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51: Star Wars Scores: The Final Chapter

51: Star Wars Scores: The Final Chapter

January 5, 2020

Star Wars Month (observed) comes to an end as Glenn and Scott finish their examination of the franchise’s scores. First, they review the new score for The Rise of Skywalker, examining the use of new themes and old, as John Williams takes his final bow as a Star Wars composer for the third time. After the ad break, discussion turns to the franchise as a whole, as Glenn & Scott rank all 11 scores and cover topics like the best end title suite and the three best tracks from each score. Glenn discusses other composers who should be candidates to score future Star Wars movies, and Scott rates each opening title crash. (TROS spoilers begin at 5:04.)

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Musical Selections:

  • The Rise of Skywalker trailer
  • “The Force Is with You” from The Rise of Skywalker by John Williams
  • “The Rise of Skywalker” (“trio” theme segment) from The Rise of Skywalker by John Williams
  • “The Rise of Skywalker” (“rise” theme segment) from The Rise of Skywalker by John Williams
  • “The Speeder Chase” from The Rise of Skywalker by John Williams
  • “Parents” from The Rise of Skywalker by John Williams
  • “A New Home” from The Rise of Skywalker by John Williams
  • “Falcon Flight” from The Rise of Skywalker by John Williams
  • “They Will Come” from The Rise of Skywalker by John Williams
  • “The Jedi Steps and Finale” from The Force Awakens by John Williams
  • “Finale” from The Rise of Skywalker by John Williams
  • The Rise of Skywalker trailer
  • “Farewell” from The Rise of Skywalker by John Williams
  • “Star Wars” from Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk by Meco
  • “Finale” from The Rise of Skywalker by John Williams
  • “Main Title” from Star Wars by John Williams
  • “Main Title” from The Force Awakens by John Williams
  • “Main Title” from The Phantom Menace by John Williams
  • “Main Title” from Return of the Jedi by John Williams
  • “Fanfare” from The Rise of Skywalker by John Williams
  • “Main Title” from The Empire Strikes Back by John Williams
  • “Binary Sunset” from Star Wars by John Williams
  • “The Rebel Fleet” from The Empire Strikes Back by John Williams
  • “Finale” from The Rise of Skywalker by John Williams

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50: The Skywalker Is Risen

50: The Skywalker Is Risen

December 29, 2019

The Star Wars sequel trilogy has come to an end with The Rise of Skywalker, and we are ON IT. Podcast diad Glenn & Scott welcome Alanna Kelly back to the show to cover all aspects of the new film, starting with a non-spoiler review to open the show. After that, they discuss how this movie treats its many characters, which storylines worked and which ones didn’t, and whether or not this is a satisfying conclusion to The Skywalker Saga. Don’t miss Alanna’s reaction to certain character developments, Glenn’s desperate search for hope, and Scott’s favorite part of the movie. Plus, it wouldn’t be a Star War without gratuitous cameos! (Spoilers begin after 16:00.)

Note: Our analysis of the TROS score will be included in our next episode, a final wrap-up of our Star Wars Scores series.

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Musical selections from The Rise of Skywalker by John Williams:

  • “The Rise of Skywalker”
  • “They Will Come”
  • “Anthem of Evil”
  • “Falcon Flight”

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49: Star Wars Scores: And the Rest

49: Star Wars Scores: And the Rest

December 15, 2019

In the latest installment of Star Wars Month on The Glenn Butler Podcast Spectacular, Glenn & Scott take a whirlwind tour of the musical landscape of the Star Wars franchise outside of the first two trilogies, starting with the Disney era as John Williams returns for the sequel trilogy and other composers start to make their mark on the film franchise. Then they move on to other media from the breadth and depth of the Star Wars musical legacy, including television projects from the Caravan of Courage to Rebels, and even the original score to a book. How much do different tie-in scores feel the gravitational pull of Williams’ original film scores? And which of them are any good?

