CBS just dropped a first preview of Star Trek: Discovery‘s main title theme, with a new video featuring an interview with series composer Jeff Russo and and shots of his sixty-piece orchestra performing the dramatic score.

The theme starts with hints of Alexander Courage’s classic Original Series theme, but then jumping to a brand new musical arrangement specifically for the new series.

We’ll update this with a region-free video as soon as one is available.

Take a listen through the video above and let us know your thoughts about this breaking news!

  • Jonny Foster

    I LOVE IT!!!! Nothing like a Star Trek theme to get the blood pumping and the goosies on your arm. So triumphant sounding.

    • Robert Lowndes

      I love it, its a great theme

  • prometheus59650

    Lovely, lovely.

    Zero complaints.

  • Jaro Stun

    geo blocking when marketing to a global market. i just cant have enough laughs on this

    • A non-region-locked version is available on Instagram, here.

      • Jaro Stun

        thx 🙂 I helped myself anyway earlier, its just funny to use geoblocking like this on PROMOTION. never understood this lol

        • I agree, it’s weird to use geoblocking on something that they WANT to be seen worldwide.

      • TUP

        Is the Instagram clip shorter than the CBS youtube clip?

        • Quintillion Tesla

          I was wondering the same – judging from some of the harsh comments, there must be a full/longer version floating around ( either that, or it’s fans doing what they always do, condemning the whole thing based on an out of context snippet ).

    • TUP

      Something related to legalities of distribution, maybe? No idea…its somewhat annoying but at least the unblocked versions are coming fast and furious after the US releases now.

      What they should be doing is having Bell in Canada and Netflix international tweeting or whatever the clips at the same time as CBS.

    • I imagine it’s part of the deal with Netflix. Netflix wants to be seen as the “producer” of the new Star Trek in all countries except for the US and Canada.

      EDIT: I see that TUP beat me to it.

    • CBS only markets the show to the USA, which is where their content is region-locked to that country. International distribution is via Netflix, which does all marketing outside of the US / Canada region.

      • Snap

        That would be fine if it wasn’t for the fact that the tweet was from the “Star Trek: Discovery” account which, being distributed globally, shouldn’t be geoblocked at all. Had it been from the CBS or CBS All Access accounts, it would make a little more sense.

        • It’s account @StarTrekCBS. Netflix has their own account, @StarTrekNetflix.

          • Snap

            Well, considering NEtflix doesn’t have the rights for the show in Canada, that one wouldn’t be the the applicable account. Besides, Netflix is a licensor/producer of the show whereas CBS actually owns the property, thus it is the official Discover account.
            ]
            As I said, it is not the account for the CBS company nor CBS All Access, thus distribution rights don’t play a factor in what is posted by the account. Considering the show is filmed in Canada and, thus, benefits from tax credits they wouldn’t be so US-centric and block Canada from viewing content.

    • startrekker1701

      Just utterly insane decision

  • Awww. The tip of the hat to Courage’s original theme made me tear up.

    • Donny Pearson

      Amen to that!

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      Yep!

    • Pedro Ferreira

      I found it didn’t fit in, it felt like an afterthought.

  • Jaro Stun

    though on the contenbt itself….well would love to see this with visuals. but so far sounds good!

  • David Lund

    A little underwhelmed so far. Need to see it with the visuals. The sudden insertion of the theme at the end doesn’t seem to flow from the main section of the music.

    • Ed Lilli

      I think we’re not getting all the theme, but pieces of it.

      • Legolars

        The theme in the clip is about 1.20 seconds. The same amount of time as the average opening credits of a premium show. I hope you are right, but I fear that you’re not.

        • Ed Lilli

          Someone posted a clean version of this on YouTube. It’s called

          Star Trek – Discovery – Theme, Jeff Russo & CBS Productions (No Vocals!). I think this is the theme in its entirety, but after having listened to it about four times I can say with all honesty that I love it! Thumbs up!

      • Pedro Ferreira

        Nha, it looks like the theme, I’ve even heard the voice over for the intro.

  • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

    Better than Faith of the Heart

    • Walter Kovacs

      i love the ENTERPRISE intro with the song.

      • M33

        Haha
        Good idea!

        I wish the intro for ENT had been in the spirit of In A Mirror Darkly.
        THAT would have been fantastic!

        • Walter Kovacs

          idea? what idea did i present? did you misunderstand me? i didn’t mean that i want this DISCOVERY music with the ENTERPRISE intro. i meant that i love the ENTERPRISE intro with the ENTERPRISE song.

          • M33

            My mistake.
            Thought you meant syncing the new DSC song with the ENT opening.

          • Walter Kovacs

            no, the ENTERPRISE intro is perfect, at least in seasons 1 and 2, before they “pepped up” the song.

          • M33

            Well, we can agree to disagree.
            It is all a matter of tastes.
            I find the ENT theme to be horribly dated, as dated as the TOS theme (with those 60s conga beats in the background and the vocalist harping away).
            The ENT stands out to me as cheesy, sappy, and uninspired.
            Especially given WHY it was chosen.

            But, hey… we are all different.
            IDIC!

          • Jamie Thomas

            At least the ENT theme was memorable and made an impact with fans.
            Love it or hate it, the ENT theme is memorable and you could hum/whistle/sing it.

            Personally I think the ENT theme fits the ideology and spirit that the show was embodying -exploration, courage and taking pioneering tentative steps outside of known space.

            “Archer’s theme” by Dennis was great too. Some may argue that it should have been the credits music, which is a fair comment.

            I think a strong musical theme is essential to set the identity of a show.
            I’m not a viewer of Game of Thrones but by Jupiter that show has one of the most memorable, recognisable and beloved opening themes and visuals of any modern TV show. Kudos to Ramin Djawadi for that.

            Let’s see how this goes when Jeff’s theme is paired with the title credit visuals.

          • M33

            Given that DSC seems so far to try to visually be “Trek of Thrones”, we shall see if this new theme matches the tonal essence of the show—which is what musical scores are supposed to do.

          • Walter Kovacs

            exactly. i mean, what is more subjective than music taste? i actually like that song from ENT a lot, i often listen to it on my walkman 😀 kidding, of course… about the walkman… but i do listen to the song.

            too many people think whatever they personally like is “good”. but there’s no such thing as “good” and “bad” when it comes to things like music, series, movies, books. i think the only exception to that is when fiction becomes socially relevant. so any fiction that transports values of non-violence, cooperation, equal rights (like STAR TREK) is GOOD in a real sense, in that it can help make the real world better (less oppressive, less violent). and some fiction (like ATLAS SHRUGGED) is actually BAD, because it transports horrible values.

      • I’m not that thrilled with the theme song for Star Trek: Enterprise, but I love the pictures of milestones of flight; it makes it seem as if we really COULD end up in a Star Trek future if we work together.

        • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

          Yes, the visuals in the Enterprise credits are excellent.

        • Walter Kovacs

          yeah, totoally! and i guess there’s no need to “debate” music taste, it’s just a personal preference thing 🙂

    • Mo

      You’re not setting that bar very high. 😉

    • Pedro Ferreira

      That’s not exactly a recommendation right?

    • Pedro Ferreira

      It wasn’t the song they wanted anyway.

  • Maria Jose

    It is very beautiful! I especially enjoyed the nods to Star Trek: Into Darkness’ “London Calling” and John William’s “Rey’s Theme” from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

    • John Tenuto

      Agreed!

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      Well said…I also made the connection to TFA style.

    • Locutus

      Definitely reminded me of the “London Calling” track, which is a good piece of music.

  • archer923

    It’s a fine theme.

    • Donny Pearson

      Yes, indeed.

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      Agreed!

    • M33

      Right.
      Good, but not the best either.

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    Not bad.

  • Quintillion Tesla

    Okay STAR TREK ARGENTINA has the longer version of the theme that’ll work in the UK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPUqUsUnJOU

    • startrekker1701

      CBS blocking everything they put out on Twitter outside the US is REALLY starting to piss me off

  • Oh this sounds nice!

