Star Trek Brings Back Classic Rock (Not The Beastie Boys)

Star Trek: Prodigy used AC / DC’s “Thunderstruck” during Kobayashi Maru, reinforcing rock music’s canonical place in Star Trek that JJ Abrams began.

Warning: SPOILERS for Star Trek: Prodigy Episode 6 – “Kobayashi”.

Episode 6 of Star Trek: Prodigy brought back a classic rock song, though it wasn’t JJ Abrams ‘Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” Star trek movies. In Star Trek: Prodigy episode 6, “Kobayashi”, Dal R’El (Brett Gray) entered the holodeck of the USS Protostar to pass the Kobayashi Maru test, with the help of the holograms of Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols ), Odo (Rene Auberjonois), Dr Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) and Scotty (James Doohan). Although it took Dal over a hundred tries, he ultimately solved the winless storyline with a little inspiration from a popular heavy metal song from Earth.


Star Trek: Prodigy takes place at the end of the 24th century and there has long been a controversy over the inclusion of 20th and 21st century pop music in the saga. At the beginning of Star trek 2009, the young James T. Kirk (Jimmy Bennett) steals his father-in-law’s car and goes for a ride, blowing up the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage”. While this is a fun scene, many longtime Trekkers took issue with the choice of including a contemporary rock song in the film. Still, “Sabotage” was certainly memorable and the Beastie Boys’ “cool factor” increased. Star trekThe mission of bringing the venerable sci-fi franchise to a new cinematic audience. Amusing, Star Trek Beyond resurrected “Sabotage” when Captain Kirk’s crew (Chris Pine) detonated it during their decisive space battle against the Swarm. Kirk is even hilariously unmoved, “It’s a good choice” a nod to the cover of the Beastie Boys hit from his youth.

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When Dal finally broke the secret to beating the Kobayashi Maru in Star Trek: Prodigy Episode 6, he detonated AC / DC’s “Thunderstruck” to distract the Klingons. After many failures and being “exploded so many times” Dal realized that the only way to beat the winless scenario was to use “chaos,” and Earth’s heavy metal track was the perfect audio accompaniment to the chaos unleashed by Dal. Playing “Thunderstruck” not only crippled the Klingons’ ability to strike back, but for audiences the classic rock song also enhanced the sheer enjoyment of. Star Trek: ProdigyThe iconic Star Trek crossover dream. If Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk was part of the Kobayashi Maru, it’s easy to imagine he would have been happy with Dal’s tactics and song choice.

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Dal playing AC / DC “Thunderstruck” at the highest volume on the deck of the USS Enterprise-D also raised eyebrows, especially considering how Star Trek: The Next Generation was in terms of music. TNG‘s Enterprise succeeded Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), who preferred higher pursuits like reading Shakespeare, archeology, and operas, although Picard later revealed a surprising love for driving vehicles. all-terrain in Star Trek: Nemesis. Yet 20th-century rock music was never heard on the Enterprise-D, which performed classical recitals or Commander Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes) playing jazz.

TNGand Star Trek: The Original Series before her, was loath to include contemporary music, which perpetuated the idea that humans of the 23rd and 24th centuries no longer listened to rock. In Star Trek: First ContactIn 21st century scenes in Boseman, Montana, Zephram Cochrane (James Cromwell) liked to get drunk while listening to Roy Orbison’s “Ooby Dooby”, and the idea behind it was that Cochrane was a caveman compared to evolved Starfleet. of the 24th century Officers of the USS Enterprise-E. However, JJ Abrams Star trek films using the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” have twice reversed the script to establish rock music’s place in Star Trek canon. It’s fun to see Star Trek: Prodigy Take up the torch by securing Dal Kobayashi Maru’s victory over the AC / DC classic, “Thunderstruck”.

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