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Musical Selections:

  • “End Credits” from The Force Awakens by John Williams
  • “Follow Me” from The Force Awakens by John Williams
  • “The Resistance” from The Force Awakens by John Williams
  • “The Starkiller” from The Force Awakens by John Williams
  • “The Fathiers" from The Last Jedi by John Williams
  • “Captured” from The Last Jedi by John Williams
  • “He’s Here for Us” from Rogue One by Michael Giacchino
  • “When Has Become Now” from Rogue One by Michael Giacchino
  • “Krennic’s Aspirations” from Rogue One by Michael Giacchino
  • “Guardians of the Whills Suite” from Rogue One by Michael Giacchino
  • “A Long Road Ahead” from Rogue One by Michael Giacchino
  • “Hope” from Rogue One by Michael Giacchino
  • “L3 & Millennium Falcon” from Solo by John Powell
  • “The Adventures of Han” by John Williams, from Solo
  • “Mine Mission” from Solo by John Powell
  • “Reminiscence Therapy” from Solo by John Powell
  • “Lando’s Closet” from Solo by John Powell
  • “Flying with Chewie” from Solo by John Powell
  • “Marauders Arrive” from Solo by John Powell
  • “Jabba Flow” from The Force Awakens by Lin-Manuel Miranda and J.J. Abrams
  • “Trek” from Caravan of Courage by Peter Bernstein
  • “Prelude” from The Ten Commandments by Elmer Bernstein
  • “Noa’s Ark” from The Battle for Endor by Peter Bernstein
  • “Intro-Main Title” from Caravan of Courage by Peter Bernstein
  • “Main Title” from Star Trek by Alexander Courage
  • “Xizor’s Theme” from Shadows of the Empire by Joel McNeely
  • “The Destruction of Xizor’s Palace” from Shadows of the Empire by Joel McNeely
  • “The Seduction of Princess Leia” from Shadows of the Empire by Joel McNeely
  • “Battle of Christophsis” from The Clone Wars by Kevin Kiner
  • “Anakin Sees His Future” from The Clone Wars (TV) by Kevin Kiner
  • “Jedi Eulogy” from The Clone Wars (TV) by Kevin Kiner
  • “Rebels Theme” from Rebels (season 1) by Kevin Kiner
  • “Best Pilot in the Galaxy” from Rebels (season 2) by Kevin Kiner
  • “TIE Fighter Pursuit” from Rebels (season 1) by Kevin Kiner
  • “Inquisitor Duel” from Rebels (season 1) by Kevin Kiner

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48: Star Wars Scores: The Prequel Trilogy

48: Star Wars Scores: The Prequel Trilogy

December 8, 2019

Star Wars Month continues as Glenn & Scott examine the epistemological quagmire that is John Williams’ scores for the Star Wars prequels. How hard was Williams trying to replicate the magic of his older Star Wars scores, and did he succeed? How did the music editing in The Phantom Menace affect his work on Attack of the Clones? Does Williams’ Revenge of the Sith score carry the emotional weight of that story, even when the movie largely fails to do so? What is the backbone of each score? What do the themes stand for? And can Glenn & Scott resist the temptation to take cheap shots at the movies and keep the focus on the scores? YOLO!

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Section 1: Musical selections from The Phantom Menace by John Williams:

  • “Anakin’s Theme” (original release)
  • “Padme Meets Anakin” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “Anakin, Podracer Mechanic” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “Watto’s Roll of the Die” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “Hail to the Winner, Anakin Skywalker” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “Anakin and Group to Coruscant” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “Qui-Gon’s Mission/Obi-Wan’s Warning” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “Anakin Defeats Sebulba” (original release)
  • “The Death of Qui-Gon and the Surrender of the Gungans” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “The Flag Parade” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “Qui-Gon and Darth Maul Meet” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “The Tide Turns” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “The Battle Rages On” (Ultimate Edition)
  • “Qui-Gon’s Noble End” (original release)
  • “Augie’s Great Municipal Band” (original release)
  • “End Credits” (original release)

Section 2: Musical selections from Attack of the Clones by John Williams unless otherwise noted:

  • “Love Pledge and the Arena”
  • “Across the Stars (Love Theme)”
  • “The Moisture Farm” from Star Wars
  • “Meeting with Fett”
  • “Shmi’s Funeral”
  • “Zam the Assassin and the Chase Through Coruscant”
  • “The Meadow Picnic”
  • “Ambush on Coruscant”
  • “Return to Tatooine”
  • “The Tusken Camp and the Homestead”
  • “Bringing Mother Home”
  • “Confrontation with Count Dooku and Finale”
  • “The Arena”
  • “Dex’s Diner”

