The Star Trek franchise has a history of iconic theme music. Starting with Alexander Courage’s original theme song from 1966, to Jerry Goldsmith’s fanfare used in Star Trek: The Motion Picture and The Next Generation. In more recent years, film composer extraordinaire Michael Giacchino created a new fanfare for J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot.
Now, he’s back, creating the theme music for the Nickelodeon and Paramount+ animated series, Star Trek: Prodigy. In anticipation of the series premiere, they’ve released the series’ opening credits sequence, complete with Giacchino’s rousing new theme. And we can tell you, it’s already one that captures the true spirit of adventure of this series. You can check it out right here:
The new theme is very reminiscent of Giacchino’s Star Trek theme for the movies. But it also recalls several of the prolific composer’s other scores. And the visuals bring to mind those of Star Trek: Voyager. This is only fitting, seeing how Captain Kathryn Janeway is going to be a fixture on this series. Or at least, her Emergency Command Hologram will be.
Star Trek: Prodigy is about a group of young aliens who discover a Starfleet ship, which they commandeer. We imagine with the help of the Captain Janeway Hologram, much exploring the cosmos will no doubt occur. Not many other details are known, but with Star Trek Day coming up on September 8, we expect to hear a whole lot more.
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Michael Giacchino has dipped his toe into almost every prominent nerd franchise. His scores range from Star Wars, to the MCU (the Spider-Man films and Doctor Strange), to Pixar, to Mission: Impossible, to Jurassic World. Soon, he’ll add a DC feather in his cap, thanks to his work on The Batman. If he ever does a James Bond or a Middle-earth film, he will have every Infinity Stone in the gauntlet, so to speak.
Star Trek: Prodigy will premiere sometime later this year.