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Simon Pegg Hates Star Trek Enterprise Theme Song + Writing Next Comedy Before Star Trek Sequel June 10, 2011

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Simon Pegg is a big fan of Star Trek, but apparently not Star Trek: Enterprise. The new Scotty has some choice words for the series, and especially the theme song. Pegg is also talking about writing his next comedy before he starts shooting the next Star Trek. Details below.     

 

Simon Pegg on Enterprise theme, Star Trek and writing his next script

Simon Pegg’s memoir "Nerd Do Well"
is being released in the USA and the actor is doing a mini book tour and some press. In talking to the AV Club Pegg got around to talking about Star Trek. He didn’t have anything new to say about the sequel, but did have some insights into Trek in general

On the theme to Star Trek Enterprise ("Faith of the Heart":

I think that the theme music to Enterprise was probably the most hideous Star Trek moment in history. I couldn’t believe that they had this great idea of sort of pre-Kirk/Spock Star Trek, and they gave it a dreadful soft-rock music start. It just seemed so ill-advised. I mention Admiral Archer [in 2009’s Star Trek]—it isn’t struck off because of the terrible music. Scotty actually mentions him. But [the theme music] is terrible. I’ve never seen Enterprise, because I couldn’t get past that music. It would still be ringing in my ears when the show starts.


Theme from “Enterprise” – hated by Simon Pegg

On what Star Trek character he would like to play (besides Scotty):

I don’t know—definitely a hard question. When I watched the movie, I was really enjoying it, and I forgot I was in it, honestly. I’d always seen the Star Trek universe as something I was outside of as a kid. I always put myself in Star Wars; I was like Luke’s younger brother, or something. But Star Trek, I like watching as an outsider. And that’s part of the reason Star Trek has the fanbase it has. It’s so enduring; it’s such an inclusive universe. You feel at home watching it, even if you’re not a part of it.

I always think Nick should play Harry Mudd. You know that amazing episode, “Mudd’s Women”? He brings all these women onboard that are all intoxicating to the crew members. It’s like brilliant, Vaseline-on-the-lens, soft-focus girls. But I don’t know [for me]—Khan?

And in an interview with AICN, Pegg said that he hopes to start writing the third film in the series Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz series collaboration with Nick Frost and Edgar Wright. Apparently Pegg thinks he can get it done before filming begins on the Star Trek sequel:

We already started the conception process, so it’s just a question of when we can get together. I’m just about to start shooting a movie here in the UK, so maybe between that and STAR TREK we might get a chance to bang out a first draft if we’re lucky


Pegg as Khan? Oh god no

Pegg is also just starting to promote Paul, which comes out on DVD in August. Here is a new fun behind the scenes clip shot by Pegg (via DigitalSpy).

 

 

Comments

1. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - June 10, 2011

Yes, I too absolutely *loathe* the “Faith of the Heart” ballsack song they used for Enterprise….

2. Elliot - June 10, 2011

I mean, who actually likes the Enterprise theme song though? It definitely is at the bottom of my theme song list.

3. KHAN 2.0 - June 10, 2011

posted in the previous thread but more apt to start this one off – Pegg and Tom Hanks were on the Graham Norton show tonight in UK(promoting ‘Paul’ and ‘Larry Crowe’) and they both started trying to out geek each other on TOS episodes etc anyway Pegg said Hanks would be welcome on the sequel and Hanks said hed like to play a Romulan (a peaceful one). I got the impression they were both being quite serious. Hanks seemed quite bummed hed never been in a sci fi movie

Hanks was nearly cast as Z Cochrane in FC wasnt he? (but couldnt do it due to him directing That Thing You Do)

4. KHAN 2.0 - June 10, 2011

oh and i really hope they dont have Harry Mudd in the sequel!

Khan – yes! (either as teh main villain or set up for ’3′)…Mudd – not so much

5. kirkadoo - June 10, 2011

I like the Enterprise theme song.

6. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - June 10, 2011

I loved the Enterprise Series but Hated the Theme song. Except for the Theme song they did for In a Mirrior Darkly. That was great. But peg as Khan. No!!!!!!!!! Scotty YES!!!!!!

7. BringBackKirkPrime - June 10, 2011

I hate the “Enterprise” theme song and I’m glad Simon feels the same.

8. Capt. Roykirk - June 10, 2011

I for one actually liked the theme song to Enterprise. I thought it was interesting to actually have a song with lyrics, rather then just instrumental.
The song seems appropriate, that this first Enterprise crew would have “faith of the heart” believing they could go out and make a difference, and find new life. I figured the “not gonna hold me down no more” was in reference to the vulcans holding back man’s Warp 5 engine. I even own the soundtrack of Enterprise, and love listening to the long verson of the song.

Since so many people apparenlty dislike it, what do you all think should have been used instead?