Section 3: Musical selections from Revenge of the Sith by John Williams:

  • “Battle of the Heroes”
  • “Star Wars and the Revenge of the Sith”
  • “Anakin’s Betrayal”
  • “Padme’s Funeral”
  • “End Credits”

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47: Star Wars Scores: The Original Trilogy

47: Star Wars Scores: The Original Trilogy

December 1, 2019

Glenn and Scott kick off Star Wars Month on PTBN Pop by examining John Williams’ scores for the original Star Wars trilogy the only way they know how: at great length. They take in three of the most widely beloved and influential scores of the past 40 years, and find more to say about them than they expected. Topics include the semiotics of thematic usage, temp-tracking, which themes lived beyond their introductions and which ones didn’t, and which themes introduced in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi belong in A New Hope. Also, strap in for some Hot Takes!

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Section 1: Musical selections from Star Wars by John Williams unless otherwise noted:

  • “Main Title”
  • “Learn About the Force”
  • “Wobani Imperial Labor Camp” from Rogue One by Michael Giacchino
  • “Burning Homestead”
  • “The Moisture Farm”
  • “Wookiee Prisoner”
  • “Detention Block Ambush”
  • “The Death Star”
  • “Imperial Attack”
  • “The Battle of Yavin: Use the Force”
  • “The Rite of Spring” by Igor Stravinsky
  • “The Dune Sea of Tatooine”
  • “The New World Symphony” by Antonin Dvorak
  • “The Throne Room”
  • “Prologue” from The Vikings by Mario Nascimbene, 2018 recording by Nic Raine and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus
  • “Imperial Attack”
  • “Main Title” from King’s Row by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
  • “End Title”
  • “Chasm Crossfire”

Section 2: Musical selections from The Empire Strikes Back by John Williams unless otherwise noted:

  • “The Imperial March”
  • “The Death Star” from Star Wars
  • “The Trash Compactor” from Star Wars
  • “The Battle of Hoth: Ion Cannon”
  • “Carbon Freeze”
  • “The Battle of Hoth: Imperial Walkers”
  • “Betrayal at Bespin”
  • “Imperial Starfleet Deployed”
  • “The Ice Planet Hoth”
  • “Rescue from Cloud City”
  • “Han Solo and the Princess”
  • “Han Solo and the Princess” (concert suite)
  • “End Title”
  • “Luke’s Nocturnal Visitor”
  • “Yoda and the Force”
  • “Darth Vader’s Trap”
  • “The Asteroid Field”
  • “Mynock Cave”
  • “The Wampa’s Lair/Vision of Obi-Wan”
  • “The Ice Planet Hoth”
  • “Deal with the Dark Lord”
  • “Rescue from Cloud City”
  • “Hyperspace”
  • “The Clash of Lightsabers”

Section 3: Musical selections from Return of the Jedi by John Williams unless otherwise noted:

  • “Jabba’s Baroque Recital”
  • “Lapti Nek” (film version)
  • “Jedi Rocks” by Jerry Hey
  • “Den of the Rancor”
  • “Sail Barge Assault”
  • “Han Solo Returns”
  • “Bounty for a Wookiee”
  • “Parade of the Ewoks”
  • “The Forest Battle” (concert suite)
  • “Ewok Celebration”
  • “Victory Celebration”
  • “The Emperor Arrives”
  • “The Emperor’s Death”
  • “Luke and Leia”
  • “Into the Trap”
  • “Final Duel”
  • “Alliance Assembly”
  • “The Fleet Goes Into Hyperspace”
  • “Light of the Force/Funeral Pyre for a Jedi (Alternate)”
  • “Darth Vader’s Death”
  • “Approaching the Death Star”
  • “Ewok Celebration”

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46: Stranger Things 3

46: Stranger Things 3

July 16, 2019

Glenn and Alanna are back for another season of Stranger Things, as The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular examines all of your favorite characters in an effort to decide who was well served and who wasn’t, who got their look right, rhymes that keep their secrets, and much more!

