Soundtrack Review: Star Trek V The Final Frontier

Soundtrack Review: Star Trek V The Final Frontier

Star Trek V The Final Frontier Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Star Trek V The Final Frontier by Jerry Goldsmith.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 96.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 55.7
Album Excellence: 76.3%

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is a 1989 American science fiction film directed by William Shatner and starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy & DeForest Kelley. When the newly-christened starship Enterprise’s shakedown cruise goes poorly, Captain Kirk and crew put her into Spacedock for repairs. But an urgent mission interrupts their Earth-bound shore leave. A renegade Vulcan named Sybok has taken three ambassadors hostage on Nimbus III, the Planet of Galactic Peace. This event also attracts the attention of a Klingon captain who wants to make a name for himself and sets out to pursue the Enterprise. Sybok’s ragtag army captures the Enterprise and takes her on a journey to the center of the galaxy in search of the Supreme Being. The score is composed by Jerry Goldsmith.

Ah, Star Trek V. That can only mean one thing. Jerry is back! If you don’t know, Jerry Goldsmith composed the score for the first Star Trek film, Star Trek The Motion Picture in 1979. 10 years and 4 films later, he is back and in better shape than ever. Of course since Star Trek TMP is one of the greatest scores ever made, I don’t expect this one to quite get there, but I have very fond memories of this score. I will be reviewing the expanded 2012 Intrada Records release. This score doesn’t open with a main title, but with ‘Nimbus III’, the planet of galactic peace. It doesn’t sound very peaceful to me, but it’s exciting nonetheless and that’s what matters. Here Goldsmith has crafted a theme for crazy Vulcan Sybok and the short theme is effective and great. Mind-meld’s are part of the Vulcan tapestry and ‘The Mind-Meld’ is as good a version as any version I’ve heard. It’s mysterious tone, specially the opening is mind-meld worthy. The rest is a dramatic and lyrical piece, quite dangerous and romantic.

But how about those opening titles? Oh yes, here it comes in the form of ‘The Mountain (Main Title)’. It starts with the classic fanfare and is it me or does it sound better every time I hear it? The opening is pure nostalgia for fans of Goldsmith’s theme for Star Trek The Motion Picture. The fun part is what happens after the overture. This is where Star Trek shines, even more so than Star Wars in my opinion. Just listen to the the mountain theme. That’s beautiful lyrical scoring, a theme for the ages. It’s romantic as hell this music. The romance of friendship and space all in one. It’s gorgeous. Now that’s over, let’s get into some serious action with ‘The Big Drop’ and ‘Raid On Paradise’ some exciting action music in the mold of Jerry Goldsmith. It’s not as good as the Klingon theme from TMP, but hey there’s stick percussion and exciting music all around. Patience! It’s about to arrive.

Did I mention how much I love the friendship theme in this score? Well it’s returning in ‘Not Alone’ and dammit it’s beautiful. Klingons! The Klingon theme from Star Trek TMP is getting a rerun with ‘Target Practice’ and it’s such a fun theme. I find myself humming it a lot. I’m very weak for Goldsmith’s themery and whenever he brings back the TMP theme I am just in awe. It sounds superb in ‘A Tall Ship’. This score is Star Trek for me, just as Star Trek 1, 2 and 3 was. It has a certain style and it is a science fiction type of score that I love.

1. Nimbus III
2. The Mind-Meld
3. The Mountain (Main Title) *
4. The Big Drop
5. Raid On Paradise
6. Not Alone
7. Target Practice *
8. A Tall Ship *
9. Plot Course
10. No Harm
11. Approaching Nimbus III
12. Open Gates
14. Without Help
15. Pick It Up
16. No Authority
20. The Barrier
21. A Busy Man
23. Let’s Get Out Of Here (Part 1)
24. Let’s Get Out Of Here (Part 2) *
25. Cosmic Thoughts *
26. Life Is A Dream (End Credits) *

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Soundtrack Review: Star Trek V The Final Frontier, 8.3 out of 10 based on 3 ratings


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