It all began 20 years ago, in Jerry Goldsmith was hired to compose the score to Star Trek: The Motion Picture , the theatrical adaptation of the cult television show of the same name. The theme he wrote for that score was so memorable that it would be used in another television show 8 years laters, and be reprised in 3 more films. The latest of those films, Star Trek: Insurrection finds the crew of the Enterprise-E facing potential treason as they go against the orders of the Federation to help a community of people facing annihilation or relocation. Not as heavy on the action, but heavy on the personal relationships between the characters, Insurrection needed a score which was more emotional than brash, and it more or less succeeded.
The first and one of the most influential Star Trek film scores, Jerry Goldsmith 's introduction to the Star Trek universe is by many considered to be one of the composer's finest works - an effort acknowledged by an Academy Award nomination in Goldsmith's The Motion Picture takes the now standard sweeping orchestral fanfares and twists them into deep science fiction compositions, comparable to his own experimental stylings for the original Planet of the Apes. The key element to this infusion of style, bordering on bizarre, is the utilization of the "Blaster Beam" - a large, metallic instrument, heard first during the Klingon battle and underscoring V'Ger and its mechanical nature.