  • bytes

    Sounds nothing like nuTrek. Except for the theme. And all the notes before and after. Definitely not a nuTrek show… right?

  • Locutus

    It is a solid theme, but takes a back seat to most of the themes that have come before with the exception of ST: Enterprise’s “Faith of the Heart.” It starts out strong, but really seems to meander midway through. I can whistle all the other Star Trek themes because they have a memorable melody all the way through, but this one does not quite accomplish that. But maybe it will grow on me. I also think the return to the Courage theme at the end seems a little too disjointed. I wouldn’t exactly say I am disappointed though. It is solid work!

    • M33

      It is certainly more subtle and subdued compared to the bombast of nearly all the rest.

      • The Science Fiction Oracle

        Yea. It’s akin to William’s The Force Awakens…people were critical of less of the marching style bobast, but it’s so much more artful and mature, and plays better in today’s shows.

        • M33

          True. And the subtlety (sp?) focuses less on the majesty of exploration and more on the internal emotional nature of the characters, tugging at the heartstrings, one might say.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            Exactly.

        • Locutus

          That it is more “modern,” I grant you.

        • Pedro Ferreira

          I can’t actually remember any of the score from that movie. Shows how unmemorable the whole thing was at least for me.

  • Fiery Little One

    I think I need to see the opening credits sequence.

  • M33

    “It’s been a long road…”

    NOOOOOO!!!!

    LOL j/k

    Very nice instrumental.
    Like Star Trek meets The Avengers.
    Very modern-cinema orchestral.

    • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

      Avengers music, and most MCU music, is pretty bland however.

      • M33

        Often simple melodies.
        Don’t want to “confuse” or “overload” the viewing audience… or something convoluted like that.

    • Perplexum

      At least you remember faith of the heart after you hear it. I watched the clip just now and already forgot how it sounded.

      • M33

        It’s too cheesy not to forget.
        Like Adam Sandler’d Hannukah song.
        I may never want to hear it ever again, but it will never leave my memory (unfortunately)

    • Pedro Ferreira

      I didn’t think much of it.

  • The Science Fiction Oracle

    W O W

    !
    !
    !

    Best Trek theme since DS9, though Trek 2009 was also good.

    • TUP

      I hated the film theme at first. Sounded way too bombastic. It grew on me though. More so as a result of familiarity I think.

      I like this theme.

      • The Science Fiction Oracle

        Me too. Appreciated more as time went by.

  • Legolars

    Bland, uninspired and totally forgetable. Compare this to DS9 or VOY or any other current tv show like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead or CBS’s The Good Fight. There is no theme, no leitmotif. Such a wasted opportunity. This honestly made me sad.

    • Walter Kovacs

      i sadly feel the same way.

    • Tom

      It’s interesting that part of the theme (slightly tweaked for final) was already revealed to us back in January:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9QHrNdgX4U

    • Justin Olson

      I’m really pulling for this show to be good, but I have to agree with you here. I’ve listened to this main title a few times, over and over again before arriving at a conclusion: it’s just not melodic and it doesn’t really build to anything.

      The composer had to actually mimic, then full-on borrow notes, book-ending it with Courage to make it work. This tells me the producers either don’t know how to articulate what they want musically to the composer, or that the he wasn’t moved emotionally by the footage that was shown to him.

      I don’t know, maybe it will grow on me provided the show is actually good. But right now, I’m not feeling it. I would’ve told him to go back to the drawing board. And if he couldn’t pull off a strong main theme, then get someone like Giacchino to do one.

      • Legolars

        I think this is indeed the case of producers who do not really have a vision for the musical soundscape of the show. I agree with Alex Kurtzman that the theme for the Original Star Trek was iconic, but to me so are Goldsmith’s themes for TMP and Voyager. Or Horner’s work on Trek II and III. Even Dennis McCarthy pulled off a stellar theme for Deep Space Nine. I don’t see the need to harken back to those opening notes Courage wrote more than fifty years ago. This chapter of Trek needs its own theme and identity. If this Jeff Russo’s effort is to be believed, it has none.
        I am still optimistic about Discovery as a whole. I’m sure that the show will find its feet and its viewers during the first season. But this theme is a serious misstep.

