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In Topic: Star Wars "Rebels" - Kevin Kiner Returns!

27 March 2015 - 08:26 PM

Looking back now that the first season is over, I think Kiner did a decent job. I noticed fewer obvious Williams references as the season progressed, which was nice, but I still feel like he relied upon Williams’s scores too heavily. I feel like some of his character themes are too derivative (Ezra’s sounds like the opening to “The Battle of Endor,” Zeb’s sounds like “The Basket Game” from Raiders, and Sabine’s sounds like the ticking from the beginning of “The Tusken Camp and The Homestead”), but I liked his theme for the Inquisitor (especially in the finale—that whole episode had a very nice score).

Overall, I wish Kiner would avoid Williams’s themes unless it’s appropriate to use them—more like what he did in The Clone Wars. I liked Kiner’s work in The Clone Wars (it had its ups and downs as well), and I wish he use that style here.

I was reading an issue of Star Wars Insider a few weeks ago and came across an interview with Kiner where he stated that he thought it was “refreshing” to reuse Williams’s themes, and that in the spotting sessions the first thing they do is see what they can pull from Williams’s scores. He also mentioned that he had said basically “everything he wanted to say musically” during the six seasons of The Clone Wars.

I was surprised to read that. In a show full of new characters and situations with plenty of opportunities for new music, how do you run out of things to say?


(I loved the show, though. They improved with every episode. The second half of the season was great, especially once Tarkin showed up. I can't wait for season two!)

In Topic: Star Wars: Rogue One (Gareth Edwards 2016)

27 March 2015 - 07:34 PM

I think that if Williams composed a theme or motif for a character, group, place, or thing (that is, if it's appropriate for the context), it would be acceptable to quote that theme.


It's when Kiner quotes Leia's theme over a scene of Wookiees hugging that gets on my nerves.

In Topic: Star Wars: Rogue One (Gareth Edwards 2016)

27 March 2015 - 05:26 PM

I'm sure this has been suggested already, but what if they kept the opening crawl but changed the music to be the theme of whoever/whatever the main character/group is? Like if we got a Yoda spin-off, it could be the opening crawl version of Yoda's theme, or if we got a Han Solo spin-off, it could be silence.  ;)

In Topic: Michael Giacchino's Jupiter Ascending

26 March 2015 - 03:29 PM

I'm curious to see what the liner notes say!

I absolutely love this score. I put the whole album on shuffle and it's over before I know it--just like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and John Carter. It's just so grand and "epic." Majestic. I love it.

I don't know if Giacchino will be everyone else's "next John Williams," but he is certainly mine.

In Topic: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016 film directed by Bryan Singer)

26 March 2015 - 11:59 AM

Apparently, in the third film, she was with the Brotherhood of Mutants (that's her on the right with the purple hair):

I believe that's actually Psylocke, not Jubilee.