“Amok Time” (Season 2, Episode 1)
How could Gerald Fried’s unforgettable score for Star Trek’s first trip to the planet Vulcan not top a list of his contributions to the series?
The score’s centerpiece is, naturally, the driving and pulsing “fight music” that accompanies Kirk and Spock’s duel to the (supposed) death. It quickly became the go-to fight music in TOS, but few fans can think of anything but “Amok Time” when they hear it. But Fried also gives us moody, brooding music on what sounds like the electric guitar as Spock suffers the blood fever.
Even had he scored only “Amok Time” and no other episode, Fried’s contribution to Star Trek would be immeasurably valuable. Composer Michael Giacchino briefly quoted Fried’s fight music as the Kelvin Timeline’s Spock chases down and pummels Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. And composer Nami Melumad used the fight music in the Strange New Worlds episode “Spock Amok,” as Spock fights himself in a dream sequence.
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