    • Northstar Deplorable

      I must agree with you here. They “toy” with the Alexander Courage theme with a couple of notes hinting at it in the beginning, and then veer off, eventually moving into a forgettable mish-mash which finally resolves into the classic “Star Trek” theme. If it is so iconic as Kurtzman suggests, why leave it until the end?

  • Donny Pearson

    With respect to those who were like “this theme tune drools,” this theme tune rules!

  • Harry Kane

    The main part sucks

  • Havenbull

    It is serviceable, but does not stand out. I am disappointed.

  • Harry Kane

    Lets face it, No one can ever recreate Jerry Goldsmith’s or David McCarthy’s music. Which is pure trek

    • Quintillion Tesla

      But if they DID “recreate” it, I’m sure you’d complain that it’s just a rip-off.

      • Harry Kane

        Depends if its good or not :))))

  • Harry Kane

    Seriously worst theme ever, the ending and begining are fine, but the main middle part of the score is wrong.

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      “Worst Theme Ever” EVER??? REALLY???

      They could have put our Beethoeven’s Ode to Joy, you’d be bitching about how lame the music was.

      You do realize that when you continually, over and over, “go to the well” with everything about this show being negativity, that people will starting questioning your credibility, and wondering if you have an “agenda” here? You are not really fooling anyone, dude.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cb75a1a7dbbdc19f246c870efef7e09f6e190ce02934632b51ba655a1124c266.jpg

      • Quintillion Tesla

        It amazes me how many people hate upon this show before it’s even aired, but they will still hate-watch it.

        Granted, once the show comes out, we’ll know if it’s great or if it sucks – and then we’ll be rightly positioned to critique it.

        “worst theme ever” is just plain ridiculous, agreed.

        • The Science Fiction Oracle

          Yea, the clown would have us believe this is the worst theme ever produced in film or TV? WTF? That’s pathetically silly!

          This time, Harry Kane has so overplayed his negativity that any sane, objective person has to conclude that he is just trolling. It is what it is.

        • M33
          • Quintillion Tesla

            Brilliant!

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            That never gets old!

          • M33

            I know, right!?

        • Harry Kane

          Just had higher expectations

        • TUP

          To be fair the haters are very few. And most of them are just being contrarian to act out a cool rebellious internet persona.

          • Christian Freitag

            I don’t think so. I believe the few worshippers worship even louder.

          • TUP

            That makes very little sense. This is a Star Trek side. You think the positive people are “few”? Generally a genre site would attract fans. Not detractors. Thus it stands to reason that the majority of people there would be positive supporters.

            Don’t be a troll. Common sense tells us the very negative voices are the minority. Most people are pretty well balanced about the shows and have various likes and dislikes.

          • Christian Freitag

            It’s a Star Trek site. I’ve been reading the posts for months. There are always the same people who complain loudly about Enterprise (looks too modern, etc.), but at the same time praise Discovery in the highest tones. And critics are designated as trolls.
            Here are all Star Trek fans on this site. And it is indeed permissible to criticize something that does not please you like you criticizes Enterprise! The “non-trolls” have probably not leased this side. How should a discussion with just ONE opinion look like?

          • Harry Kane

            Totally agree with you, there was a time when trekcore was more balanced and neutral, it may be filling up with vultures now but that does not deter the lions of courage and wisdom.

          • TUP

            I’ve seen this complaint before and I dont find it to be reasonable. Enterprise sucked. But I dont see a line up of people complaining about the visuals of Enterprise and loving the visuals of Discovery.

            Besides which, even if it were true, its a more nuanced argument then you’re giving credit. Enterprise created the scenario of a pre-TOS series with visuals that looked beyond it.

            Regardless of visuals, Enterprise mostly sucked. Because of the writing and the vision of the show. Not the look of it.

            Its only the irrational types that get upset and feel put upon for their “opinion” not being accepted. Plenty of people here see pros and cons with Discovery and discuss them at length without unreasonable discourse.

