Star Trek 2009 Movie Score Cues
Linking the tracks from the soundtrack by Michael Giacchino to the Star Trek movie released in May 2009
When I listen to a soundtrack, especially for a movie I really enjoyed, I like to be able to match the music to the specific scene in the movie it comes from. So I figured, hey, why not share my odd obsessions with everyone else?
This is still a work in progress. I hope to get more detail on my next viewing of the movie, and of course iron it all out with the DVD. (If you find this sort of thing interesting, you might also want to check out my breakdown of the Transformers score.)
*** Added on 2/9/10 - The DVD has been out for quite a while now, of course, but I haven't gotten around to updating this with more detail. Hopefully I will soon.
Please send any comments, questions, corrections, additions and other quibbles to email@example.com. If you can help me out or set me straight I'd appreciate it.
1. Star Trek (1:01)
The heroic theme of the movie. This was played during the production company sequences at the very beginning, and ends just as the movie starts.
2. Nailin' The Kelvin (2:09)
Nero's attack on the Kelvin at the beginning of the movie.
- The track begins just after the Kelvin's captain is killed on the Narada (Nero's ship).
- At :53, when the music gets a little quieter, are the scenes where George Kirk is talking to his wife as she's on the way to the medical shuttle.
- I think that around 1:14 is when the autopilot is destroyed, and that 1:40 is when Kirk calls the shuttle and tells it to take off without him.
3. Labor Of Love (2:52)
This track begins after George Kirk tells his wife he won't be coming, and continues through to his death.
- The first minute or so of the track plays while the other sounds in the movie are faded out.
- The ascending broken chords you hear starting at :40 play while you see George Kirk fighting the Narada to keep the shuttles safe.
- At about 1:14 systems fail and Kirk sets a collision course.
- The music builds up to the collision at about 2:35.
4. Hella Bar Talk (1:56)
This track begins after Captain Pike's conversation with Jim Kirk in the bar following the fight, as Pike stands up, and continues until Kirk boards the shuttle at Riverside Shipyards.
- At :30 the scene cuts from Kirk thinking in the bar to his motorcycle ride.
- At :54 you see the Enterprise under construction at the shipyard.
- At 1:10, when the drums come in, the scene cuts to Kirk riding through the shipyard.
- The track ends as he gets on the shuttle.
5. Enterprising Young Men (2:40)
This track covers the scene of the cadets boarding the Enterprise.
- It begins as the shuttles head toward the spacedock.
- At :38, with a dramatic statement of the theme, we get our first view of the Enterprise herself.
- When the music changes at 1:10 the scene cuts to Kirk and McCoy walking through the crowd, ducking away to avoid Spock, then we follow Spock into the turbolift.
- At around 1:30 Spock arrives on the bridge and we see the preparations for leaving.
- At 2:24 all the starships prepare for warp, and the track ends as they all (except Enterprise) disappear.
The beginning of this track is also used during the Star Trek title sequence after the attack on the Kelvin.
6. Nero Sighted (3:23)
This begins after the Enterprise comes out of warp above Vulcan into the debris of the other Federation ships.
- The track starts when they first see the Narada, Nero's ship.
- At 1:22 Nero notices that it's the Enterprise and stops attacking.
- At about 2:26 Pike has to face going aboard Nero's ship.
- Nero's theme at 2:55 plays as the shuttle leaves the Enterprise.
7. Nice To Meld You (3:14)
I haven't been able to place most of this track. It's not all one sequential scene. I believe that the end, from 2:20-2:40 on, is when Spock Prime is marooned and forced to watch as Vulcan is destroyed. I don't have a clue about the first part of the track.
8. Run And Shoot Offense (2:05)
Again, this seems to be pieced together from different scenes, and I can't place any of it for sure. I think that some, if not all of it, may be from when Kirk and Spock beam onto the Narada.
9. Does It Still Mcfly (2:03)
This track begins when Kirk and Spock find Spock Prime's ship on the Narada.
- At :18 we see them walking through the ship.
- At :42 Spock accuses Kirk of witholding information, and mentions the odds of their success.
- At 1:06 Spock sits down in the rotating chair.
- At 1:21 the ship takes off.
- I think 1:45 is Kirk sneaking through the ship.
10. Nero Death Experience (5:39)
This track is interesting, because a couple bits were stuck together in a different sequence from the movie - probably because it sounded better that way - and another couple bits I couldn't place at all. It covers the scenes of Kirk facing the Romulans on the Narada and Spock flying the future-ship.
- Up to :41 there's a scene with Kirk.
- At about 1:00 Spock shoots his way out of the Narada, at about 1:25 he shoots down the drill and it falls.
- At 1:48 we're back to Kirk, I think while Nero's strangling him.
- At about 2:14 Spock talks to Nero, then goes to warp at about 2:44.
- At 2:54 the Narada goes to warp to follow.
- After that I'm not sure until 3:50, which is Spock facing Nero's missiles.
- At 3:57 the Enterprise appears and shoots the missiles down, though the music in the movie is slower.
- At 4:11 we skip backward to the scene of Kirk being hung over the edge by Nero's henchman.
- At 4:20 Kirk shoots the henchman and climbs back onto the platform. (The ascending broken chords here are an interesting echo of the music from when his father faced Nero.)
- At 4:36 I'm not sure again.
- At 4:57 Kirk has Captain Pike and hails the Enterprise to beam them out.
- At around 5:17 we see the explosions on the Narada from Spock's ship colliding with it.
- At 5:24 we cut to the Enterprise's transporter pad and see that they were beamed away safely.
11. Nero Fiddles, Narada Burns (2:34)
The track begins immediately after Kirk, Pike and Spock are beamed back to the Enterprise.
- From :19 - 1:28 I'm not sure exactly where it matches up.
- Around 1:28 the Enterprise starts to fire on the Narada as its caught in the forming black hole.
- At 1:38 the music is played in the movie with only vocals, no other instruments, as we see scenes of the Narada being destroyed.
- At 1:50 the other instruments come in.
- At 2:10 the Enterprise tries to warp away and, at 2:20, fails.
12. Back From Black (1:00)
This is the Enterprise's escape from the black hole.
- At :14 they succeed in breaking away, pushed by the explosion.
- At :26 we see everyone's reactions.
13. That New Car Smell (4:46)
The track begins as the movie cuts to scenes of the Academy.
- At :30 Spock meets Spock.
- Around 1:50 Spock is reassessing his decision to leave Starfleet.
- About 2:10 we go to the ceremony for Kirk.
- Around 2:40 he relieves Admiral Pike.
- At 3:02 the crowd applauds the new captain.
- From 3:20 to 3:44 the music does not match what's in the movie.
- At 3:44 we go to the bridge of the Enterprise as they prepare to leave.
- At 4:09 Spock comes aboard.
- From 4:14 to the end, the music is again different from the movie.
14. To Boldly Go (0:27)
This is, of course, played under Spock's voiceover of the famous "These are the voyages..."
15. End Credits (9:11)
This is a wonderful compilation of themes, an excellent reason to sit through the entire credits of the movie.
(As an aside, whoever came up with some of these track names should either be congratulated or slapped with a rubber chicken. I'm having a hard time deciding.)