Does the Star Trek: Discovery Theme Live Up to the Original?

It's almost time to return to the world of Star Trek, but first we need the music that will transport us to the final frontier.

CBS All Access revealed a behind the scenes featurette around the theme song for the new series, Star Trek: Discovery, composed by Jeff Russo. The video shows Russo composing the theme with a full orchestra and features Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman explaining how the iconic theme from the Original Series inspired Discovery's intro.

The hints of Alexander Courage's original work is definitely there in the opening and the final notes with the trumpets signaling a journey to where "no man has gone before." However, the new theme is updated for 2017. The original score featured a woodwinds, whimsical sounding bridge -- indicating more light hearted adventure. The new theme brings it back to the string instruments for the bridge, relying more heavily on the cello and upright bass to deliver a sinister version.

Here's the original for comparison.

Which one do you prefer? Vote in our poll below!

Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sunday, Sept. 24 on CBS before moving exclusively to CBS All Access.

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This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Sep 16, 2017
No. Generic and no hook.
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Sep 12, 2017
It's a little too similar to the original. The Next Generation, DS9, and Voyager all had similar orchestral music but was still its own thing. At least it's not like Enterprise and they learned lyrics don't beling in a Star Trek theme.
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Sep 13, 2017
I was going to vote up your comment until I got to your final sentence. I'll take "My Heart Will Go On" over "Archer's Theme" or the DS9 theme. But how is TNG's theme its "own thing"? It's the theme song to Star Trek: The Motion Picture with opening of the original theme tacked on.
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Sep 12, 2017
The show being exclusively online is reason enough for me to give it a pass. I don't even think online shows should be eligible for Emmys, any more than TV shows should be eligible for Oscars. Also, why does the theme have to take cues from the original theme? Voyager is probably my favorite of the Star Trek themes (after Star Trek First Contact).

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Sep 12, 2017
And if shows can't win accolades then what's the point?
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Sep 12, 2017
To expose people to the advertisements during segments maybe, since it's apparently harder to shuttle through them online than when watching a DVR'ed show on an actual TV..
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Sep 12, 2017
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