It’s hard to complain about Jeff Russo’s score for Star Trek: Discovery. The theme is beautiful, blending the old and the new and setting the tone for the entire series. But it’s fun to think about what could have been when it comes to the music of the new show, and now we have a glimpse into that thanks to composer Cliff Eidelman.
Eidelman, who composed the score for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, was invited by Bryan Fuller to write a theme for the show, on the recommendation of Nicholas Meyer (who is a consulting producer on the show and directed The Undiscovered Country). Eidelman detailed the process on a Facebook Live video chat this week, which you can see on his Facebook page.
“When I came in [Bryan] described what they were doing, and he was so interested in me possibly scoring this series, he asked me if I would write a theme,” he says in the video. “So I went ahead, and I was encouraged and thought this was going to happen, and I would love to get back into doing another Star Trek series.” He also wrote a second piece of music on encouragement from Fuller.
After Fuller took a step back from Discovery, though (he is no longer the showrunner but still is listed as an executive producer for the series), those in charge decided to go in a different direction for the series’ score. Eidelman wasn’t quite done with these particular pieces of music, though. He built on what he’d written and released an EP called Into the Unknown, which was released earlier this month. You can listen to it on Spotify or buy the album at Amazon or iTunes and think about what might have been for Star Trek: Discovery.