Announcing The Music of Star Trek Blogathon

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I’m back with another blogathon! 

I am here to announce The Music of Star Trek Blogathon, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek television series. The first episode of Star Trek “The Man Trap” aired on September 8th, 1966, and the science fiction world hasn’t been the same since. I knew that I wanted to do something special to commemorate this anniversary, and after giving it a lot of thought, I decided there should be a blogathon that looks at the music of Star Trek (and there’s a lot to look at!)

The Star Trek franchise currently consists of 13 feature films (once Star Trek Beyond premieres)and six television series (with a seventh in development).

For the original series, six films were made: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982); Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984); Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986); Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989); and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

Star Trek: The Next Generation also spawned a film series consisting of: Star Trek: Generations (1994); Star Trek: First Contact (1996); Star Trek: Insurrection (1998); and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). There are also the three rebooted films set in the alternate universe established by J.J. Abrams: Star Trek (2009); Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Beyond (2016)

The television series were also known for their musical moments and consist of: Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969); Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-1974); Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994); Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999); Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001); and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005)

You can talk about whatever aspect of the music you wish: you don’t have to cover the entire film (or television episode) if you don’t want to. If there is a particular musical moment you want to single out, that’s fine. I will allow  two duplicates per film, but no duplicates for television episodes (there are hundreds to choose from).

The soundtracks for the Star Trek films can easily be located on YouTube, and I believe the original Star Trek films are currently available for streaming on Hulu. You can also find all of the Star Trek television series on Netflix and Hulu.

If you’re not sure where to begin, here is a short list of recommended films and episodes to check out (but please don’t limit yourself to this list alone):

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), composed by James Horner

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), composed by James Horner (particularly the scene of Spock’s resurrection)

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), composed by Cliff Eidelman

Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Insurrection (1998) and Nemesis (2002), all composed by Jerry Goldsmith

“The Best of Both Worlds Part I and II” (the season 3 finale and season 4 premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation, this episode provides the backstory for Star Trek: First Contact)

“Amok Time” (from Star Trek: The Original Series, Spock must marry on the planet Vulcan, but the situation rapidly spins out of control)

“The Trouble with Tribbles” (from Star Trek: The Original Series)

“Wolf in the Fold” (from Star Trek: The Original Series)

I’m really excited to do a blogathon on the subject of the  music in Star Trek, and I hope all of you can join in with me. If you’re interested, sign up at the link below with your blog name, URL and the topic you’d like to write about.

Sign Up for the Blogathon here

Current Roster:

  • Plain, Simple Tom: “Amok Time” -Battle Scene
  • Movie Rob: “Broken Bow”- Star Trek: Enterprise 1.1
  • Movie Rob: “Caretaker” – Star Trek: Voyager 1.1
  • Films on Wax “The Enterprise” from Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Film Music Central “The Best of Both Worlds Parts 1 & 2 from Star Trek: TNG
  • The Temp Track “Music and Characterization in Star Trek (2009)”

    The Temp Track “Main Title from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country”

    The Temp Track “Scoring Spock in The Original Series”

    Thoughts All Sorts “Music from Star Trek (2009) and/or Into Darkness”

Let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to copy and use the banner to spread the word! -Bex

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34 thoughts on “Announcing The Music of Star Trek Blogathon

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  14. getmanj

    What if I would like to contribute but don’t have a personal blog. (It doesn’t fit in my professional blogs.) I would *love* to write something; my dissertation was on music in TOS, so I have a lot of options in terms of content. Thanks!

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  16. sgliput

    This really is a great idea for a blogathon! Since Star Trek: Voyager is one of my favorite series and I probably know it better than most, would it be all right if I did a post of musical highlights from the series?

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  17. Carl Wonders

    We connected over Twitter on this. I don’t have a blog going at the moment, but I’d definitely like to participate. Put me down for Star Trek III (though I might do more if I feel particularly inspired)!

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  18. carlwonders

    We connected over Twitter earlier today on this. I don’t have a blog up and running (yet), but I’d love to tackle Star Trek III (I might do more if I feel especially inspired)!

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