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Musical Selections:

  • “Stranger Things” from Stranger Things by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein
  • “Land Deeds” from Stranger Things 3 by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein
  • “Roundball Rock” by John Tesh
  • “The NeverEnding Story” – music by Giorgio Moroder, lyrics by Keith Forsey, performed by Limahl & Beth Anderson

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45: Despair on the Eve of a Debate

45: Despair on the Eve of a Debate

June 25, 2019

Glenn and Scott attempt to examine the wide array of yahoos contending for the Democratic presidential nomination, but keep getting sidetracked by the garbage fire our political system has become and whether or not capitalism should be thrown onto the pyre. Which candidate serves at the mercy of Twitter teens? Which candidate has a plan for first contact with space aliens? All of the biggest candidates are covered, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Randy Steve Bullock, John McAfee, and Vermin Supreme.

Note: This episode was recorded before former Representative Joe Sestak announced, for reasons passing understanding, that he too is running for president. We apologize(?) for the omission.

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Musical Selections:

  • “America, Fuck Yeah (Bummer Remix)” from Team America: World Police by Trey Parker and Marc Shaiman
  • Crank That Mike Gravel
  • “International Statement” from NFL Primetime by Roger Dexter and Alan Bell
  • This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie, performed by Bernard Sanders

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44: Fight the Future — Star Trek: Discovery Season Two

44: Fight the Future — Star Trek: Discovery Season Two

May 13, 2019

Glenn & Scott are back to discuss Star Trek: Discovery’s second season, including the show’s new old characters, its whirlwind tour of Original Series episodes & concepts, and the priorities of the show’s writers. How did the show shift its focus from the first season, and how do its plot developments impact the bumper crop of spinoff shows on the horizon? Scott has things to say about the finale; Glenn has things to say about character deaths.

Should you want bare-bones thoughts on the show without plot details, the traditional non-spoiler segment of the show ends at the 9:00 mark.

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Musical Selections:

  • Star Trek: Discovery Main Title by Jeff Russo
  • “Pike’s Punishment” from Star Trek, “The Cage” by Alexander Courage
  • “Powersurge” from NFL Primetime by Ken Nelson and Jim Long of FirstCom Music
  • Star Trek: Discovery End Title by Jeff Russo

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43: Fourth Annual Oscar Preview – Best Original Score 2018

43: Fourth Annual Oscar Preview – Best Original Score 2018

February 12, 2019

Glenn and Scott are back in the Oscar vault, on time and as expected! They're breaking down the nominees for the Best Original Score Oscar: Black Panther by Ludwig Göransson, If Beale Street Could Talk by Nicholas Britell, BlacKkKlansman by Terence Blanchard, Isle of Dogs by Alexandre Desplat, and Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman. Best Original Score is one of the categories that's actually being awarded on the broadcast this year, so you know it's a big one. There are major digressions aplenty in this outing, including your dose of Hamilton hot takes!

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Musical Selections:

  • WWE Hall of Fame Intro Theme
  • "Waterfall Fight" from Black Panther by Ludwig Göransson
  • "Glory to Bast" from Black Panther by Ludwig Göransson
  • "United Nations/End Titles" from Black Panther by Ludwig Göransson
  • "Eden (Harlem)" from If Beale Street Could Talk by Nicholas Britell
  • "What Have They Done?" from If Beale Street Could Talk by Nicholas Britell
  • "New Life" from If Beale Street Could Talk by Nicholas Britell
  • "The Ecstasy of Gold" from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly by Ennio Morricone
  • "Killmonger" from Black Panther by Ludwig Göransson
  • "The Ecstasy of Gold" from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly by Ennio Morricone
  • "Encomium" from If Beale Street Could Talk by Nicholas Britell
  • "Eden (Harlem)" (Double Speed) from If Beale Street Could Talk by Nicholas Britell
  • "Encomium" (Double Speed) from If Beale Street Could Talk by Nicholas Britell
  • "Blood and Soil" from BlacKkKlansman by Terence Blanchard
  • "Ron Meets FBI Agent" from BlacKkKlansman by Terence Blanchard
  • "Ron's Search" from BlacKkKlansman by Terence Blanchard
  • "Shinto Shrine" from Isle of Dogs by Alexandre Desplat
  • "First Crash-Landing" from Isle of Dogs by Alexandre Desplat
  • "Jupiter and Oracle + Aboriginal Dogs" from Isle of Dogs by Alexandre Desplat
  • "First Bath of a Stray Dog" from Isle of Dogs by Alexandre Desplat
  • "Outside the Tent" from Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman
  • "Royal Doulton Chase" from Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman
  • "Trip a Little Light Fantastic" from Mary Poppins Returns, music & lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, vocals by Lin-Manuel Miranda & cast
  • "Ancestral Plane" from Black Panther by Ludwig Göransson
  • "The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns, music & lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, vocals by Emily Blunt
  • "Flying with Chewie" from Solo: A Star Wars Story by John Powell
  • "Main Title" from Ready Player One by Alan Silvestri
  • "Hooray for Hollywood" by Richard A. Whiting & Johnny Mercer, arranged & conducted by John Williams, performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra

