Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast

Melodic Treks is a podcast dedicated entirely to the music of Star Trek. Host Brandon-Shea Mutala explores the themes, orchestral scores, and incidental compositions that bring Star Trek episodes and films to life, as well as the composers, singers and musicians behind the sounds.


episode 95: Lifted From a Missing TOS Episode

"Code of Honor."
Considered by many to be one of the worst episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the first season episode "Code of Honor" portrays a planet of black people with many of the negative stereo types that have been associated with African culture on film and in literature. Fred Steiner, know to Star Trek fans as the composer of several original episodes, including "Charlie X," "What Are Little Girls Made Of?," "The Corbomite Maneuver," and "Balance of Terror," composed only one episode of The Next Generation. The score is filled with many familiar elements such as muted horns and stand up bass, however, the producers considered the music to be too "retro."

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by trombonist Lance Laster to discuss the episode and the music of the episode "Code of Honor." We discuss racism, interpretations, muted trumpets and trombones, Fred Steiner, and weather or not this could be the score to a missing episode of TOS.

Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:01) 
A Trombonist (00:02:43) 
The Episode (00:11:10) 
Fred Steiner (00:23:30) 
The Music (00:27:18) 
"Bronze Horse/To the Holodeck/Snatch Natasha" (00:29:09) 
"Officer's Log/Competition" (00:35:21) 
"Chez Lutan/Lutan's Honor/The Centerpiece/Yareena Upset/Combat Ready/Htching a Plan/Code of Honor Again" (00:38:28) 
"Deadly Blow/She Lives/Poor Lutan/Mission Accomplished" (00:43:57)   
Closing (00:51:53)
Brandon-Shea Mutala
Lance Laster
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)


 2018-11-27  55m