9. rm10019 - June 10, 2011

Hated it. At least the arrangement. Very ill advised as was Akiraprise and the rest of the production design to some extent. Why did they have phase pistols? Why were their communicators tiny pill boxes, half the size and all the functionality of TOS???

10. Christopher Roberts - June 10, 2011

I liked it to begin with. They made it even more pop from Season 3 onwards and then it became harder to like, because it’s suddenly super optimistic. Jarring badly with a show that had become grim and about a desperate race to save Earth.

They should have changed it to something like this…

http://youtu.be/6PWMk94lmlE

11. Christopher Roberts - June 10, 2011

Whenever it comes out on Blu-ray (and it should’ve done so by now) -

Maybe Paramount can consider offering an alternative opening theme, to switch between? If it helps the series get a better reputation…

12. Christopher Roberts - June 10, 2011

Worth mentioning that the You Tube video Trekmovie has tagged, isn’t actually that used on the show.

That’s the full length album version and at just over a minute, “Faith of the Heart” has come and gone in a third that time!

13. Allen Williams - June 10, 2011

I love the song. It fits the feel of the show really well. They even “fixed” it to feel a little more like the shows new direction in the 3rd season. If Enterprise hadn’t been canceled it would have been my favorite of the five shows. As it stands its tied with voyager, but only cause voyager has more shows. With that said voyager is only slightly better than DS9, which is in turn only slightly better than TNG and TOS. (I love all things star trek)

14. Christopher Roberts - June 10, 2011

Here ya go.

The theme song from Season 1-2:
http://youtu.be/_yijcWsLda8

Season 3-4 (more backbeat, guitar rythym going on):
http://youtu.be/urYH6xEyXw0

“In a Mirror, Darkly” theme (sounds a bit Babylon 5 to me):
http://youtu.be/sfbsZRbwbJ4

:)

15. Inigo M. - June 10, 2011

I loved the Enterprise theme. I felt like it was the evolution of the franchise. A theme with words. I didn’t like the country rock remix that appeared after the second season but the original was simple enough to be timeless and the lyrics were pertinent to the theme of the show and Star Trek in general – optimism and exploration. Thumbs up from me!

16. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - June 10, 2011

@8 — I would have preferred something closer to the TOS theme. Most Star Trek music isn’t modern, but more of a late 19th / early 20th century throwback… and yes, I’m referring even to the beloved TMP / TNG anthem. The TOS theme, on the other hand, is of its time (mid-20th century) and somewhat forward-looking for the time, too. So, the theme to Enterprise should have been something from the academic realm (not rock, and certainly not the outdated, scrotum rock style they went for), but contemporary, in my opinion: electronic or electro-acoustic, with lots of percussive cues. I really like Giacchino’s score for Lost (but hate his score for ST2009). I know I’m not in the majority on this, but on the other hand, I’m in the majority in disliking the “Faith of the Heart” track.

17. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - June 10, 2011

Hey, admins, how about a poll on the Enterprise theme?

1. Prefer season 1 theme
2. Prefer season 2 theme
3. Prefer season 3 theme
4. Prefer “In a Mirror, Darkly” theme (i.e. would have liked it to be the general theme)
5. Would have preferred a completely different theme, closer to the TNG – VOY theme
6. Would have preferred a completely different theme, closer to TOS theme
7. Would have preferred a completely different theme, totally different from all others

18. Vultan - June 10, 2011

Too bad Pegg couldn’t get past the theme song. Enterprise had some really good episodes, especially in the final season.

Your loss, old chap.

19. Howard G.D. Decker - June 10, 2011

The very least they could have done is come up with a new song instead of something recycled from a Robin Williams movie. It was a lousy song that wasn’t written with Trek in mind. But for a show that was all about looking back instead of forward (Enterprise, not Trek in general) I suppose a dull old-fashioned pop song that had already been used elsewhere (but sung by someone much more famous the first time) made sense.

20. Christopher Roberts - June 10, 2011

17. Great idea.

BUT Enterprise only used TWO versions of the song and something else for the Mirror Universe episodes. See post 14.

Seasons 1-2, Season 3-4 and “In A Mirror, Darkly”. That’s all.

Trust me, it’s my second favourite Star Trek show. First, on days like this!

SO TRY THIS

1. Prefer season 1-2 theme
2. Prefer season 3 theme
3. Prefer “In a Mirror, Darkly” theme (i.e. would have liked it to be the general theme)
4. Would have preferred a completely different theme, closer to TOS theme
5. Would have preferred a completely different theme, closer to the TNG – VOY theme
6. Would have preferred a completely different theme, totally different from all others

21. Ralph F - June 10, 2011

Agreed re/the theme song/music for ENTERPRISE. I do absolutely love the Mirror, Darkly version.

22. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - June 10, 2011

There was actualy a song produced for Enterprise. Archers song which you hear as the end credits. They even had Scott Bakula giving us a narritive like Kirk did in Tos using Archers song. I wish they would have used that instead.

23. boborci - June 10, 2011

Elton John’s ROCKET MAN works great if you sync it just right.

24. Joe - June 10, 2011

The song is not a bad song but it just does not fit in a Star Trek series, I guess because I thought it would be better to have a theme similar to the other series. My only question is didn’t Simon Pegg acutally give the show a try or did he prejudge it based on a song he did not like. No offence, Simon but that is not a good reason to turn off an entire show. Enterprise was a great show.

25. Dac - June 10, 2011

@boborci – Don’t you mean William Shatner’s Rock-it-man? ;-)

26. trekker 5 - June 10, 2011

#23,Bob,I could see that! :)

27. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - June 10, 2011

@20 — thanks for the correction, I did that in a hurry….

28. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - June 10, 2011

@23 & @25 — How about Herbie Hancock’s Rockit? ;-)

29. Christopher Roberts - June 10, 2011

23. boborci – “Elton John’s ROCKET MAN works great if you sync it just right.”

There are loads of fan mash-ups on YouTube. Somebody might’ve already tried that. :)

22. Commodore Mike – “Archers song which you hear as the end credits. They even had Scott Bakula giving us a narritive like Kirk did in Tos using Archers song. I wish they would have used that instead.”

See post 10, up the page… assuming I’ve made it through the spam filter! :-}

30. Douglas - June 10, 2011

In the months leading up to the premier of Enterprise there was a wonderful song over clips of the series in commercials promoting the show. I don’t remember what the name of that song was but it sounded great. When the show finally premiered the theme song that was chosen was so awful several people watching the show with me thought the TV station was having technical difficulties and the audio was switched. It’s is so awful It still makes me close my eyes, move my head slowly in a gesture of “no”, and just say “wow” in astonishment. A serious case of the emperor having no clothes with the powers-that-be controlling the production and silencing what must have been the negative criticism from people afraid of losing their job or being in the dog-house with producers.
Mr. Abrams, please don’t ever let your head get so big or become so out-of-touch with your staff that they are afraid to honestly give you feed-back. It always helps to have people that will give you various points of view on what they see and hear.

31. captain_neill - June 10, 2011

I don’t understand how people can’t watch Enterprise just because of the song.

When Enterprise started I hated the song but after time it grew on me and now I don’t mind. It doesn’t ruin the show for me.

I think Enterprise became a great show and it’s a shame it got cancelled too soon and a bad reputation.

32. boborci - June 10, 2011

Start te credits n the second verse, starting with, “i miss the earth…”

33. Basement Blogger - June 10, 2011

First, I loved “Paul.” It was a valentine to sci-fi geeky fans. Second, I absolutly agree with Pegg that the theme song to “Enterprise” was horrific. The song was from “Patch Adams!” Yes, the critical bomb that starred Robin Williams. (Link) For you in the “Blame it Berman” crowd, on this one I agree with you. Though I don’t believe Berrnan is responsible for global warming.

I got over the terrible song. Though I admit it does have a catchy hook. The more I watch “Enterprise” the more I like it. I’ve said if they bring back TV Star Trek maybe they should look again at this time period. But let’s face it , CBS will not bring back Enterprise so where does Star Trek on TV go? That I can’t say. The adventures of Captain Pike?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_Enterprise#Theme_song

34. Jordan - June 10, 2011

Not watching the show because of the music is very lame.

35. Alf, in pog form - June 10, 2011

“I’ve never seen Enterprise, because I couldn’t get past that music.”

I read into this statement “I’ve never seen Enterprise because I couldn’t be bothered”.

36. 1701A2E - June 10, 2011

I really liked the theme song but as a solid soft pop song. It definitely didn’t fit in the Star Trek tradition of classical-style music.

As for the mood of the song, it fitted season 1, but definitely as season 3 starts and gets darker, it didn’t fit.

Loved Enterprise series even though I’m more of TOS guy. I actually finished all episodes, and watched it multiple times, while there still few episodes from each of other series I never watched.

37. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - June 10, 2011

#30. That song that they used for the Enterprise Promo was from the Rock Band. The Calling. Where Ever you will go.
Great Song.

38. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - June 10, 2011

Hey Bob Orci. Would you or have you considerd writting a Star Trek Series. Don’t expect an answer though but thought I would try.

39. Kyle Nin - June 10, 2011

I thought the theme music fit the premise of the series perfectly. But regardless of whether you like it or not, it’s hardly a reason for not watching the series. Just put your TV on mute during the opening credits. Jeez, it’s not that hard.

40. Dee - lvs moon' surface - June 10, 2011

it’s lonely out in space … on such a times flight …
…………………..burnin’ out his fuse …
……………………….up here alone ….

