Today the astronauts on Shuttle Discovery got a special bonus Star Trek wakeup call. We have previously reported that the original Star Trek theme was voted to be one of the final wakeup calls, but that wont be until next week, but this morning NASA sent up the fight song from Amok Time. Take a listen below.
Kroykah! Shuttle Discovery Gets Amok Time Wakeup
On Friday morning (at 4:23a ET), the astronauts on Shuttle Discovery in orbit were woken up to the classic Gerald Fried fight music (“The Ritual/Ancient Battle/2nd Kroykah") from the classic Star Trek episode Amok Time. The music was selected for the crew by their Earthbound training team. Listen to the transmission below.
There is more Star Trek to come for Discovery’s final mission. As previously reported, the original theme to Star Trek was voted as one of two of the final wakeup calls for the NASA shuttle program.
The current plan is for that to be played next Tuesday.
CORRECTION: The Star Trek theme will be played on Monday.
More Amok Time
The “Amok Time” fight music is now in space, but this iconic piece of Star Trek music has been working its way into pop culture for decades. It has shown up on The Simpsons, Futurama, Dexter’s Labratory and more. Here is a clip of the “Amok Time” music in the 1996 comedy "The Cable Guy"
It even features in kittie viral videos, like this one:
Could it work its way into the Star Trek sequel?
Last summer at a TrekMovie screening of Star Trek 2009 I asked composer Michael Giacchino about possibly using more classic Star Trek music stings in the 2012 sequel. I also asked specifically if using the fight music from "Amok Time" might be border on parody (because it has been used in comedies before), and Giacchino replied:
You always want to watch for that, if you do that you are not paying attention to the story…so if it is going to ruin that you don’t do it, but you never know. You might be able to orchestrate it in such a way where it suddenly doesn’t sound like what you are used to hearing, but it still is the same thing. Because that music only sounds funny to us now because we know it as it was so well, but you could do something different with it. Still have the soul of it but do it seriously and without making fun of it.
Thanks to Mike Okuda who helped with this report