Watch: Warehouse 13 Uses Amok Time Fight Music

This week’s episode of Syfy Warehouse 13 once again dipped into the world of Trek for a gag, this time with the Gerald Fried’s classic fight music from Star Trek’s Amok Time. Watch the clip below.


Warehouse 13 goes Amok

The episode "Don’t Hate the Player" found the Warehouse 13 gang jacked into a video game and they had to fight their way out, and at one point they have some Star Trek music to back them up. Watch it.

Of course Warehouse 13 isn’t the first to use the "Amok Time" fight music ("The Ritual/Ancient Battle/2nd Krokyah"). It has shown up in many TV shows and movies including Futurama, The Simpsons, The Cable Guy, and others. Earlier this year NASA even woke up Shuttle Discovery astronauts with the fight music. 

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August 17, 2011 10:30 am

Saw this and laughed!

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
August 17, 2011 10:44 am

Ok. Bob Orci and the court. Use this music in the next Movie. Come guys. You know you want to.

C Mosenko
August 17, 2011 10:57 am

Maybe the next time my wife and I argue we’ll turn that on. She can have the mop and I can have the broom. :)

August 17, 2011 11:01 am

That’s why I Tweeted it yesterday.

Kirk, James T.
August 17, 2011 11:10 am

@2 – definitely needs to happen! Updated of course just like the original theme for cinema. EPIC.

Brett Campbell
August 17, 2011 11:42 am

How often does the background music to a television series become a pop culture icon?

Lt. Bailey
August 17, 2011 11:49 am

They could not have picked better music than than that!

During the recent ST Con in Vegas, they even had ST music playing in the show at the Carnival Court at the Rio. Not to mention, the Rio had some Star Trek playing on TVs, it was lot complete episodes. I think it was some kind advertsing for DVDs as you had snipets of each episode shown on the monitors in McFaddens bar….where they served ST drinks just like Quarks did at STTE.

August 17, 2011 12:52 pm

You can’t beat the music from old TV shows, most shows today play some generic music that doesn’t add anything to the show you are watching.
A good part of the Trek experience was the music which put you in the story.

Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup
August 17, 2011 12:52 pm


Yes, absolutely!

August 17, 2011 1:14 pm

My request for this music to be used was asked of Mr. Giachinno through TrekMovie and his response that he would consider it!

Harry Ballz
August 17, 2011 1:27 pm



August 17, 2011 2:58 pm

Saw this too, thought it was great.

Keachick (rose pinenut)
August 17, 2011 3:12 pm

Did I see a touch of the Lord of the Rings in there as well at the end?…:)

August 17, 2011 3:33 pm

It’s cool to see TOS still getting homages!

August 17, 2011 5:40 pm

I agree with #2 – Bob and The Supremes really ought to dip into TOS soundtrack material. The ‘alternate’ time line ain’t so alternate that it necessitates a completely new score from beginning to end, IMO, and TOS music is some of the most famous and well-liked (not to mention recycled LOL) TV audio in history. I’d personally love to hear a little ‘Doomsday Machine’ snippet in the background when the Enterprise inevitably has to go into apply-boot-to-ass mode in the next movie.

August 17, 2011 5:52 pm

just met mclinick at star trek vegas he was pretty cool to talk to

Brett Campbell
August 17, 2011 6:42 pm

11 – You did indeed, and if any LotR fans take a quiz on that and can’t answer that question, well then “none shall pass!”

(Inserts earplugs against groans and “boos”; dodges hurled rotten vegetables.)

August 17, 2011 8:18 pm

2, 4, 8, 9,13. Although (IMO) it didn’t work when they tried to insert some in TMP (that DAH-daaaa! – when V’Ger destroyed the space station, and a bit from the main/closing theme while, I think, Kirk was doing a log entry). It was kind of jarring, compared to the rest of the TMP score. Later movie scores used those notes from the opening theme well, though.

It’s been used quite a bit in comedy, no? The Cable Guy stands out. And I’m sure I’ve heard it elsewhere.

I’m kind of hoping for a mostly original score in the next one. Unless, they can integrate some of this stuff without it sounding hokey. I may be the only guy here who liked the Trek 09 score.

I was trying to find the proper name for the famous opening bit to the theme, and found this – Snopes saying Roddenberry made up lyrics to the theme so he could get half of Courage’s royalties. I’d never heard that story before, strangely (although I remember seeing the lyrics on some sheet music, years ago).

