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If you know sci-fi, then you know that there is a large difference between Star Wars and Star Trek. In fact, true fans would never even dare bring the two up in the same conversation. It's basically forbidden. It is one of those unwritten rules that is set in stone. However, it looks like for the first time, it will have to be done.

For those who don't know, Rogue One, the newly released Star Wars movie, is the first live-action film to not have music composed by .

John Williams [Credit: The Boston Pops]
John Williams [Credit: The Boston Pops]

He scored The Force Awakens, and is set to compose the music for Episode VIII, but for some reason, did not return for Rogue One. That job went to Oscar Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino.

Giacchino is known for composing newer movies including: Up, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Jurassic World. One of the biggest set of movies he worked on were, of course, the new Star Trek movies. Giacchino brought a new style to the movies that only enhanced what made the movies so good. And so, Giacchino is the link between and the new movies.

If you were one of the few to stay for the entirety of the credits to Rogue One, you got a bit of a special treat. Throughout the whole movie, you had almost all new music including in the credits themselves. However, in both the beginning and towards the end of the credits, a familiar tune can be heard. It is the nearly exact same music that plays in the credits of A New Hope. Now, all of the Star Wars movie have transitioned into the credits with the same screen wipe, and the same music.

It is a bit of a surprise that a spin-off from the episodic franchise would include those exact same things, when it left out one of the most iconic parts of any Star Wars movie: the title crawl at the beginning. But alas, they left this piece in. You can listen to it down below. To hear the similarities, start at 1:45, then go until about 2:17, then transition to 5:09 until the end.

This is not the first time that Giacchino has borrowed themes. In fact, the other time he did just so happened to be in 2009's Star Trek. Like Rogue One, Giacchino's music offered a new style of music to the franchise. It didn't sound much like anything from any of the Star Trek series, but as soon as the credits started rolling, fans were given a major treat. You can check it out down below.

What Giacchino did throughout Star Trek was introduce fans to a whole new set of music. In an interview, he claimed that he didn't want fans to experience the same old music; it wouldn't feel special that way. By introducing fans to new music and then introducing the classic themes, it makes it feel even more special. Not only that, but he mixed the classic theme song with the new theme song.

This is exactly what Giancchino did in Rogue One as well. He introduced brand new, great music, and held out until the very end to provide that last bit of fan service we didn't even know we wanted (or needed). By mixing the classic with the new, Giancchino was successfully able to make his mark on both franchises.


In conclusion, what Michael Giancchino did was successfully create a system that worked so well that it was able to unite two of the biggest franchises of all time. It could have been a complete coincidence, but I would like to think that Giancchino knew what he was doing when he wrote this music. After all, as Qui-Gon Jinn said in The Phantom Menace:

"Nothing happens by accident."

Check out some other things you might have missed the first time you watched Rogue One below:

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So what do you think? Do you like the similarities in music style between the two movies? Did you even know who Michael Giacchino was before this? Let me know your thoughts down below.


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