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  • James Horner is a genius for knowing when not to bomb us with orchestration. The silence during the climactic chase in the nebula is downright frightening! Which of course makes the actual orchestral bombing all the more satisfying when Enterprise gets the jump on Reliant and the climactic battle begins in earnest.
  • Amazing. Grace. On. The. Bagpipes.
  • They couldn't afford to bring back Jerry Goldsmith for the sequel, so they took a chance on an up-and-comer named James Horner... who proceeded to kick ASS. As Nicholas Meyer would say, he hired James Horner because he couldn't afford Jerry Goldsmith; but by the time they made Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Horner had become so successful that he hired Cliff Eidelman because he couldn't afford Horner.
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  • There are long stretches without music, and the negative space really has an impact too. Of the 113 minute runtime, only 100 minutes have music in them. (The 13 minutes of the score that weren't included in the original soundtrack release were the Genesis Project Film music, and the horror style moments with the Ceti eel and the search of the Reliant.)


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