2018-02-12 14:38:25 UTC
How the Original Star Trek Theme Landed in the Discovery Finale
"It just seemed like the right thing to do," says composer Jeff Russo.
By Jon Burlingame
(Note: Spoilers ahead.) The season-finale cliffhanger of Star Trek:
Discovery, which aired Sunday on CBS All Access, contained a
startling revelation: the first sight of the USS Enterprise and a
reference to Captain Pike the immediate predecessor of the more
famous Captain James T. Kirk of the original Star Trek series.
Whats more, it was accompanied by the right music: Alexander
Courages original Star Trek fanfare, followed by a stunning new
recording of Courages theme for the 1966-69 series, whetting audience
appetites for more of the Enterprise in season 2 of Discovery.
It just seemed like the right thing to do, says composer Jeff Russo
of invoking the famous eight-note Trek fanfare (which he also
excerpts in his own Discovery series theme). It is the Enterprise,
so I must play the Enterprises theme.
The bigger surprise was the fresh take on Courages 60s Trek theme
that played under the end credits, performed by a 74-piece orchestra
more than twice the 29 musicians that Courage had when he first
recorded the Star Trek theme in 1965.