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Star Trek: Far out theme music since 1966

Star Trek: Far out theme music since 1966 (photo)

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A spaceship left Earth yesterday at 1:01:56 pm (central time). I found a few minutes to marvel at this and read NASA updates between bouts of rudimentary file upload tech problems the likes of which even the lowest ensign on board the Enterprise could lick in seconds, in a vacuum, with Klingon disruptors melting his keypad. But I’m a fool.

So, pretend drunk on Romulan ale I shuttled off to see “Star Trek,” which has always had a special place in my multi-cultural, desire for a better, united Human race heart. And I’ve always loved the music. I used to watch re-runs of the original series with my older brother in the basement and my “cool” older sister would come down to make fun of us. Like Gene Roddenberry, she made up lyrics to the theme song, but hers began, “You are weiiird, and sooo am I!”

You don’t need to own a Klingon/English dictionary or have a TNG uniform hanging in your closet (one of my best friends wears a red Picard one about town, grocery shopping, DJing, sipping espresso outside) to recognize the theme song from the Star Trek films. Jerry Goldsmith’s (“Alien,” “Poltergeist,” “Basic Instinct”) original composition from the first 1979 film, “Star Trek:The Motion Picture” is unmistakable. Though only a real Trekkie would know the difference between that score and the main theme for the long running second TV series, “The Next Generation,” which uses essentially the same composition.

Themes from the Star Trek films, 1979-2009

All the films inbetween and since borrow from or incorporate Goldsmith’s composition somewhere, in fact he scored four of the subsequent films. Of course, it all began with the original TV series theme song, penned by one Alexander Courage, whom Goldsmith frequently employed as his orchestrator. And I think it’s the best.

Original series theme. Listen, those little percussive bongo bursts are tough. My sister’s lyrics work well with the orchestration, try em out.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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