            The idea that the vast majority of people hate Discovery and only a few like it is just silly and not at all supported by the posts to this and similar sites. To suggest otherwise is to push a false narrative for some reason. And automatically everything else you write would come under suspicion.

          • Christian Freitag

            You see, I do not agree with you here.
            I liked Enterprise as one of the few fans and liked both: the actors, as well as the stories (and even the title song) and I was heartbroken that the series was cancelled. Tastes are different. Enterprise sucked for you and for others. But not for me. I think the series didn’t look as modern as TOS. There are many examples. Even not in the stories. Enterprise was in the early years of Starfleet and one could see that.
            Clearly a few changes have been made to the Tellarites and Andorians. Ultimately, however, these were minimal and yet recognizable. How can one complain about the look of the ship, as it was often done here, because it looked too modern for the time, while at Discovery one barely loses a word about it – or worse – state TOS as dated!
            The series without which there would not be TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT or now Discovery.

          • TUP

            Its one of those things where, if you liked it, great. If you dug deeper into it, you wouldnt like it. Some programs/films, I want to turn my brain off and go for the ride and thats great. others I want it to be great all the way through.

            Enterprise was a great, great concept with awful execution. Thats my feeling. By the time Manny Coto took over, it was too late. He made it a lot better but some of his efforts to fix things ended up hurting in the long run.

          • Harry Kane

            Problem was, the network bankrolling star trek enterprise got taken over by new people, who didn’t have a clue and were not intrested in star trek. As a result budgets decreased and ST Enterprise couldn’t give out its full story and S4 was its last, There also was alot of poor execution and marketing of it which didn’t help one bit, There was also alot of brandfatigue and the fact, CBS needed a show to fill the airwaves after Voyager. ST Enterprise was the new show, that showed us, what was before TOS. Sadly we didn’t get the full run.

          • TUP

            I agree. I think someone here made the point it was less brand fatigue as it was producer fatigue. That group that had come from TNG to Voy to Ent, more or less, was rehashing the same old.

            They badly needed new blood. Coto being there from the beginning would have helped.

            I know the story in hindsight is that they wanted the story to take place on Earth for season 1 while the Enterprise was built, which is exactly what should have happened. Though I question whether that creative team could have pulled it off.

            Creating Future Guy with no clue as to a resolution was an insult as well.

          • Harry Kane

            Coto was great, everything really kicked off from S3 Onwards. I put this to you, how do you feel when someone tells you that you can’t do what you originally intended to do. Its like hitting your creative centre with a cricket bat. Each season had its own unique feel with some exceptional episodes in all 4 seasons. Season 4 was great, and the Enterprise finale episode was a time jump. In a Mirror Darkly Part 1 and 2 were top class and would have been great to have had more episodes or even another series on this. DS9 used the mirror universe very succesfully. The way you know if it had been a success is to ask yourself, has it left you wanting for more, the answer was yes 100%. We were left wanting more of the Klingons, Romulans, and also seeing starfleet construct its early orbital starbases and outposts. Seeing newer classes of ships being built, and gradually the TOS asthetic moulding onto Starfleets new and refited ships, ST Enterprise’s proper ending would be seeing the new NCC 1701 being built or the USS Consitution Class being put into service.

          • TUP

            I think Berman had enough stroke he should have fought for his vision. It was different though. Now, a network or studio hires someone like Fuller or Kurtzman and gives them creative freedom.

            But Berman and Braga gave up too much in making Enterprise. It got dumbed down. But also they gave up their own vision in the writing. The idea of no transporters etc, great! But they sort of stopped pushing their own prequel narrative.

            I HATED the Xindi arc and stopped watching it that season. I also thought Bakula was terribly miscast. And I loved him on Quantum Leap.

            I think Enterprise was just too….simple. The writing, acting, storylines. No meat on any of the bones.

            By the 4th season, it got a lot better. I enjoyed the Mirror episodes. Enjoyed the Vulcan stuff. Even the Klingon augment thing…even though it hamstrung the franchise.

            Killing Trip was lame and out of place. That finale was awful.

