'Star Trek: Discovery' Theme Song Pays Tribute to the Past

Composed by Jeff Russo, the new theme contains several references to the 'iconic and memorable' theme song of 'Star Trek: The Original Series'.

AceShowbiz - Ahead of its premiere on September 24, "Star Trek: Discovery" releases a new video featuring the upcoming show's theme song. Composed by Jeff Russo, the main title theme makes you take a musical trip down memory lane.

Every "Star Trek" fans can tell that the new theme, played by a 60-piece orchestra, opens and closes with familiar nods to "Star Trek: The Original Series" score by Alexander Courage. It doesn't come as surprise though since the producers previously revealed that the show was the one that most inspired "Discovery".

Russo shares that he feels like his head is about to explode when he knows that he is going to make a theme song for the show. "When I first started to think what I'd do for a main theme, I first needed to feel like I was in the world of 'Star Trek'," he explains. "Even though there is a lot of action on the show, I wanted to really play into how these characters are feeling."

"The music of 'Trek' is a critical part of the experience of 'Trek'," says co-creator and EP Alex Kurtzman. "The original Alexander Courage's theme is one of the most iconic and memorable themes of all time. It's built on the DNA of the show."

Fans are impressed with the new theme with one fan commenting, "Don't the last few notes right before the end give you chills?" Another fan wrote, "I finally got out off my work conference and had a moment alone to watch/listen. Goosebumps & tears in eyes. I'm so excited!" Similarly, @toreadoris added, "I admit it, I cried a bit! A worthy theme song for DSC!"

Starring Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham, Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca, Doug Jones as science officer Saru, Chris Obi as Klingon leader T'Kuvma, Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou and Anthony Rapp as anastromycologist Lt. Stamets, "Discovery" will take place prior to the original "Star Trek" television series. It follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.

Besides featuring all-new characters, Starfleet ships and adventures, the upcoming 15-part series will have the very first openly gay character in the franchise's 54-year television history played by Rapp.

"Star Trek: Discovery" is set to debut through a special broadcast premiere on Sunday, September 24 at 8.30 P.M. on CBS, before moving to its home on CBS All Access.

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