…………………………long, long, time
………………………….long, long, time

………………………oh,no, no, no, no, no, no, no …

:-) :-)

41. James - June 10, 2011

Ah faith of the heart…. Should have been left with the film Patch Adams and the Manchester Commonwealth Games.

On another note i do hope we havent consigned Jerry Goldsmiths Star Trek theme tune to the history books, never to be used again – Bob will it ever make an appearance in your films do you think?

42. Green-Blooded-Bastard - June 10, 2011

I would love to see Tom Hanks in a Trek film. The guy would give an award winning performance.

43. James - June 10, 2011

@43 i have lobbied long and hard but alas Bob Orci has his differences with Tom Hanks over a certain Kennedy assassination – he would have made a wonderful Commodore Decker! I tell you who else would be brilliant in a Trek film – Jack Nicholson!

44. Dave - June 10, 2011

I grew up on the space coast and started the first ST fan organization there on or around 1973. I love the Enterprise theme song and visuals. There are tons of orchestral sweeps for those that prefer them, but in the trenches of space development “it’s been a long time, getting from there to here, it’s been a long time, but my time is finally here” was and is an affirmation of aspiration and a source of inspiration.

45. VZX - June 10, 2011

I tried to give Enterprise a shot, but I just could not get into it. It became a blatant rip-off of TNG, more so than Voyager was.

The theme song just did not fit. And, no, Rocket Man would have been worse. Epic movies and TV shows should always have epic scores, no boring elevator music.

46. Greenberg - June 10, 2011

#8,
well that gives us a clue as to the sort of people who actually enjoyed that crap.

47. boborci - June 10, 2011

39. When I first c

48. boborci - June 10, 2011

ontemplated being a writer, my dream was to work on a Trek series, but by the time alex and I were writing professionally, I thought we’d missed our chance!

49. Red Dead Ryan - June 10, 2011

The great thing about dvds are–and Simon Pegg may have forgotten this–is that you can either fast forward or mute over the title sequence!

50. dmduncan - June 10, 2011

I dunno. I don’t see Nick Frost as Harry Mudd. I think he makes a better Cyrano Jones.

The bad music for Enterprise was symptomatic of the poor decision making throughout the show. Unlike BSG and Firefly it was mediocre and had nothing much to say. It was a dying breath of a series that was produced merely because…well…as breath follows breath, somebody thought there had to be a continuance of Star Trek on TV.

51. MC1 Doug - June 10, 2011

I would like to echo my sentiment for the “ST: Enterprise” theme song.

Yuck!!!!

52. Alex Rosenzweig - June 10, 2011

I liked the theme song for “Enterprise” on one level, because if one listens to the lyrics, they actually say a great deal that was very much “on point” for the story that the producers were trying to tell. That said, musically, I would have gone for something instrumental, and a lot more up-tempo, filled with verve and energy and emphasizing the excitement for the unknown. The end title music (which was often lost under voice-overs and commercials), brought up just a bit, tempo-wise, would probably have worked nicely.

I hope Mr. Pegg eventually does give the show itself a chance, because I think it’s quite underrated, really.

53. Majicou - June 10, 2011

The song is a bit cheesy power-ballad, but it did grow on me over the course of the series (much like the series itself, really.)

54. somethoughts - June 10, 2011

That song was another blunder from Rick Berman, I recall him or his associates saying they would ram that opening song down everyone’s throat whether they liked it or not. Just shows you the kind of taste they had for fans opinions and the vision they had, good thing it is dead.

After TNG peaked seasons 3-7, the only success they had was maybe First Contact. IMO DS9, Voyager, Enterprise, and most of the movies were pretty bad.

I can’t believe they tried to make Picard the hero in each and every movie, it got so predictable and boring. Picard and Kirk taking out Soran, Picard and Data taking out Borq Queen, Picard taking out R’uafo, Picard taking out Shinzon, grow a pair and learn to be original and creative! TNG worked because it focused on the family character humanity exploration theme not Picard vs some villain. Stupid Berman.

55. somethoughts - June 10, 2011

They should have used this soundtrack for Enterprise :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjwmK5FzPCM&feature=related

56. Jerry Modene - June 10, 2011

Well, it could have been worse – “Enterprise” could have used some Beastie Boys music. ;)

57. allister gourlay - June 11, 2011

43. Simon Pegg and Tom Hanks on the Grahame Norton show last night here in the UK! Hanks does want to be a Romulan in the next Star trek film!