            I agree, they should have time jumped to the Enterprise 1701 with an old Archer watching it come out of space dock for the first time.

          • Harry Kane

            Your so right, I also loved enterprise and like you, properlly understood and appreciated it. It respected everything before but also achieved the right balance for a 21st Century tv series. Yes everyone bitches about enterprise, complain it looked wrong then feel Discovery is perfection yet say that TOS is dated. As you say, it is from which all things were based and as you say, there would be no evolved trek if there had been no TOS.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            Good point!

      • Harry Kane

        Well dude, what makes you think you can label me a clown or a troll, Its called having an opinion, get used to it! You like a select few on her seem to like taking on those who do not agree with your view, you label those people trolls or clowns. Those that target others are often showning that they have no inner strength of character, certainly not someone who would be of sufficient gravitas to comand a starship in real life. Shame that nowadays trekcore chat is now a toxic swamp. You must really be switched on if you think I have an agenda, I have an opinion and I am sharing it, just like everyone else. If you can deal with people sharing their opinions and updating their views on a topic as more and more info is released thats not my problems. Lets face it, why would they put out ode to joy, Its not scifi nor trek so its irrelavant.

      • Pedro Ferreira

        I disagree it’s not the worst theme ever.

    • M33

      ENT was truly the worst ever.
      Hands down.

      • Quintillion Tesla

        For me, I was disappointed by DS9’s* theme ( which felt like an ’80s soap opera theme – no coincidence given its creation by Dennis McCarthy ), but I learned to live with it.

        *DS9 was my absolute fave TREK spin-off – back when cassette recorders were a thing, I used to love syncing up the them tune for STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY to the title sequence for DS9 – what a complete revelation!

        • M33

          Great idea.
          I love the TUC soundtrack.
          But nothing beats the TMP soundtrack. That is golden.

          • Quintillion Tesla

            Yep, LOVE the TMP score!

      • The Science Fiction Oracle

        Par for the quality of that show though…the quality of the music was on the same level of everything else.

        • Quintillion Tesla

          I like what Larry Nemecek just said in a brilliant interview just the other day with Irish Trekkie on youtube – ENT wasn’t a display of Star Trek fatigue, but producer/production fatigue – it really took Manny Coto to come in fresh and get the ball really rolling, but by then it was pretty much too late.

      • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

        What isn’t far above the ENT theme?

        • M33

          I think they had a great idea for the inception of the show, perhaps 10 years too early.
          Their pitch of the debate on Earth regarding exploration with NX in development would have made very interesting serialized storytelling which would have easily been followed by viewers today.
          Unfortunately the upstairs wanted more of the same episodic tales, tying up Enterprises storytelling potential.

      • Snap

        I can see people having that opinion, but I’m afraid I can’t share it. The Star Trek theme which I actually dislike the most is the original 60s theme. It tends to work well as a subdued segment of the score in the original TOS movie scores but, as a theme on its own…. ugh.

        After foolishly thinking CNS actually cares if people outside the United States can see their “publicly” viewable content, I found a Youtube video of the theme. I liked the TOS fanfare portion but the rest of it seemed fairly generic and oddly derivative. It’s wasn’t horrible by any standard, I just felt I had this feeling that I had heard it before somewhere else.

        After reading that it had brought people to tears, I guess I was expecting/hoping for something… more. In contrast, while The Orville’s theme also sounds somewhat derivative, especially of the alternate unused TNG theme, it feels more like a main theme than Discovery’s.

        Well, a main theme is hardly indicative of how the show itself will play out. I just hope Discovery doesn’t always take itself so dreadfully seriously and actually dares to have some fun.

        • M33

          Very fine points you make.
          I had wondered if DSC will be the “serious” Trek and Orville will be the “lighthearted” half-cousin Trek.
          Maybe the two will contrast (or balance) each other well.

      • Harry Kane

        Discovery will be truly the worst ever
        Hands down.

        The sheer fact they can’t even create a decent bit of trek score sets it well below any previous Star Trek Theme. Star Trek Enterprise’s theme was approrpiate and really fitting.

