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Friday, February 26, 2016

Episode 10: Re-Closing the X-Files

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.

Spoilers abound in the latest episode of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular!

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Musical Selections:

  • “X-Files (Variation on a Theme)” from The X-Files: I Want to Believe by Mark Snow (remixed by UNKLE)
  • “Crater Hug” from The X-Files: Fight the Future by Mark Snow
  • “I Need You” from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by James Newton Howard
  • The PCR Song

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Episode 9: Madness and Death – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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 more!

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Musical selections from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan by James Horner:

  • “Main Title”
  • “Amazing Grace”
  • “Surprise Attack”
  • “Epilogue”

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Episode 8: First Annual Oscar Preview – Best Original Score 2015

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.

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Musical selections:

  • “Desert Music” from Sicario by Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • “L’Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock (#2)” from The Hateful Eight by Ennio Morricone
  • “La Lettera di Lincoln (Strumentale)” from The Hateful Eight by Ennio Morricone
  • “Homecoming” from Bridge of Spies by Thomas Newman
  • “Opening” from Carol by Carter Burwell
  • “Christmas Trees” from Carol by Carter Burwell

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Episode 7: Where No One’s Ever Flown – Star Trek: The Motion Picture

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!

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Musical selections:

  • “Main Title” from Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Jerry Goldsmith
  • “Overture” (Ilia’s Theme) from Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Jerry Goldsmith
  • “I Need You” from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by James Newton Howard
  • “The Enterprise” from Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Jerry Goldsmith

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