The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 32: Blood and Screams and Funerals – Star Trek: Discovery

September 27, 2017

As Star Trek: Discovery brings Trek back to your TV screen, so too does it herald the return of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular to the podcatcher of your choice. Glenn & Scott are back to discuss Discovery‘s two-part pilot, “The Vulcan Hello” and “Battle at the Binary Stars,” and a bevy of related issues. In the spoiler-free opening section, Scott tells a tale of his misbegotten youth…also they talk about the show. After that, SPOILERS abound as they break down Discovery‘s characters, plot, score, design aesthetic, and the surprising status of its eponymous starship.

Find more written pieces and many more podcasts on Star Trek, including Glenn & Scott’s series on all of the movies, here!

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The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 31: Second Annual Oscar Preview – Best Original Score

February 19, 2017

It’s Oscar season on The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular! Glenn & Scott examine the Best Original Score category, noting the mildly pleasant, the bad, and the ugly, before also giving a brief rundown of the Best Original Song category and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s chances of achieving the coveted MacPEGOT. Along the way the Brothers Butler desperately try to remember which year The Full Monty came out and wonder when exactly white people took over jazz, before finishing with an impassioned rundown of 2016 scores they enjoyed more than any of the Academy’s nominees.

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The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 30: Sherlock Series 4

January 28, 2017

Glenn and Alanna are back in the podcast mind palace to examine Sherlock on the occasion of its latest series. The takes flow as they move from appreciation to trepidation to disappointment and despair, stopping along the way to discuss the precise definition of fridging. SPOILERS ABOUND for all of the deep dark secrets revealed.

Also, could it be that there’s a seeeeeeeeecret extra mini-podcast at the end???

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The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 29: Rogue One

December 26, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has arrived, and The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular is ON IT. Glenn & Scott are joined by Alanna Kelly for a wide-ranging discussion on the value & uses of fanservice, the right & wrong ways to change the tone of a Star Wars movie, and much more. Are the new characters worth caring about? What does it mean for Our Heroes to live under a fascist regime? What can you really build on hope? How does everything from the graphic design of the film to Michael Giacchino’s score contribute to making this feel like a Star Wars movie? SPOILERS abound for Rogue One, other Star Wars properties, and possibly On the Beach.

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The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 28: Reflection, Surprise, Terror…for the Future

December 15, 2016

Glenn & Scott return from a medical hiatus to consider the course of human events.

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The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 27: Stranger Things

September 12, 2016

Stranger Things has made a splash as the newest blockbuster Netflix original series, and The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular is ON IT. Glenn is joined by Alanna Kelly to talk about the pacing concerns of streaming shows, a shared love of damaged people doing their best, Stranger Things‘ various models of parenting, and much more. So tune in on your walkie-talkie, make sure your compass is pointing in the right direction, and check out the latest episode of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular!

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The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 26: Life Is But a Dream - The Star Trek Mailbag

September 1, 2016

You sent in your Star Trek questions, and The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular is ON THEM. Glenn & Scott reflect on their Star Trek film vault series with a short list of topics they missed, such as horsies and dreams, followed by questions sent in by listeners, friends of the show, and past guests. The mailbag leads the ol' Spectacular on a journey through Shakespearean Klingons, the meaning of family, the future of the franchise, and much more. In the jingle-jangle morning, listen to the latest episode of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular!

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The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 25: Happy Birthday – Star Trek Beyond

July 23, 2016

Star Trek Beyond has arrived, and The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular is ON IT. In this reaction show, Glenn & Scott follow their Star Trek vault series with their take on the fiftieth-anniversary film offering, including a spoiler-free section to start. After that they discuss the villain’s motivations, Starfleet’s mission, Kirk’s journey, the nature of family, and much more. The occasion of Rihanna’s contribution brings up the history of Star Trek movies’ engagement with the pop music. Also, of course, the film must deal with the losses of Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin.

The spoiler-free section at the beginning of the show contains no spoilers for anything. The rest of the show contains SPOILERS for Star Trek Beyond, the Destiny trilogy, two Harry Potter books, and amazingly enough, the yet-to-be-written Star Trek 14.

If you have any questions or suggested topics for a future Star Trek mailbag episode of the Spectacular, contact Glenn (Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook) or comment on the PTBN Facebook page. Now that the film vault series is complete, the mailbag episode looms ever closer, so get your questions in!

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The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 24: It’s Nice to Have a Family – Star Trek Into Darkness

July 8, 2016

Star Trek Into Darkness crashes into the Star Trek film vault as The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular’s archival journey reaches the most recent installment. Glenn & Scott are joined by Alanna Kelly to discuss warmongering, the rule of law, Admiral RoboCop’s A Few Good Men moment, the meaning of role-reversal in terms of the new Trek movies’ engagement with AU fanfic, Sassy Spock, more love triangles, Leonard Nimoy’s final appearance, Scotty’s tenure as the movie’s conscience, Kirk’s merry-go-round of ranks & jobs, Klingons who’re into body modification, and the movie’s issues with race & gender — particularly regarding The Actor of Many Names. Scott and Alanna indulge their love of the movie, while Glenn spends some time writhing around trying to adequately express his discomfort.