58. allister gourlay - June 11, 2011

He is the link form last nights show
http://www.youtube.com/user/BBC#p/u/1/zF-VZ794UxY

59. somethoughts - June 11, 2011

#47

Inspiring story, maybe one day I too will write

60. Canon Schmanon - June 11, 2011

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61. Keachick (rose pinenut) - June 11, 2011

Bob Orci – Has JJ Abrams seen what you have written so far? Surely – he must like it or he would have said something some time back. Is it written with a 2D or 3D format in mind? I keep wondering if there are two scripts – one for a 2D film and the other for 3D, with either one needing the final “filling out”, depending on which format is chosen. I am just guessing here. I don’t know how this all works. It would be good if you are able to give a little information.

62. Jim Nightshade - June 11, 2011

Yah i remember really disliking the song on enterprise at first–after all voyagers beautiful grand theme from goldsmith won a freakin emmy—and hearing ds9 theme getting off the elevators after the ride at the trek exp in vegas always helped me feel i was on ds9—oddly the more i heard the enterprise song more i got used to it-the words do evoke exploration, breaking away from limits n grandly going forward–ironically i most liked the enterprise song after the experience closed a couple of the dvds people made had that song going as they showed the hiltons space casino n the exp. entrances on their dvds-i liked the optimism n defiance in the song appropriate for what i felt about us fans losing the experience–there are always possibilities

63. Jack - June 11, 2011

56. I’d have been fine with that.

The song was a little cheesy/schmaltzy, and so was the show, at least in the beginning (admittedly, I only watched sporadically after mid-Season 2, and started watching regularly again during the last season).

64. Chang's Gang - June 11, 2011

I’ll be glad to hear Mr. Shatner reinterpret the Enterprise Theme song. BRING IT, BILL!

65. Chief Engineer - June 11, 2011

Hanks and Pegg were great on Graham Norton last night. Hanks is definitely keen to be involved in new Trek. He showed so much enthusiasm when talking about Trek (2009). Not sure I see him as a Romulan… more of a cameo Admiral.

Is it too late for him in the sequel Mr Orci?

66. ripleyaeryn - June 11, 2011

Enterprise theme song rocks!!!!!! The best theme since DS9!

67. Nick Cook - June 11, 2011

While I’d agree that the theme was a weak choice, I also think that letting something so trivial put you off a show is pretty silly.

Your mileage may vary of course. :)

68. Dom - June 11, 2011

Music in Berman’s era was dull dull dull! The Enterprise theme was proof that the guy didn’t have a clue what he was doing and that he was locked in an 80s TV time warp.

Did the potential replacement theme for season three, commissioned to Woven, ever get released?

69. Z3R0B4NG - June 11, 2011

The ENT theme song is at least better MUSIC then 99% of the BS that is usually on the radio.

And i find it funny, everybody is allways complaining that *they* never come up with anything new, but if *they* change up the formula even by an inch everybody is complaining about how that isn’t Star Trek anymore.

For the record, i liked the them song in Season 1+2 but they screwed it up in Season 3, at that point they should better have made something entirely diffrent.

You don’t take a Metallica song and change it up *just a bit*.

70. pen2paper - June 11, 2011

#23

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0vXniLxG0Y

71. Jai - June 11, 2011

Bob Orci, re: #23

“Elton John’s ROCKET MAN works great if you sync it just right.”

I will accept your bid, and raise it to ‘Third Stone from the Sun’ by Jimi Hendrix.

Has that groovy 60s vibe too ;)

72. Gary - June 11, 2011

Simon could have just pressed the MUTE button on the remote–that’s what I always did after Broken Bow.

73. Bruce Banner - June 11, 2011

In addition to the Enterprise theme song, I always found Patrick Stewart’s imitation of Shatner’s monologue in the beginning of TNG to be cringe worthy and embarressing. Always hit the skip scene button on the dvd for both.

74. N - June 11, 2011

there’s always the orchestral version used in the end credits…

75. Spectre-7 - June 11, 2011

If you can like Star Trek 2009, you can certainly like Star Trek Enterprise

76. Kirk, James T. - June 11, 2011

Ah Enterprise… I actually liked the series but that theme song… I get what they were trying to do. Getting rid of the “Star Trek” title and having something contemporary start the show but it didn’t work. I loved the end credits theme though.

77. Thorny - June 11, 2011

Enterprise’s theme song was such a come-down from the majestic Jerry Goldsmith score for Voyager, but I don’t hate it. I still actually prefer it to the Dennis McCarthy theme for DS9, which I think is an excellent cure for insomnia. It also better than the drums-run-amok score of Battlestar Galactica and the cats-being-tortured “music” of Farscape. I give points to Berman & Co. for trying something different, but Faith of the Heart was a misfire. If you’re going to go for a pop/rock song, do it right and get the real deal, like CSI did with The Who. Rod Stewart’s version of Faith was better than that no-name guy’s version.

Besides Elton’s “Rocket Man”, another good choice would have been John Denver’s “Looking for Space”.

