Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast
60: A Quote Unquote Halloween Episode

Star Trek has had a huge impact on pop culture throughout its 50 years. Many episodes have become a gold standard of television making, tackling issues of human interest and societal taboos. It has dealt with subjects such as love, death, sexuality, racism, racial and gender equality, and many more. Some episodes have even made lists of "Best episodes of television ever". And then there are episodes that fall short of the high bar that Star Trek is known for.  Some episodes miss the bar by a small amount, and others don't even come close to getting off the ground. One episode that sometimes shows up on worst of Trek lists is "Catspaw," the first episode produced for season two of the original Star Trek.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Adam Drosin, co-host of Saturday Morning Trek, to discuss the episode "Catspaw" and its music composed by Gerald Fried.  Adam is one who champions and supports "Catspaw" with love, as a personal favorite episode, not deserving of its not-so-stellar reputation. So turn on a bright light and lock the doors as we dive into the spooky side of Trek.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contests (00:01:25) 
"Wand-Breaking/The Prototypes/Five to Beam Up" (00:04:40) 
The Star Trek High Bar of Excellence (00:05:31) 
Initial Impressions (00:08:40) 
Robert Bloch and The Old Ones (00:13:45) 
Gerald Fried (00:15:27) 
A Stanley Kubrick Tangent (00:16:02) 
Back to Gerald (00:19:24) 
Spooky and Off Kilter: The Music of "Catspaw" (00:21:26) 
"Starship/Captain Kirk" (00:23:52) 
"Thicker Fog/Witches" (00:26:39) 
A Tangent on Fear and Horror Movie Scores (00:29:25) 
"Bones the Zombie" (00:33:39) 
"Giant Cat" (00:35:20) 
Tracked with Fried's Music (00:37:33) 
"Cooking Lesson/Force Field" (00:40:00) 
"Fog Storm/Castle/Second Castle" (00:42:45) 


All music from "Catspaw," composed by Gerald Fried 


Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Adan Drosin

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art Creator)

Direct download: mt-060.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am MST


Irwin Allen's Lost In Space with Marc Cushman.

Regarded by many as the most thorough account of the production of Star Trek, Marc Cushman's three volumes of These are the Voyages chronicle every aspect of the difficulties behind the cameras for Gene Roddenberry and the other contributors to the show. Now, Marc has written another book on a production that is in many was an older sibling to Star Trek, Irwin Allen's Lost in Space. Launching a full year prior, in 1965, this show had many of the same difficulties as Star Trek did, including the production of a pilot episode that was later edited into other episodes.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Marc Cushman, author of These are the Voyages, to discuss his new book, Irwin Allen's Lost In Space, writing the episode "Sarek," and his five favorite Star Trek scores.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Feedback (00:01:33) 
Two Contests (00:04:23) 
"Main Title" (from Lost in Space, composed by J. Williams) (00:08:18) 
Irwin Allen's Lost in Space (00:09:12) 
Second Pilots and Competing Creators (00:13:15) 
"The Great Vegetable Rebellion" (00:25:26) 
"Sarek" (00:33:05) 
"Logging/Solution/Mind Meld/Angstosity/Back To Reality/Goodbyes" (from "Sarek," composed by D. McCarthy) (00:50:49) 
The List of Five (00:54:19) 
"Spock's Arrival" (from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:55:23) 
"Fesarius/Fesarius Approaches" (from "The Corbomite Maneuver," composed by F. Steiner) (00:58:51) 
"A Clue/Finnegan's Return/The Leg Trick/Dirt Trick" (from "Shore Leave," composed by G. Fried) (01:02:23) 
"Ritual/To The Death" (from "Amok Time," composed by G. Fried) (01:05:13) 
"The Right Button/Death Of Miramanee/End" (from "The Paradise Syndrome," composed by G. Fried) (01:10:55) 
Upcoming for Marc (01:19:32) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Marc Cushman

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art Creator)

Direct download: mt-059.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 4:00am MST

58: Michael Rogers' Neighborhood

Five Favorites and Score Trek With Michael Rogers.

With the technological marvels of the modern computer age, fans of Star Trek have many avenues in which to express their fandom. Some of these include podcasting, writing stories or comics, creating fan films, setting up encyclopedic websites, and cosplaying. Sometimes fandom will inspire service of other fans by providing and managing forums for the discussion of common interests.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Michael Rogers, one of the moderators for the Facebook page "Score Trek: A Star Trek Music Appreciation Page," to discuss the fan page that is dedicated to the music of Star Trek. We also explore his five favorite tracks as well as a few runners up to his list.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Feedback on the Feedback (00:01:17) 
"To Live Forever" (from Star Trek: Generations, composed by D. McCarthy) (00:05:56) 
Cold Weather (00:07:32) 
Score Trek (00:09:19) 
Early Fandom (00:14:00) 
Runners Up (00:16:59) 
The List of Five (00:21:56) 
"Apollo's Kiss/Apollo's Storm/Final Battle" (from "Who Mourns for Adonais?," composed by F. Steiner) (00:24:52) 
"The Force Field" (from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:31:20) 
"Genesis Destroyed" (from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, composed by J. Horner) (00:37:05) 
"Tasha's Goodbye" (from "Skin of Evil," composed by R. Jones) (00:42:58) 
"Not Alone" (from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:47:47) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Michael Rogers

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: mt-058.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 4:00am MST

57: Eliciting Emotions

Five Favorites With Alec Peters.

A fan of Star Trek since it first aired in September of 1966, Alec Peters has done an amazing feat by changing the way society sees an independent film production. Crowdfunding through  Kick Starter and other sites have resulted in approximately $1.15 million raised to produce his film, Axanar. However, a law suit by CBS in December of 2015 put this production to a halt.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Alec Peters, the star, writer, and producer of Axanar, to discuss the current situation of his film, our favorite episodes of each Star Trek series, the Cardassians, and Alec's five favorite tracks from the Star Trek franchise. Brandon-Shea also reads several pieces of listener feedback.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Feedback (00:01:28) 
News (00:17:35) 
"Captain April/The Burden of Leadership" (from Prelude to Axanar, composed by A. Bornstein) (00:20:54) 
The State of Axanar (00:22:59) 
Early Fandom (00:40:06) 
Five Favorites (00:51:21) 
"Enterprising Young Men" (from Star Trek, composed by M. Giacchino) (00:55:00) 
"Battle in the Mutara Nebula" (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, composed by J. Horner) (00:59:07) 
"Kirk Saves the Day" (from Star Trek: Generations, composed by D. McCarthy) (01:06:02) 
"Home Again and End Credits" (from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, composed by L. Rosenman) (01:12:19) 
"Main Title" (from Star Trek: First Contact, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:16:32) 
"The Journal/Federation's Future" (from Prelude to Axanar, composed by A. Bornstein) (01:21:28) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Alec Peters

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman Lao (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: mt-057.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 5:00am MST

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