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Enterprise theme song

KelisThePoet

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Report this Mar. 08 2011, 12:23 pm

The song isn't my favorite style of music--although I kind of liked the sped-up version of the later seasons--but it fit with the excellent visuals, and whether it was originally intended for the series or not, it directly related to what the series was all about.  Taken in its entirety, I think Enterprise's opening was the best in the Trek franchise (ironic, since I think the series itself was the worst in the franchise--though still generally enjoyable).


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Report this Mar. 13 2011, 1:28 am

It made me feel like i was goin to die!

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Report this Mar. 13 2011, 6:03 am

Quote: MAJ229 @ Mar. 07 2011, 7:53 pm

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>I liked it.  The montage of pictures fit with the words of the song and the theme of the show.  Personally, I would not be swayed one way or the other about the quality of a show based on its theme song or lack of one. 

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Which is a good point of course. As I have said, you can always hit the mute on TV or skip on DVD.


But I have to say, surely a new series of Trek deserved somebody sitting down and writing a piece of new dedicated music? It's not much to ask is it? To merely say how about that catchy pop thing Rod Stewart did - that'd work well is a bit of a cop-out no matter how well-intentioned or strongly believed in ...


Berman might have believed he was really starting again from scratch with the franchise (a bit of a contradiction in terms admittedly) and by omitting Star Trek from the title, and having a pop vocal track, he must have thought he was creating something new for a new generation. But it is never that simple with Trek.


Star Trek is not just an American national institution - it is a global one ... possibly allowing for spillage of terrestrial output into space it is a universal one by now (Galaxy Quest here we come!)...


Seriously, it needs to be handled with kid gloves. The original series and its films had great music which rose to the occasion. That is the way to go ...


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Report this Mar. 13 2011, 7:23 am

Dianne Warren is a composer of hit records for top-tier performers but this doesn't stand as one of her best efforts.  I agree with those who think ST ENT should have had an appropriately all-instrumental "symphonic-sounding" main title as the previous series had. But wait, did the others really have this?  One of the things about TOS that few may realize now but Courage's main title then had an unmistakable "60's" sound to it, complete with the bongo drum accents, the female wordless vocal line doubling the instrumental line, and that great combination of an almost Broadway musical-style pulsing rhythmic drive combined with the insprational sound of the lyrical brass parts.  (Full disclosure: I'm a musician and these sort of things tend to jump out at me.)  The best part of the TOS theme during seaon 1 was just near the end of the theme where the great climax in the horns and trumpets was emphaized by the swoosh of the Enterprise as it roared across the screen, it was awesome!  And the original theme was changed for the 2nd and 3rd season to accomodate adding De Kelley's name to the opening credits, thus the ending to the theme was now a bit more grand with a rallentando and a big timpani roll to accompany the vocalist's beautiful high note at the end.  Main titles didn't get any better than this and they haven't since.  Courage's instumental queues for TOS are some of the best music ever written for a TV show, the queues are iconographic, just like all the elements of ST.  And this is where Berman REALLY fell on his ass.  He, like any producer who doesn't "get" what music is supposed to be in a show like ST, had no idea that, when appropriate, it would absolutely appropriate for the music to "call attention to itself" which, evidently, he just couldn't deal with.  This is precisely why the musical queues for ST ENT had a decidedly enervated sound to them, it's because the famous BERMAN had the composers under his thumb, not allowing the music to speak as it should have.  This, to me, is inexcusable.  In TOS the music WAS one of the characters.  Courage's queues wouldn't have gotten past Berman's musically-challenged censorship had they been written for the subsequent series.  In terms of wanting to do something totally new with the theme to a Star Trek series, they succeeded but, ironically, the mostly negative reaction to the theme was an unintended omen of the rocky road ahead for the series.


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Report this Mar. 13 2011, 11:03 am

I had no issue with the opening music, I really liked what they tried to do. The Season 3 & 4 version was much better than the Season 1 & 2 version. I liked "Faith of the Heart" much more than the boring DS9 and Voyager themes. I did like TNGs theme more than "Faith of the Heart", but that is because it was borrowed from the TOS movies. The TOS original opening theme just stunk.


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Report this Mar. 13 2011, 6:22 pm

It is soooo painful to listen to.  I liked the opening sequence that showed exploration throughout the ages, but they could used a more inspiring, less country-sounding song.