        • M33

          I agree the message of ENT’s lyrics were fitting to the show’s theme.
          My dislike of the musical choice is because it sounded like a geezer-90s-rock-ballad, not even “contemporary” if that’s what they were going for.
          I think I would have had a far better opinion of it if there had been no lyrics at all.
          The imagery and the tonality of the instrumental music would have conveyed the same point.

    • Seems like anything different visually or musically just won’t cut it for you. You like the two parts of the song that are basically direct references to previous Trek music. And what does “wrong” even mean in this context? This isn’t a fan production attempting to reproduce what was previously done, this is a brand new, 2017, modern Star Trek. Also, your hyperbole (“seriously worst theme ever”) doesn’t help you make your point. Try some shades of grey from time to time.

    • I am pretty sure no one can take you seriously after that bit of hyperbole.

  • TUP

    Now that I’ve seen the full clip…wow. It’s great! When it’s paired with visuals it’s going to be fantastic. And hearing the fanfare at the end….whoa! Really really exciting!

  • Walter Kovacs

    i wanna see/hear how this works with the actual title sequence. just hearing it now, i’m not feeling it at all. there doesn’t seem to be any kind of recognizable melody about it (except for the well-known bit at the end), it all seems like random chaotic pieces of melodies to me. maybe i’ll get used to it, and i hope it will work better with the actual intro. but right now, i’m afraid i don’t like it.

  • Ian Fleming

    I need to hear it in context. Sounds OK.

  • October_1985

    It has barely a melody, except from the parts directly borrowed from Courage’s theme. It’s a pretty forgettable theme in the vein of the atonal scores of Hans Zimmer. It may grow on me, but for the moment, not a fan.

    • Jamie Thomas

      I agree with the Hans Zimmer comment, I’m not a fan of his atonal durge music.
      Give me a rousing Jerry Goldsmith, Brian Tyler, Ramin Djawadi, Alan Silvestri, Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy 1&2) score anyday. Something melodic and memorable.
      Just a matter of personal preference.
      I feel the music should accompany and at the same time lift the visuals.

    • Pedro Ferreira

      Hans Zimmer’s scores are so generic it’s not funny.

  • Aaron

    Sounds pretty good, nothing overly remarkable. Would have loved if they were able to have Michael Giacchino as the composer (love or hate the Kelvin Timeline, the soundtrack to the movies are undeniably awesome. The main theme of nuTrek – Enterprising Young Men – is fantastic), though I imagine he’s too expensive at this point for a TV show.

    • startrekker1701

      Enterprising Young Men is simply awesome

  • PJ

    As this is the first real solid thing from the show that I could comment on, I really wanted to be able to say something positive. I’m sorry, but that was a whole load of nothing!

  • iamawild

    Haven’t felt that cold shiver of anticipation run up the back of my neck for a LONG time. Bring on opening day!!

  • Mo

    Works for me. Moving on.

  • Snap

    “The media could not be played.” Well screw you too, CBS!

  • SpaceCadet

    Hmm, it sounds very professional and dramatic but I’m not detecting a recognizable melody except for the parts lifted from TOS main theme. Like others have said, maybe it’ll grow on me. But bring on the premiere already!

  • John Bush

    No chill bumps. Beautiful music but not very evocative of Star Trek, aside from the intro and ending. At least it’s nothing like the ENTERPRISE theme. I pray that they let these actors “chew on the scenery” like Shatner and Doohan occasionally did, and not take themselves so damned serious. If the show is anything like the Axanar fan movie that Paramount torpedoed, it has great potential.

    • Harry Kane

      The Star Trek Enterprise theme was great and the improved version from Season 3 onwards was excellent, yes it was different, yes it was more youth full but it certainly was “Enterprise” this song isn’t even worth it. It does not feel star trek and I find it so boring that they cannot just be unique rather than have to keep harking back to Alex Courage’s theme. Which was very classic and vintage.

      • TUP

        I know people will want to revoke my Trek card but I liked “Faith of the Heart” as well. It might have been a bit too on the nose but really, the lyrics combined with the visuals was exactly what Enterprise was meant to be about.

