Music has always been a huge part of “Star Trek”, from 1966 and that fanfare to the modern stylings of “Star Trek: Discovery”, which begins its second season this week. Over the course of 13 movies and seven television series, not to mention a boatload of video games, various composers have tried their best to musically represent Gene Roddenberry‘s vision of gunboat diplomacy and utopian societies. But which theme reaches maximum warp first? Which of the many pieces of music can deal with the most phaser hits and deciphering technobabble? Let’s find out.
Legend has it that when “Star Trek: Enterprise” launched there was a petition to ask the producers to ditch the opening theme. This is no surprise, I only wish I cared about the show back then to sign it. There’s no point beating around the bush here: it’s a dreadful theme. Probably the worst thing is that it’s not even original. It was written by super-songmeister Diane Warren for Rod Stewart to sing in the horrible Robin Williams picture “Patch Adams”, a movie so bad even the man it was based on came out to say how much it sucks. Even Russell Watson, who sings it for…
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