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Report this Mar. 13 2011, 6:25 pm

Perhaps they should have used "Magic Carpet Ride" ?


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Report this Mar. 13 2011, 6:54 pm


For years I disliked liked it (both the original and upbeat tempo version).


In time I found myself humming along to the upbeat version.  Then I found myself okay with it. 


It was later on that I really came to appreciate the music along with the background  images.  Especially after I let the baggage go in regards to it needing to be like the other opening themes.


I’m glad they took a chance on something different.  It captures the spirit of where we've been and where they wanted to go with the crew/series (i.e. the early years of space exploration).


 


 


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Report this Mar. 13 2011, 8:57 pm

Yeah, they should have just left out the vocals. 

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Report this Mar. 14 2011, 6:26 am

Quote: Beersnark @ Mar. 13 2011, 6:25 pm

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>Perhaps they should have used "Magic Carpet Ride" ?

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NOOOOOOOOOOO! WORST ST MUSIC CHOICE EVER!


Doh! Couldn't resist the bait.


About ENT Theme, laughed at first, and thought WTF.


Now I love it, think it is perfect with visuals to set tone for series

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Report this Mar. 14 2011, 3:00 pm

Quote: Gibmaticus @ Mar. 13 2011, 7:23 am

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>Dianne Warren is a composer of hit records for top-tier performers but this doesn't stand as one of her best efforts.  I agree with those who think ST ENT should have had an appropriately all-instrumental "symphonic-sounding" main title as the previous series had. But wait, did the others really have this?  One of the things about TOS that few may realize now but Courage's main title then had an unmistakable "60's" sound to it, complete with the bongo drum accents, the female wordless vocal line doubling the instrumental line, and that great combination of an almost Broadway musical-style pulsing rhythmic drive combined with the insprational sound of the lyrical brass parts.  (Full disclosure: I'm a musician and these sort of things tend to jump out at me.)  The best part of the TOS theme during seaon 1 was just near the end of the theme where the great climax in the horns and trumpets was emphaized by the swoosh of the Enterprise as it roared across the screen, it was awesome!  And the original theme was changed for the 2nd and 3rd season to accomodate adding De Kelley's name to the opening credits, thus the ending to the theme was now a bit more grand with a rallentando and a big timpani roll to accompany the vocalist's beautiful high note at the end.  Main titles didn't get any better than this and they haven't since.  Courage's instumental queues for TOS are some of the best music ever written for a TV show, the queues are iconographic, just like all the elements of ST.  And this is where Berman REALLY fell on his ass.  He, like any producer who doesn't "get" what music is supposed to be in a show like ST, had no idea that, when appropriate, it would absolutely appropriate for the music to "call attention to itself" which, evidently, he just couldn't deal with.  This is precisely why the musical queues for ST ENT had a decidedly enervated sound to them, it's because the famous BERMAN had the composers under his thumb, not allowing the music to speak as it should have.  This, to me, is inexcusable.  In TOS the music WAS one of the characters.  Courage's queues wouldn't have gotten past Berman's musically-challenged censorship had they been written for the subsequent series.  In terms of wanting to do something totally new with the theme to a Star Trek series, they succeeded but, ironically, the mostly negative reaction to the theme was an unintended omen of the rocky road ahead for the series.

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I'm a musician too and agree with pretty well everything you say


I think the 60s was a great period for TV theme music. It was all part of the great melting pot of culture that was going on in the transatlantic world. Music, art, TV, film, fashion and so on - all intermingling and mixing. It was the period of great studio house musicians who worked in TV and cinema. TOS theme is a very well executed piece of music. It bares closer scrutiny as you suggest. I would add to that much of the incidental music that appeared throughout each episode. I bought an LP with all stuff on years and years ago. Great stuff ...


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Report this Mar. 14 2011, 11:25 pm

Worst star trek theme song ever!

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Report this Mar. 17 2011, 7:54 am

Ghostmojo


 


Correct on all counts !


 

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Report this Mar. 21 2011, 7:21 pm

1 word,corny

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Report this Mar. 21 2011, 8:50 pm

One word - catchy! I find it complimentary to the show also. The lyrics fit the struggle of Mankind achieving Warp drive & traveling beyond our solar system. I loved it when they increased tempo!


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