  • Jamie Thomas

    Without the visuals it’s hard to really judge this. Having said that, the lack of a bold memorable theme just makes the middle section feel like orchestrated filler for the Alexander Courage punchy fanfare.

    I had never heard of Jeff Russo before this article, so I’m not aware of his other work and whether he has composed strong memorable themes for other TV series.

    So far, as with most of the things I’ve seen relating to Discovery and I’m sorry to say this about Star Trek’s return to television but I’m a bit underwhelmed.

    I’ll give the 1st episode or two a watch and see how it goes.

    • Try listening to this theme (there’s a relatively clean version on YouTube) while watching the title sequence from Enterprise. It works perfectly!

      (…assuming the visuals would linger on Earth at the start, and the Enterprise at the end, for a couple of seconds longer).

      You have the “space” theme (the first 4 notes) over the initial shot of Earth in space; the strings kick in just as the space shuttle Enterprise appears, and they cover most of the “progress” section of the visuals.

      The slightly-sad piano towards the end accompanies the early interstellar vehicles. It even makes sense that the “starship Enterprise” fanfare is at the end, because that’s when the NX-01 appears.

  • kadajawi

    On the positive side… no singing. But apart from the beginning and the end it’s a typical modern score, too much focus on rhythm, too little focus on melody. I like the Orville theme MUCH, MUCH more. Now that sounds like Star Trek. And overall the Orville soundtrack in the first 20 minutes is just beautiful.

  • pittrek

    Not bad. Not very good either

  • Armand Laroche

    The first thing about this show I can say.. I like it.

  • GhostLoveScore

    Dear CBS, screw you. This shows you don’t care for fans outside US.

    • AmiRami

      Don’t feel bad. They don’t care about fans inside the US either. At least you get this show via Netflix. We have to pay for All Access.

      • Snap

        Well, it’s still pretty much the same thing, pay for a service to watch the content. The trouble is, people became too used to everything being available on Netflix all for a low cost but, now that business models are changing, content providers are seeing the profits which can be made and are starting their own services. First was something like the WWE Network, now it’s CBS, next is Disney and who knows which studio will be next but it’s only a matter of time before getting the content people want from OTT services will be just as, if not more, expensive than paying for cable.

        But I digress.

        I think Canada gets it luckiest of all with episodes airing on Space in addition to the Crave OTT service.

  • Marcel Anke

    some parts sounds like the Fringe Theme 😉

  • Yuki

    This sounds kind of negative. star trek is generally supposed to be a positive show. the themes have always had a feeling of hope. this is the opposite. this is a feeling of peril and sadness. I hope they take notice of fan reaction and alter it, because as it stands, this series is feeling like it will be very depressing. I was planning on taking out a netflix subscription to watch this show, but this theme has me reconsidering.

    • Matthew Burns

      Maybe they will make the show brighter and more optimistic as the show gets closer to TOS…

      • Yuki

        That sounds like a good idea. Maybe it starts off perilous and changes over time. Maybe this composition is one of a few to be played throughout?

    • TUP

      I certainly imagine troops and fighting as I listen to it. But that sounds like a lot of what we’re going to see this season.

      Perhaps they will change out that middle part every season…

      • Yuki

        Perhaps… We can only hope! I guess they are just starting out afresh so need to pull in a new audience. It has been 12 years and I don’t think that are that many stalwarts.

  • startrekker1701

    Not awful but pretty much instantly forgetable. I like the nods to Courage, although the end doesn’t really gel and is a little jarring.

  • Vger64

    I actually really liked it!

  • hellion

    it feels totally disjoint with the courage’s parts at the beginning and the end.

  • AmiRami

    I liked the parts but it didn’t feel as though those parts meshed properly into a whole.

  • PJ

    About the kindest thing I can say about this is that if it’s set to a stirring opening statement each week, that might elevate it in some way.

  • Pedro Ferreira

    Yeah not terrible but not good either. Like the rest of Discovery we’ve been presented so far it just feels generic. The inclusion of the Alexander Courage theme just feels like an afterthought as well.