78. sean - June 11, 2011

The Enterprise theme song was barftastic, but it was only one symptom among many on that show. The fact that they couldn’t even bother to get an original song always bothered me, though. Just another instance of cheapskateism.

79. DaveH - June 11, 2011

They should have made a Shatner interpretation of “Faith of the Heart.”
That would have attracted an audience…at least until the first act.

80. StalwartUK - June 11, 2011

No wonder this show got cancelled if the theme song managed to scare away viewers right off the bat.

81. gingerly - June 11, 2011

Everything about the theme makes me want to punch people. Just trite literal saccarine crap. Loved the mirrorverse episode openers, though.

82. CmdrR - June 11, 2011

It coulda been worse:

Beyond the rim of the starlight,
my love is wandring in star flight.
I know he’llfind
In star clustered reaches
Love, strange love
A starwoman teaches.

I konw his journey ends never.
His Star Trek will go on forever.
But tell him while
He wanders his starry sea,
Remember,
Remember me.

83. Phil - June 11, 2011

Oh, come on, the Enterprise theme isn’t that bad now….

84. Bruce Banner - June 11, 2011

One of the early episodes of season 1 (Enterprise) revolved around Capt Archer trying to find out his tactical officer’s (Malcolm) favorite food, so they could have it at his “Birthday Party” in the cargo bay. I thought Archer was going to ask him to pick out sheets and curtains before the episode was over. Everyone responsible for this episode should have been tarred and feathered!

85. Chain of Command - June 11, 2011

I watched Enterprise here and there when it was on. But, by the time it started I was just tired of the way the series (plural) were being done.

I was tired of the static, flat lit Marvin Rush photography, the Jay Chattaway non-theme music that was not engaging in any way, the ship’s bridge spraying sparks everywhere with every hit, the over-the-top technobabble, the ABC story-lines that were hardly ever related, the internal character conflicts that were always forced, etc, etc. The cast was decent, but they weren’t given much to work with.

It was a “blender” show. Take this aspect, mix it with this, through in this homage, add some references and voila!

The new film, though not perfect, was definitely a breath of fresh air.

.

86. Jake Cannon - June 11, 2011

#84 – To be fair, that was a subplot in an episode that other wise revolved around a mysterious alien craft that refused to communicate with – and later attacked – the Enterprise. They did seem to spend an inordinate amount of screen time on it,come to think of it…

Also, I just find it funny that this subject of the ENT theme song is being brought up again; I mean, I remember the big reaction on the internet way back when the show premiered (and it wasn’t much more positive than this). I was alright with the song back then (of course, I was also 12 and my tastes were… still evolving), but when I see an episode now I find it astonishing that they picked that song to be the theme. I mean… did they really expect that to be popular? Really?!

I’m a little nervous about introducing ENT to my Trekkie friends who haven’t seen it yet, because I just know they’re gonna hate the theme and won’t get over it. I seriously think that one thing may have actually scared away casual viewers. I mean, if it didn’t have the words “Star Trek” in the main title (oh, wait… well, that’s another story) and you were flipping channels, would you actually stop to watch if you heard that song? Yeah, me neither.

87. Captain Kathryn - June 11, 2011

I actually loved the Enterprise theme song…along with the story of how the Enterprise started from a sea faring vessel to the starship..thought the historical aspect was really good…the footage of the astronauts getting ready for their flights, I remember as a child….and I fell in love with the show…I did not like the Insectoids though….thought they were ridiculous…but basically the episodes were really well written…sorry to see it go off the air…..and personally concerning Simon Pegg, I did not like how he played Scotty at all..the way he played that beloved character ,his name should have been Snotty…..

88. Killamarshtrek - June 11, 2011

Can’t believe I missed Tom Hanks and Simon Pegg testing each others Trek knowledge on Graham Norton last night (watched it on catch up, Hanks’ question was definately harder) but it was a pretty good night for Trek on british TV. Did anyone see a very ‘camp’ Sir Patrick Stewart in bed with James Corden wearing his TNG costume on the Channel 4 Comedy Gala show last night?

89. Desstruxion - June 11, 2011

Loved Enterprise. I actually liked the closing credit music better than the opening theme but I’ve never judged a series by the theme song.

90. ster j - June 11, 2011

Wait–there was more than one verse???

91. Damian - June 11, 2011

I liked Star Trek: Enterprise, especially seasons 3 and 4. However, I have to agree with Pegg that the theme song was sadly lacking. I understand what they were trying to get across, but it just didn’t work.

One nice thing about the DVD sets is usually when its time for the theme, I just hit next. Very courteous of whoever designed the DVD’s to start the 2nd chapter with the beginning of the episode proper.

Maybe someone should tell Pegg if he wants to watch it, he can skip the theme altogether with the DVDs.

