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  • Jerry Goldsmith's musical score, which invented the Blaster Beam (if you saw Inception, you know what it is).
  • Quite a few of the musical cues in this film would go on to become Star Trek staples. The "Klingon Battle Theme" from the start would go on to become the primary Klingon theme (and Worf's leitmotif), several of the major musical cues would be referenced again and again in later works... and oh yeah, the main theme to the movie became the theme song for Star Trek: The Next Generation, was used as the closing theme for some of the TNG movies, and was also recycled as the opening theme for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
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  • The film score received an Oscar nomination, and one of the most beautiful pieces from the film, "Ilia's Theme", is all but forgotten by most non-Trek fans. In fact, it was played as an overture over a black screen before the film began (much as Ligeti's "Atmospheres" played before 2001: A Space Odyssey.)
  • The soundtrack of Star Trek: First Contact, which Goldsmith also scored, contains what might have been either a Brick Joke, Mythology Gag, or even unrealized Foreshadowing at the end of the main title: the moment that the Borg Cube appears on screen, the same harsh chord that is played over establishing shots of V'Ger can be heard.
  • The La-La Land three-disc expansion is a must, as not only does it provide the complete score for the first time, it's chock full of alternate takes, early versions of several tracks (before Goldsmith came up with a proper theme), a few bonus outtakes, and the original soundtrack album tracks. Throw in a funky disco pop version of the main theme and "A Star Beyond Time", a version of Ilia's Theme with lyrics sung by Shaun Cassidy.
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  • "The Enterprise," the stunning cue that plays during the "Kirk looks at the Enterprise for a thousand years"note  scene, is a Moment of Awesome for both Jerry Goldsmith and the orchestra itself—scoring sessions generally require multiple performances of a track, but they nailed it on the first take. This came after the music was rewritten, as when Goldsmith started the score, they did not yet have a definitive title theme. The original piece had been written with a nautical theme, and would not be completely out of place in a Horatio Hornblower film, but it didn't feel like Star Trek. That said, once they had their theme, they nailed it.

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