Jerry Goldsmith “An Angry God” Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
The one redeeming aspect of The Final Frontier, by far the schlockiest and least-well-received of all Star Trek films, was the score by Jerry Goldsmith. The scene that plays under the opening credits is of Captain Kirk scaling El Capitan in Yellowstone National Park, one of the first times in the franchise’s run that we see a major character on, well, his or her “day off.” (Indeed, minutes later we see Kirk, Spock and McCoy roasting “marshmelons” on what’s ultimately a failed camping trip.)
The rest of the film is equally silly, with our heroic trio ultimately battling the movie’s villain - a false “God” - with Kirk smartassedly inquiring “What does God need with a starship?”
Goldsmith’s themes in this film - apart from the famous motif which he wrote for the first cinematic Trek - are a soaring achievement that melodically hints at his scores for Voyager (1995) and First Contact (1996) years later.