92. Praetor Tal - June 11, 2011

The theme song was indicative of the stated intent that Enterprise was going to be something different–a little hipper, a little edgier. Hence dropping Star Trek from the title. Unfortunately, it ended up being more of the same. Only with sweaty rubdowns in blue light. Season 3 and definitely season 4 saw improvements, but by then it was too late. And even at its best, it wasn’t hip or edgy.

93. Howard G.D. Decker - June 12, 2011

There’s nothing hip or edgy about ballads made famous by Rod Stewart. Or, for that matter, Scott Bakula. Or relegating the nonwhite regulars to Sulu/Uhura status. Or wasting two seasons desperately trying to remember why they thought a prequel would be a good idea, before deciding that a right wing take on 9/11 in space was what Trek needed, and then finally in the fourth season addressing the prequel thing.

Enterprise was a bad idea, badly executed. That it managed to produce a few watchable episodes is nice but not enough to compensate for driving the franchise off a cliff.

94. 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 - June 12, 2011

Ok, plain and simple, DROP the Khan idea. It was done once and done brilliantly. Time to move on to new ideas.

95. Thorny - June 12, 2011

90… You know “Faith of the Heart” was an existing minor pop song before Enterprise, right? It was written by Diane Warren, who had a lot of hits in the 1980s and 1990s, including Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” from Armageddon and Trisha Yearwood’s “How Do I Live” from Con Air, both nominated for Oscars. Rod Stewart recorded “Faith of the Heart” for the Robin Williams movie “Patch Adams” three years before Enterprise.

93… I’ve always thought “Enterprise” was an outstanding idea, extremely poorly executed. Berman and Co. botched it right out of the starting gate by setting the show more than seven years before the founding of the Federation, which should have been the finale of the series had it run the typical seven seasons. They also came up with the spectacularly bad idea of the Temporal Cold War, which made the whole point of Enterprise telling new stories in a new era moot, and then dreamed up the season-long Xindi War storyline where they had a perfectly good canon story of the same era… the Earth/Romulan War… just waiting to be told. The Earth/Romulan War and the Founding of the Federation are the two biggest “historical events” of Archer’s era, and both were ignored by Berman and Co. Throw is head-scratching ideas like cloaking devices, Ferengi and Borg centuries before they should be known, and the Klingon homeworld being a few days from Earth at Warp 5, and I just come away with the impression that those responsible for “Enterprise” weren’t really putting much effort into the show.

96. Kweeg - June 12, 2011

The re-tooled “Generations” music as the opening for Enterprise is my fav:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfWgU1fj3nM

Qapla”

97. Desstruxion - June 12, 2011

I agree with 96 on this one. The Generation’s theme was one of the best.

98. Steve - June 12, 2011

Speaking of music, what happened to the awesome music that was in the first big trailer for the ’09 Trek movie? I couldn’t wait to hear it in the final film, but it wasn’t there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uV1i4KOGxc

(music in question starts about 45 seconds into trailer…)

I thought the film’s final score was its weakest point. Especially the end credits sequence…

99. Christopher Roberts - June 12, 2011

Simon said rotten stuff about Phantom Menace, which was largely justified (it was a let down for original Star Wars fans) and it was as his Spaced TV character. He seemed to beat up on prequels full stop – until, you know, he basically ended up in one… sort of! Still everyone allowed to be a jerk about something!:)

I like to draw up a recommended ENT viewing list for him. I’ll even edit out that damn title sequence, if it means he’ll give it a fair chance.

100. Thorny - June 12, 2011

98… That music was from, I think, “Children of Dune”. Scores are usually the last part of a movie completed and trailers usually use an older film’s score. “Super 8″ used James Horner’s score from “Cocoon”.

101. Christopher Roberts - June 12, 2011

23 boborci & 70 pen2paper – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0vXniLxG0Y

Awesome. Favourited! I do like that song, but wonder if it’s only chosen because of the “Long, long time” bit. More or less the same meaning behind the lyrics they went with. That NASA motto of Ad Astra Per Aspera meaning “Through hardship to the stars “.

Could probably use a little rearrangement had they gone with Rocket Men for real. A cover version by an artist who’s a little heavier rock. Needs a bit of Oomph to grab an audience and not make them roll their eyes.

102. Christopher Roberts - June 12, 2011

Pegg should give this version of “Faith of the Heart” a listen… see if it makes his ears bleed. [evil] Somebody sent it to him. ;)

http://youtu.be/7RIK1w1FiNY

Not sure who sang it, but it’s more ethereal. Like the female vocalist from Evanescence, who sang “Bring Me to Life” and “Going Under”.

103. Christopher Roberts - June 12, 2011

^ You’ll need to jump ahead 50 seconds in, before she starts singing.

P.S. – I haven’t sent it to him really. I’m not that evil.

He hates the song. Fair enough.

Although, you know… hate is such a strong word.