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42: Negative-15th Annual Oscar Preview – Best Original Score 2000

42: Negative-15th Annual Oscar Preview – Best Original Score 2000

February 4, 2019

In the midst of Oscar season, Glenn & Scott take a detour to discuss the Best Original Score nominees from the year 2000! On the docket are Gladiator by Hans Zimmer, Malèna by Ennio Morricone, The Patriot by John Williams, Chocolat by Rachel Portman, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Tan Dun. Come for the celebrity guest star, stay for the Butler Brothers’ amazement at a genuinely compelling Zimmer score! This edition also boasts a discussion of when the last couple of decades ended, and ends with Glenn getting the most shocking news of the year.

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Musical Selections:

  • WWE Hall of Fame Intro Theme
  • “Barbarian Horde” from Gladiator by Hans Zimmer
  • “The Wheat” from Gladiator by Hans Zimmer
  • “The Battle” from Gladiator by Hans Zimmer
  • “Now We Are Free” from Gladiator by Hans Zimmer
  • “Malèna (Titoli Di Coda)” from Malèna by Ennio Morricone
  • “Inchini Ipocriti e Disperazione” from Malèna by Ennio Morricone
  • “Il Ritorno” from Malèna by Ennio Morricone
  • “Visioni (Fantasie D’Amore)” from Malèna by Ennio Morricone
  • “The Colonial Cause” from The Patriot by John Williams
  • “Martin vs. Tavington” from The Patriot by John Williams
  • “Ann and Gabriel” from The Patriot by John Williams
  • “The Patriot” from The Patriot by John Williams
  • “Main Titles” from Chocolat by Rachel Portman
  • “Party Preparations” from Chocolat by Rachel Portman
  • “Chocolate Sauce” from Chocolat by Rachel Portman
  • “Guillaume’s Confession” from Chocolat by Rachel Portman
  • “Three Women” from Chocolat by Rachel Portman
  • “Ashes to the Wind” from Chocolat by Rachel Portman
  • “Vianne Sets Up Shop” from Chocolat by Rachel Portman
  • “Eternal Vow” from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Tan Dun
  • “Night Fight” from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Tan Dun
  • “Farewell” from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Tan Dun
  • “A Love Before Time” (English) from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, performed by CoCo Lee
  • “A Love Before Time” (Mandarin) from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, performed by CoCo Lee
  • “Cast Away” from Cast Away by Alan Silvestri
  • “Crossroads” from Cast Away by Alan Silvestri
  • “The Legend of Bagger Vance” from The Legend of Bagger Vance by Rachel Portman
  • “Remember the Titans” from Remember the Titans by Trevor Rabin
  • “Virginia” from Remember the Titans by Trevor Rabin
  • “Southern Hospitality” from Requiem for a Dream by Clint Mansell
  • “Lux Aeterna” from Requiem for a Dream by Clint Mansell
  • “End Title” from Unbreakable by James Newton Howard
  • “Unbreakable” from Unbreakable by James Newton Howard
  • “Requiem for a Tower” by Corner Stone Cues, based on themes by Clint Mansell

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41: Third Annual Oscar Preview – Best Original Score 2017

41: Third Annual Oscar Preview – Best Original Score 2017

January 14, 2019

At long last, Glenn & Scott return to the Oscar vault to run down the nominees for best score of 2017! They discuss Phantom Thread by Jonny Greenwood, Dunkirk by Hans Zimmer, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by Carter Burwell, The Shape of Water by Alexandre Desplat, Star Wars: The Last Jedi by John Williams, and the definition of music. Stay after the break for their thoughts on selected non-nominated scores from 2017 as well.

