Read about this on the Digital Bits (sadly, I haven't visited FilmScoreMonthly in years). I decided to purchase both Star Trek 2 and 3. It's been a long time since I've purchased a film score on a physical medium. My "entertainment" budget has been eliminated, but I know it will be worth it. I've long desired the unreleased music from both films, but especially from 3. Of course discovering Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet about 10 years ago made the wait a little more bearable.
As I was reading through this thread I was going to totally expose my geekiness by pointing out being able to hear the inhale from the woodwind section at the beginning of the Space Dock cue, but someone already beat me too it! That made me feel right at home.
About a month ago I dusted off Jeff Bond's great book about the Music of Star Trek and enjoyed reading the early history of trek music, the interviews of the various composers, and the analysis of the film scores. I lost interest after Eidelman. It will be fun to re-read the analysis as I get to listen along with all the cues.
Anyways, thank you to all who made this happen. You've brought me back to one of my old hobbies and delights! Your work is appreciated.
The TV production values, including shots of the Enterprise that looked exactly like I'd turned out the lights and held a flashlight up to the model that used to hang in my bedroom;
Nah, it looked fine.
The badly executed destruction of the Enterprise,
Nah, it was fine.
The stilted script and hamhanded, obvious attempts at comedy ("To your planet, welcome"; "I do not deserve to live" - "Fine, I'll kill you later");
Nah, they were fine.
McCoy sounding exactly like Spock in scenes that are meant to be touching but come across, despite De's fine performance, as unintentionally funny;
Nah, he was fine.
And is the name of Esteban's ship supposed to be funny? Gee, let's name it the U.S.S. Grissom and what a surprise, it's immolated just like the poor astronaut whose name is its inspiration.
Considering the respect the Trek movie guys had for astronauts and the space prgram in general, I seriously think it was meant to honor the astronaut, and that kind of tasteless humor was never part of Trek catalogue. That you'd make that connection actually says more about you than them.
You really think Star Trek III is better than what is regarded as the best Star Trek movie ever made?
The popular vote is still an opinion. Personally, while I find Trek II to be the better film, I enjoy Trek III more. Go figure.
I agree totally. I have always been very fond of Star Trek III. Star Trek has always done humour very well, until the sadly depressing experience that was Nemesis, a very dark film, with little to lighten it up. I am not sure that I like the Pop version of James Horner`s main Star Trek theme, as I am so familiar with the orchestral version, and it did not actually feature in the film, it seems to have been done for commercial reasons, but then for completeness sake... nor am I sure about the music for the bar scene, but I`ll reserve judgement until I`ve heard it away from the film. Never too sure about re-arrangements in general, sometimes they work, such as orchestral versions of the James Bond themes, and sometimes they don`t, such as Giorgio Moroder`s synth version of John Williams` Superman theme, which, I`m sorry, cannot compete with the London Symphony Orchestra, but then again, re- arranging Vangelis` Chariots of Fire for orchestra didn`t entirely work either. As for the Astronaut thing, I recall that Dr. Mae Jemison, A former Astronaut, appeared in an episode of ST:TNG, and while I`m less sure of this, I think she said that while she may not have actually gone into space, she stood on the bridge of the Enterprise! As for me, just waiting to hear the Enterprise destruction music away from the film, so long have I waited to do so.