Should save hating for racism, cruelty, terrorism and an internet connection that keep cutting out… :)

104. AF - June 12, 2011

I always liked this open. Very different and unexpected. Also love the video work timeline of great explorers!

105. Christopher Roberts - June 13, 2011

http://youtu.be/9ctC8PSy_Uc

Instrumental version, heard on the end titles of the 1st episode “Broken Bow”, tried out on the opening ones.

Would Simon turn over? :-} :-)

106. Horatio - June 13, 2011

The problem with Enterprise wasn’t its theme song. Ironically, the whole point of the ‘Faith of the Heart’ was to establish that it was a differently type of Trek than its predecessors. Unfortunately the show was nothing more than a rehash of TNG & Voyager. Except for season 4 you would never know that it was suppose to be a prequel.

107. samrock83 - June 13, 2011

Enterprise theme song = lamest thing ever

108. miko - June 13, 2011

I think the theme had potential when it picked up the pace in seasons 3 & 4. And had enterprise continued that theme could have got more exciting as mankind progressed with its future! It could have incorporated a few notes from the TOS theme as a transition from the prequel to kirks era : )

109. Bernd Schneider - June 13, 2011

I still think that Pegg’s stance not to watch the series because he hates the theme song is bigoted. And it’s not worth being discussed here, no matter what everyone may think about it.

And thanks for the deletion.

110. Anthony Pascale - June 13, 2011

Bernd,

I checked and your previous comment was auto-deleted due to profanity. So thank the profanity filter

As for what is and isn’t worth discussing, I will let the fans decide, but apparently lots want to discuss it

111. Bernd Schneider - June 14, 2011

All right. No offense taken.

112. Wes Rawlins - June 30, 2011

I have been a fan of every version of the Star Trek franchise and have waited for Roddenberry’s vision of human consciousness in the future to become reality since watching the very fist series as a kid.

Every incarnation came with a dynamic and inspirational theme song worthy of the vision until Enterprise. For all it’s predecessors I would turn up the volume and revel in the opening visuals and inspirational sound but even though I liked Enterprise and still watch reruns, my finger hovered over the mute button at the beginning of each episode to cut off the disgustingly inappropriate pop song before it ruined the opening visuals, which were great.

I sent an email to the show complaining as apparently many did but apparently they fell on deaf ears. If Enterprise had had a real Star Trek theme I think it would have gone on for several more seasons.

113. Stargirl - July 2, 2011

I kinda liked the Faith of the Heart song at first. It was lonely, yet hopeful, and spoke of all of the things the fledgling crew of a newly space-faring civilization must’ve felt. And then season three started. I was horrified at the crap job they made of a well-established theme song. It sounded like someone had taken a tacky, rock/country beat, straight from his casio keyboard and simply overlaid it onto the existing song. Absolutely horrible. To this day I still cringe in shock every time I hear the opening credits of season 3 and 4 start and begin mashing the fast forward button as fast as I can. I truly think that they slit their own throats when they changed it. They prolly could’ve gotten a few more seasons out of the series had they left it alone, but the new theme song was soo distasteful that it absolutely soured the pallets of most of the audience. Its too bad too. When it ended I was both disappointed that the story was over (and I DON’T forgive them for killing off Tucker, btw) and relieved that the theme song had finally died.

And Stargate had a brilliant idea when they shortened Stargate Atlantis’s opening credits to a supershort clip of the city and logo. Revolutionary! That would’ve solved all of Enterprises song-problems.

114. Mike - July 13, 2011

I like the Enterprise theme just fine, especially with the the opening video.

115. James - August 9, 2011

I’ve heard it said that the show went off the air because of the terrible theme song…with words???….come on….my son sways back and forth with a pretend lighter when it plays…I just mute it and wait.

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117. William Shatner - October 12, 2011

It was the most AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL intro I have ever come across in my life.

It was more like watching an episode of “Neighbours” than watching Star Trek, you really have to wonder what goes through these peoples minds when they make a decision like that.

If you have the windows open at home, you mute the TV just so your not embarrassed by some cheesy awful music playing to passers by…

Im pretty sure that a lot of people wouldn’t watch the show just because of the theme tune, me being one of them. Utter Balls!

118. Harry Mudd - January 10, 2012

I those that hate the theme song are musical idiots and not true fans of the Star Trek Verse.

119. Viddy9 - January 30, 2012

Meh, I don’t like the theme at all, but I’m yet to watch Enterprise and just because the theme is bad, it won’t stop me watching it. On the other hand, Voyager’s theme is amazing!

120. Joel Hilsenrath - March 13, 2012

How ironic. “Where my heart will take me” was certainly different as a Star Trek theme song, it was inspiring.

However, that Star Trek prequel was an abomination to the Star Trek universe. It replaced “Plan 9 From Outer Space” as the worst sci-fi movie ever.

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