Oct 15, 2017

What do you think of the theme music?

14 comments

I was unsure of what to expect from the theme for Discovery as to be honest I didn't like the Enterprise theme and was a bit of a hung jury on DS9. I however quite like this one it seems to me like a bit of a cross between a nod to the original theme and an interesting piece of new composition the likes we have heard for example on Westworld. It's growing on me. Oh and I like the graphics for the sequence, I'm an engineer by trade and get a bit weak kneed at exploded views of tech.

Oct 17, 2017

Yes, I think DS9 is my least-favorite of the themes. Voyager is probably on top for me. How would you rank them? And how does that compare to the credit sequences themselves?

Oct 17, 2017

The original series theme for me is top, just iconic then TNG, Voyager, DS9 and Enterprise. As to the credit sequence this one is by far the best, I was getting tired of long lingering shots of ships or stations in space. I love the shapes and design of the items in this set of credits, the phaser and communicator are great and quite faithful to the original series. I have always detested the com badges, I mean how do you fit an antenna and a power source powerful enough to reach the next room into that tiny bit of plastic.

Oct 17, 2017

Haha, yes, I prefer the communicators to the badges, as well. I do love these credits, and I'm hoping that it's possible to get some posters of the images. Right now my apartment is decorated with some retro TOS posters that I saw at Destination Star Trek in London a few years ago, and I'd love to add to it.

Oct 19, 2017

I'm pretty indifferent to the music, it hasn't grown on me yet. Am also not thrilled with the graphics; I think I am the type of person who wants to see our ship shooting through the universe with more commanding music lol. Just curious, though - those greenish crystals in the opening - those are supposed to be dilithium crystals, correct? Which is odd, because this series' "spore drive" is meant to replace dilithium as a starship warp propellant. Hmm....

Oct 19, 2017

Oh, that's a good catch. I'm a little sad that they don't have a stylized tardigrade in the opening credits.

Oct 19, 2017

But if the canon is to come true the spore drive will have to be a failure for some reason ( like splitting people in two) as Dilithium is standard later.

Oct 19, 2017

Indeed - either the spore drive must eventually prove disadvantageous, or else it gets shelved for another mysterious reason. I'm suspecting the Discovery and all its logs will be blackboxed by Starfleet by the end of this series' run. That if you were to ask Kirk or Picard what they think of Captain Lorca or the spore drive or Michael Burnham's actions after the Battle at the Binary Stars... they will have never heard of any of that.

Oct 19, 2017

It must be a incredibly tricky juggling act to come up with compelling and new plot and tech and still be able to not contradict canon, like many things in military history and war things are classified for a large period of years which could be used to explain that later residents of the timeline do not refer to them.

Oct 20, 2017

Yes, these writing staffs are really put in a rough place. For whatever reason they keep getting stuck into telling stories which take place only early on Trek continuity - so everything they write must be scoured to ensure it gels with multiple series and films which take place in their series' future. Arg! LOL And they're also screwed because viewers constantly expect the aesthetics of each series to gel with ones following/preceding it in the Trek timeline - when no modern TV exec walking the Earth would greenlight a new sci fi series using toggle switches, styrofoam cups and miniskirts. haha

Oct 20, 2017

Of course you could just state that any series is an alternative timeline or dimension and do what you want but the hardcore fans would be blowing their brains out or stalking and murdering the show runners.

Oct 20, 2017

We all already know that I hold the extremely controversial opinion of *loving* the Enterprise theme song. That being said, it often takes me a while to warm up to things (Enterprise theme included). I like my Trek the way it is, thank you very much, and change is hard!

 

In that vein, I had very mixed feelings about the Discovery theme initially. I’ve found myself humming it unintentionally, however, so that’s a step in the right direction. I think that they were in a really tough spot, wanting to honor Trek history (as they do with the song’s opening and closing), while also wanting to create something new that matched the unique (epic, war-torn) themes of the show. For the hard task put in front of them, I think they made a pretty great compromise.

 

Kev may and BionicDave, you both bring up really good points about the timeline. It’s fun to fill in the gaps, but I was really hoping for a show set farther into the future than DS9. That would have allowed them to explore so many more imaginative things. Besides, without more future-Trek, who is going to tell us how big iPads should be, or which way to open our flip phone?

 

(Oh, and I, for one, wouldn’t be mad about those all-gender miniskirts from TNG’s pilot making a comeback.)

 

Oct 20, 2017

For you, Valerie - and for kev may and Glenn - I will try to open up to the STD theme music. I also love Enterprise's "Faith of the Heart" theme (it's on my go-to cardio playlist for when I feel like I can't finish 30 mins on the elliptical) so if I can open up to that, I have faith in my heart that I can embrace this new music.

Oct 20, 2017

I really don't like the Discovery theme music or credits sequence. I won't say I hate them, they just feel really uninspiring to me. Then again, I have been skipping that bit since Episode 3 so maybe I need to give it another chance

 

I never objected to "Faith of the Heart". I'm not sure it's right for a Star Trek theme, but I can see what they were going for, and it works well with the credits sequence, which I do really like.

 

For what it's worth, I'd rank the previous themes like this: TNG; VOY; DS9; TOS; ENT. At the moment DIS is way at the bottom.

Oct 20, 2017

Karanthir, I would agree that the music isn't very inspiring, but I do think that the visuals are stunning and I am actually quite moved by them. To expand on what I said in my last post, I believe the music is meant to be dark, mysterious, and intriguing, following the themes of the show.

 

I would back up your suggestion to stop skipping the theme - it took me a ton of time to warm up to the DS9 and Enterprise themes, and now they both hold a special place in my memory. Over time, as the music is continually linked to the experience of watching the show, we deepen our relationship to it, and that makes a huge difference.

 

And BionicDave, happy to have you on team "going where my heart will take me" (team name subject to change).

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