When you tune in to to “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” today at 1:15 p.m. ET, we want you to try something: Close your eyes. We know it will be hard to turn away from the action as the crew of the Starship Enterprise battle one of their most hated villains: Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban), a genetically engineered tyrant (and former ruler of much of the Earth during the 1990s) who emerges from his 15-year exile on a mission of revenge against Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner), whom he blames for the death of his wife. Khan has his sights on the Genesis Device, which can reorganize matter to create habitable worlds – or destroy them utterly. So yeah, we get that it will be hard to close your eyes, but we guarantee that it will be worth it. Because once you shut out the visual action you can focus on the brilliant score that accompanies the film.
Composed by James Horner, the score to “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” narrates the action, builds tension and enhances the drama, which is just what a good score is supposed to do. It’s no surprise that the score is so successful, because Horner is a master of his craft. Horner has been nominated for ten Academy Awards for his work, winning Best Original Dramatic Score for “Titanic” and Best Original Song for “My Heart Will Go On” in 1998. He has also won two Golden Globe Awards, three Satellite Awards, three Saturn Awards, and has been nominated for three BAFTA Awards and his contributions to the craft have been honored by the American Film Institute. So even though it’s hard, close your eyes during “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and listen to a master at work.
Here are five of our favorite scores by James Horner.
5. “Field of Dreams”
4. “The Amazing Spiderman”
3. “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”
“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” airs today at 1:15 p.m. ET; Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 AM ET; and Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2:00 AM ET