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


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 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!

Musical Selections from Star Trek by Michael Giacchino:
“Nero Death Experience”
“Nero Fiddles, Narada Burns”
“Labor of Love”
“Matter? I Barely Know Her!”
“Chutes and Matter”

Author: Glenn Butler

Glenn is not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be. The Glenn that you know, they had some second thoughts. Glenn's come back to reclaim some infinitude of silence, the unspeaking of their name. At PTBN they're most often seen walking the web, covering the Star Trek beat, and podcasting about various manifestations of life and popular culture. Find him elsewhere on the Twitter, the Insta and/or the Tumblr. Tamp 'em up solid.