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Musical Selections:

  • WWE Hall of Fame Intro Theme
  • “Barbara Rose” from Phantom Thread by Jonny Greenwood
  • “Supermarine” from Dunkirk by Hans Zimmer
  • “Billboards on Fire” from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by Carter Burwell
  • “The Shape of Water” from The Shape of Water by Alexandre Desplat
  • “Peace and Purpose” from Star Wars: The Last Jedi by John Williams
  • “Theme from ‘Spider Man’ (Original Television Series)” from Spider-Man: Homecoming by Michael Giacchino; original theme by Bob Harris and Paul Francis Webster
  • “No Vault of His Own” from Spider-Man: Homecoming by Michael Giacchino
  • “Spider-Man: Homecoming Suite” from Spider-Man: Homecoming by Michael Giacchino
  • “Vulture Clash” from Spider-Man: Homecoming by Michael Giacchino
  • “Lift Off” from Spider-Man: Homecoming by Michael Giacchino
  • “No Man’s Land” from Wonder Woman by Rupert Gregson-Williams
  • “The Mountain Between Us” from The Mountain Between Us by Ramin Djawadi
  • “Power Rangers Theme” from Power Rangers by Brian Tyler
  • “Go Go Power Rangers” from Power Rangers by Brian Tyler
  • “It’s Morphing Time!” from Power Rangers by Brian Tyler
  • “Tokyo Ghoul Main Title” from Tokyo Ghoul by Don Davis
  • “Eating Human Flesh” from Tokyo Ghoul by Don Davis
  • “Run Londinium” from King Arthur: Legend of the Sword by Daniel Pemberton

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40: Tell Me Something Good

40: Tell Me Something Good

October 22, 2018

Glenn Butler and Steve Wille focus on the positive and tell each other some things that are good. Along the way they touch on the legend of Cat Grandpa, the This Old House Cinematic Universe, other low-stakes TV, and butter cheese cheese. If you have something good you want to tell us about, reach out!

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Musical Selections:

  • “Louisiana Fairy Tale” by Haven Gillespie, Mitchell Parish, and J. Fred Coots, performed by Fats Waller
  • “Happy Pizza” from The Great British Bake Off by Tom Howe
  • “Sparkle” from The Great British Bake Off by Tom Howe
  • This Old House theme (90s) by Peter Bell

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39: Are We Klingon, Or Are We Dancer? — Star Trek: Discovery Season One

39: Are We Klingon, Or Are We Dancer? — Star Trek: Discovery Season One

July 30, 2018

Glenn and Scott are back with a somewhat belated discussion of the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. They discuss what worked for them and what didn’t, why the show went too fast and felt too slow, and whether anyone was buried. They each have opinions, and Scott thinks you should ignore one of them.

You can support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys.

Musical Selections:

  • “I Can’t Dance” from Star Trek: Discovery, “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad” by Jeff Russo
  • “Torchbearer” from Star Trek: Discovery, “The Vulcan Hello” by Jeff Russo
  • “I Need You” from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by James Newton Howard
  • “War Is Over” from Star Trek: Discovery, “Will You Take My Hand?” by Jeff Russo

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38: Duo: A Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular

38: Duo: A Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular

June 21, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the subject of the latest Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, as we still want that sweet sweet search engine optimization despite not putting the name of the movie in the title. Glenn & Scott convene to break down their expectations for the newest Star War and how they were greatly exceeded, plus Solo‘s characterization, the Han-Chewie dynamic, gratuitous sequel-bait, the qualities of scoundrels, droid liberation theology, and much more. Come for the analysis of where John Powell’s score fits in the Star Wars corpus, stay for the pilot episode of the hit new podcast Glenn and Scott Read Wookieepedia!