(Note: This show was recorded before the death of Anton Yelchin, and as such does not address the sad news.)

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!

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The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 23: It’s Exciting – Star Trek (2009) Score

June 24, 2016

Michael Giacchino arrives in the pantheon of Star Trek composers as The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular follows up on its discussion of the 2009 movie with a separate discussion just about its score. Glenn & Scott briefly summarize Giacchino’s career heading into Star Trek before breaking down the new themes he brought to bear, the plethora of alternate cues considered for the main title card, how a rare fully-original end credits sequence aids the musical storytelling of a film, what story is told by the return of Alexander Courage’s TOS theme in its entirety (and then some), and how Giacchino’s talent for crafting beautifully emotional music as well as thrilling bombast helped him make the most of the movie’s more intimate moments among its many action sequences. Scott can’t resist drawing comparisons to Jerry Goldsmith’s last several Trek scores, while Glenn prefers to concentrate on the positive. So tune in to this supplemental edition of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular!

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!

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The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 22: Captain of the Enterprise – Star Trek (2009)

June 24, 2016

JJ Abrams arrives in the Star Trek film vault as The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular hits the 2009 movie. Glenn & Scott welcome special guest Greg Phillips for an extensive discussion of how Trek was rejuvenated for its eleventh film outing, what was involved in bringing the original series to the big screen in a way it had never been before, the different takes the new cast has on their roles, new designs for familiar objects & environments, how the movie has its cake and eats it too by moving the action to an alternate universe, Fratboy Dudebro Jim Kirk, and the many ways that Star Trek was brought back from the wilderness. Scott’s analysis of the title card in particular is not to be missed. So tune in to the new edition of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular — you can do zat!

(Note: This show was recorded before the death of Anton Yelchin, and as such does not address the sad and untimely news. Also, as this show was running long and the customary score discussion promised to be a lengthy one on its own, that topic was spun out into its own supplemental episode. Look for that episode directly following this one in your blog and podcast feeds.)

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!

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The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 21: On the Orlando Shooting

June 13, 2016

Feeling the need to explore some issues around the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando this past Sunday, Glenn & Scott convene again on The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular. They discuss the nature of hate crimes, the widespread marginalization and dehumanization of LGBTQIAP+ people, easy access to guns, and the ubiquity of "thoughts and prayers."

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The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 20: This Is All a Damned Inconvenience – Star Trek: Nemesis

June 9, 2016

A generation comes to its end as Star Trek: Nemesis takes its place in the latest Star Trek film vault edition of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular. Glenn & Scott are joined by Steven Graham to try to figure out just what Shinzon’s plan is and how it’s supposed to work, what it means to seize the means of production on Romulus, how well the movie explores its ideas about mirroring and nature vs. nurture, action scenes that feel like they’re there to be used in a video game, and how the final voyage of The Next Generation treats The Next Generation. So set a collision course for the latest edition of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular! (Warning: discussion of sexual assault.)

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!

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The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 19: It Becomes Wrong – Star Trek: Insurrection

May 31, 2016

Star Trek: Insurrection threatens to cause an insurrection of its own in the newest dive into the Star Trek film vault on The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular. Glenn & Scott are joined by Scott Criscuolo to break down the fountain of youth, how a family feud becomes a parable about imperialism, F. Murray Abraham, what could have been done with Data in this movie that would actually have been interesting, the late stage of Jerry Goldsmith’s career, what insights can be gleaned from Michael Piller’s book about the writing of the film, and how The Next Generation deals with being jammed into a standard action movie formula. This podcast is replete with Scotts but doesn’t get confusing…not that we care about such things in this day and age. So pop a gorch and join the latest Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular!

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!

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The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 18: Where Was Your Evolved Sensibility – Star Trek: First Contact

May 13, 2016

Star Trek: First Contact tries to add The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular’s distinctiveness to its own, as the Star Trek vintage vault series continues. Glenn & Scott discuss genre drift as First Contact lurches from horror film to action thriller to something more akin to a Star Trek story, and as the Borg lurch from zombies to vampires to insects. They also discuss the meaning of the Borg (and how that changes now that they have a queen), why Captain Picard invites the whole collective to the gun show, the bizarre eroticism of the Borg Queen, the beginning of the Star Trek future, and the beginning of the end of a Star Trek series. Now with the intense discussions of starship design you’ve all been asking for!

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!

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