Sep 282017

Tonight was the 4th episode, “If The Stars Should Appear.” I thought it was pretty good… it would have made a perfectly cromulent TOS episode. There were a few bits that made me laugh out loud – Lt. Lamarr’s response to Commander Grayson’s enthusiasm about “Isn’t it exciting to be out here on the edge of the unknown,” for instance. The unforeseen Liam Neeson cameo. But the part I liked best was actually part of the music: early on, they discover a truly vast alien spacecraft, several hundred square miles in cross section (an odd way to answer the “how big is it” question, to be sure), and they send an away mission over to it in a shuttlecraft. The music that plays as they approach the door leading to the interior? Taken *directly* from the score for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” specifically from either “The Cloud” or “Vejur Flyover” bits. And if you are going to steal some Star Trek music, you could hardly do better than the ST:TMP soundtrack. Which is one of the most awesome soundtracks ever put together. Jerry Goldsmith knocked that one directly out of the park.


“The Orville” is not the show we were promised, but it’s really starting to grow on me. I shall be quite annoyed when it is inevitably cancelled in a few weeks…

 Posted by at 11:25 pm
  • cygnus_darkstar

    Lots of people complain about the length of the SFX shots in TMP, but I thought all the scenes with VGER were chills-up-my-spine awe-inducing. They still hold up today. I wouldn’t remove a single one of them.

    I’m not looking at it through rose-colored nostalgia glasses, either, I was born in 1988 and the first time I saw the movie was in the early 2000s.

    • Scottlowther

      My problem with the V’Ger flyover scenes isn’t the V’Ger flyover, it’s the repeated cutting back to “Here’s Sulu/Ilia/Chekov/etc. looking amazed” clips. Unnecessary, and a bit jarring.

      > I was born in 1988

      Get off my lawn.

  • philo_t

    TIL apparently nobody bothered to tell the composer Jerry Goldsmith the proper spelling for V’ger.

    Just imagine the NERDRAGE that must have spawned over the last forty years until we created Google to provide Mankind with much-needed enlightenment.

    • Scottlowther

      As dim memory serves, “Vejur” was the spelling used on early marketing, “V’Ger” came along after the movie came out. I believe the reasoning on that was “Vejur sounds like an alien name,” while “V’Ger is clearly a contraction.”

      This was of course more than a decade before the internet came along to wipe out all possibilities of effectively concealing spoilers.

  • Pantagruel

    Just saw the episode. Best so far. They just might have a formula here: look and feel of Trek, steal liberally from Heinlein and Asimov, and dick jokes. I could dig that.

    • Scottlowther

      Yup. The formula as you describe it, would appeal to a lot of folks I hope. Good SF, with entertainment.

      Plus, it’s throwing off the expected political narrative. The second episode with the “should we force a sex change on a baby” seemed to irritate people on *both* extremes. What I liked was that the moralizers were over-ridden and the aliens who wanted to do The Wrong Thing wound up doing The Wrong Thing, because for them it was the Right Thing.