You can support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys.

Musical Selections:

  • “Meet Han” from Solo by John Powell
  • “Marauders Arrive” from Solo by John Powell
  • “Mine Mission” from Solo by John Powell
  • “Flying with Chewie” from Solo by John Powell
  • “I Can Fly Anything” from The Force Awakens by John Williams
  • “Lando’s Closet” from Solo by John Powell
  • “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
  • “Into the Maw” from Solo by John Powell

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37: More Spectacular Advice

37: More Spectacular Advice

June 11, 2018

Steve Wille joins Glenn & Scott for another dip into the Spectacular Advice email, which you can reach right now at spectacularadvice@gmail.com! This time the three discuss family planning, privacy vs. secrecy, and grilled cheese sandwiches.

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Musical selections:

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36: The Force’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed

36: The Force’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed

January 10, 2018

Having seen The Last Jedi again, Glenn, Scott, and Alanna are retreating to the far-off island known as The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular to discuss the movie some more! Glenn is embarrassed about omissions in the score segment from last time, Scott is upset about Canto Bight, and Alanna is still yelling about Kylo. Other topics discussed include what it means to be Somebody, Objectivism, and…yes, love triangles. Are you a theme lumper or a theme splitter? Is “willingness to be evil” a make-or-break issue in your relationships? All this and more awaits you!

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Musical Selections:

  • “Ahch-To Island” from Star Wars: The Last Jedi by John Williams
  • “I Need You” from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by James Newton Howard
  • “Holdo’s Resolve” from Star Wars: The Last Jedi by John Williams
  • “The Fathiers” from Star Wars: The Last Jedi by John Williams
  • “The Last Jedi” from Star Wars: The Last Jedi by John Williams
  • “The Jedi Steps and Finale” from Star Wars: The Force Awakens by John Williams

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35: Spectacular Advice

35: Spectacular Advice

December 26, 2017

Steve Wille joins Glenn & Scott to answer YOUR questions for the first Spectacular Advice edition of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular — big or small, we’ll consider them all! Email us at spectacularadvice@gmail.com or go to our Ask.fm page to send your questions today.

In their first foray into advice podcasting, the three have a headier-than-expected discussion of personal growth and shifting perspectives.

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34: The Last (Spoilers)

34: The Last (Spoilers)

December 21, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been chased down by the latest episode of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, as Alanna Kelly joins Glenn & Scott to dissect the latest addition to the Star Wars saga. A brief spoiler-free discussion on their expectations for and impressions of the film (taking up the first twelve minutes of the show) is followed by a longer discussion of the depth and breadth of The Last Jedi. How does the movie carry everyone’s favorite characters forward? How does it play with preconceived notions of what a trilogy’s middle chapter does? Why does Glenn suddenly care about Kylo Ren? They discuss how one of the storylines seems to be a sidetrack from the main plot, and then Glenn & Scott get sidetracked by ranking all nine Star Wars scores.

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Musical selections from Star Wars: The Last Jedi by John Williams:

  • “Main Title”
  • “The Supremacy”
  • “The Rebellion Is Reborn” (Rose’s Theme)
  • “The Spark”

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33: Easy-Peasy - Stranger Things 2

33: Easy-Peasy - Stranger Things 2

November 5, 2017

Spoilers for the second season of Stranger Things abound when The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular heads back to the Upside Down. Glenn is joined by Alanna Kelly to break down the differences in emphasis between the first and second seasons, how our beloved characters are being developed, and what the new ones bring to the show. Also…is Stranger Things over?

You can support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys.

Musical selections from Stranger Things 2 by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein:

  • “Stranger Things”
  • “Soldiers”
  • “Rescue”
  • “The First Lie”

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32: Blood and Screams and Funerals – Star Trek: Discovery

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.

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Musical selections:

  • Star Trek: Discovery main title by Jeff Russo
  • Star Trek: Discovery end credits by Jeff Russo
  • “Title Theme” from Star Trek: The Animated Series by Ray Ellis
  • “The Jedi Steps” from Star Wars: The Force Awakens by John Williams

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