commercial albums for all five
scores, the differences between those and what Academy voters have
received, some other scores by the nominated composers, which score they
think will win, the political decision-making that goes into an actual
Academy vote for Best Score, and more!
For an extended discussion of The Force Awakens‘ score, check out episode three of the ol’ Podcast Hour Spectacular.
February 8, 2016
To mark Star Trek’s 50th-anniversary year, The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour
Spectacular launches a special rewind series examining the twelve Trek
films, leading up to the release of the thirteenth this July! In this
installment, the journey begins with a dive into Star Trek: The Motion
Picture. Glenn & Scott Butler look at the first Star Trek movie’s
development, its pacing issues, its iconic score, its relationship with
fandom as it existed in the 70’s, which pieces of the original series
are retained and which are discarded, new characters that are introduced
and done away with in short order, beloved characters whose actual
characterization might be considered thin, the effect the film had on
the franchise’s development heading into the eighties, and whether it
deserves its poor reputation. Tune in to find out how many times Scott
can say the phrase “dreadfully dull” in eighty-four minutes!
January 28, 2016
The truth is still out there, and The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular is all over the return of The X-Files in pursuit of it. Glenn & Scott welcome special guest Andy Halleen to the podcast to talk about some of their favorite episodes & moments over the course of The X-Files‘
long run, the way that the first two episodes of the new miniseries
reintroduce both the larger mythology and case-of-the-week styles of the
series, Gillian Anderson having to hold out for equal pay, the
relationship between real-world conspiracy theories and TV conspiracy
theories, and AD Skinner’s stalled career.
You don’t have to register an account on MindQuad to listen to this brand-new episode of The Glenn Butler Podcast Spectacular!
January 22, 2016
With the long hard slog of the US presidential campaign slogging along,
The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular is back with a despairing and
at times contemptuous look at all of the people who for some reason are
still running for President on the eve of the Iowa caucus. Then,
considering the ascendancy of Donald Trump, Glenn & Scott
contemplate other WWE Hall of Famers who might make better Presidents of
the United States. Finally, there’s a brief look at the 2016 US Senate
race in Connecticut and the idea of Linda McMahon joining the fray once
January 19, 2016
In a blockbuster new episode of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour
Spectacular, Glenn & Scott are joined by special guest and friend of
the show Alanna Kelly to dive just a little deeper into Star Wars: The Force Awakens than the last episode did. The three discuss their histories of Star Wars
fandom and expectations going into Episode VII before getting into the
marketing of this new movie as a return to the old and beloved tropes of
Star Wars, as well as the development of the new characters,
including their motivations and costuming (are you on #TeamCape?). Glenn
accidentally winds up engaging in a little more prequel apologia than
expected, Scott shares a story about an Empire Strikes Back bootleg video tape, and hosts & guest alike desperately try to remember Alfred Molina’s name.
After the break, Glenn, Scott, and Alanna examine the aesthetic construction of The Force Awakens, the Star Wars
universe’s newfound diversity, and how this film fits in JJ Abrams’
career. The show closes with a new segment on various other media the
participants have been consuming lately, including Another Round and extensive discussions about the recent Sherlock special and season two of the Serial podcast.
December 22, 2015
The month’s humongous sci-fi premiere has arrived with the big-screen debut of the Star Trek Beyond trailer, and PTBN’s Brothers of Discussion, Glenn & Scott Butler, are ON IT. What is there to look forward to, or not, in Star Trek XIII? Other topics covered include the balance of action and ideas in Star Trek movies, Kirk’s characterization, the new uniforms, and the Hater Brigade.
Following that, the BOD give their thoughts on John Williams’ new score to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Where does it lie on the spectrum between the trilogy and prequel
scores? Does every Williams action score from the last fifteen years
sound the same? How do the new themes measure up? The actual movie might
come up as well.
November 25, 2015
This installment of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular sees
PTBN’s Brothers of Discussion, Glenn & Scott Butler, welcome Steve
Wille to a discussion of another Spectacular, PTBN’s Holiday Tournament
Spectacular, coming to The Place to Be at the stroke of midnight as
Thanksgiving turns to Black Friday and the holiday season blasts off.
The three men run down all four regions of the tournament and break down
128 different holiday movies, TV episodes, songs, albums, foods, and
experiences…and, we like to think, learn a little bit about each other
in the process. After all, isn’t that what the holidays are all about?