The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 7: Where No One’s Ever Flown – Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Kirk and the Enterprise is Kirk's OTP
Kirk and the Enterprise is Kirk’s OTP

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!

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

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.