A Trek Fan from Way Back...
August 17, 2011 10:16 pm

Was watching Warehouse 13 and this scene came on with the “Amok Time” fight music… I literally yelled to my wife in the other room, “Honey…they are using background music from the original Star Trek!” It was a great surprise . Alas…. my wife’s response was, “so?”. A Trek fan, she ain’t. LOL

Buzz Cagney
August 17, 2011 10:23 pm

Its been done before. Nothing new to see here, please move along.

Great music though and I also hope to hear it, if only hinted at, in the next movie. Whenever that might be!

August 18, 2011 5:49 am

I loved it…I was even able to one-up my two boys who guessed correctly it was Trek music but were sooooooo wrong about what Trek scene it was from but I got it right!! lol

August 18, 2011 8:24 am

And LOTR – “You shall not pass!”

Fargalf. :D

August 18, 2011 10:22 am

The sequel? That’ll never be made.

Orb of the Emissary
August 18, 2011 10:42 am

#2- I am in full agreement.

August 18, 2011 3:13 pm

Fan boy joy ;-) Too cool!

August 20, 2011 6:51 am

#2 – agreed. I’m sure Giacchino (or whoever ends up composing the score) could be convinced to use it.

This Is Me
August 20, 2011 9:51 am

None of the TREK series beats TOS for memorable music.

Dr. What
August 20, 2011 7:17 pm

I recently re-watched the movie “A-Team”. In it there’s a scene where the “inmates” of a mental institution play a movie, and in the opening credit is the name “Reginald Barclay”.

Of course, Dwight Schultz who play Barclay on TNG and Voy was also “Murdoch” on the original A-Team TV show.


August 21, 2011 10:42 am

Actually “none shall pass” originally came from this little group of geniuses.


Captain Robert April
August 21, 2011 1:22 pm

All right, we’ll call it a draw.

August 22, 2011 8:35 am

Star Trek Online used this music too, it was great

Keachick (rose pinenut)
August 22, 2011 2:26 pm

#29 Sorry, not correct. The words used in this video clip is “You shall not pass!” This comes directly from JRR Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring part of the trilogy of books called Lord of the Rings.

In the Fellowship of the Ring movie, it relates to the scene in the mines of Moria (Hall of the Dwarves) at the bridge of Khazad dum where the wizard Gandalf confronts the Balrog by shouting the words “You shall not pass!” and then strikes the bridge with the end of his staff. The Balrog then swings his whip, wrapping it around Gandalf’s legs and dragging him to the end of the bridge. At this point, Gandalf yells out to the others, “Fly, you fools!”.

These words comes directly from the book. It is also obvious from the spoof video that the end part was relating to this scene in the movie. Even the music changes from the Star Trek Amok Time music to the kind of music heard in the LOTR movies.

Great 49 second spoof on two different story lines…:)

Red Dead Ryan
August 22, 2011 2:36 pm


“At this point, Gandalf yells out to the others, “Fly, you fools!”.

Sorry, not correct.

He actually says, “Run, you fools!”.

Keachick (rose pinenut)
August 22, 2011 11:53 pm
Quoting from the book The Fellowship of the Ring, the chapter called The Bridge of Khazad-Dum: “You cannot pass”, he (Gandalf) said… “I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udun. Go back to the shadow! You cannot pass.” Further on the same page of the chapter, Gandalf repeats the words, “You cannot pass”. Then finally, and I quote again: “With a terrible cry the Balrog fell forward, and its shadow plunged down and vanished. But even as it fell it swung its whip, and thongs lashed and curled about the wizard’s knees, dragging him to the brink. He staggered and fell, grasped vainly at the stone, and slid into the abyss. ‘Fly, you fools!’ he cried, and was gone.” In the movie, they combined the several “You cannot pass” commands into the one “You cannot pass” and then the more dramatic “You shall not pass!” Gandalf, just before he falls into the abyss, yells to the others standing on the bridge, ‘FLY, you fools!” I have just this minute watched that entire scene. Originally I actually thought it was “Run, you fools!” until my better half told me otherwise. In the scene also, Gandalf (Ian McKellan) says, word for literal word, the words of the first quote above. Most of the LOTR dialogue is lifted straight from the Tolkien books, because the three screenplay writers, Phillipa Boyens, Fran Walshe and Peter… Read more »
August 23, 2011 8:07 pm

The best part for me is that they used the original recording, and not just some re-recorded version!

September 4, 2011 5:03 pm

That music is so iconic, I think of it as “the Star Trek fight theme”. I had to pull up a couple of episodes before I was convinced they only used it that once.