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Star Trek: Discovery’s theme song pays tribute to Star Treks past

And it doesn’t have lyrics

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

CBS is wetting the whistles of Star Trek fans by revealing Star Trek: Discovery’s new theme music, which contains several references to the famous opening theme of Star Trek: The Original Series. Notably, it is also a return to a orchestral score rather than the reviled choice of a pop-ballad for the theme of 2001’s Star Trek: Enterprise.

The theme song can be heard in the video above, beginning proper at the 0:36 mark.

Fans have already been waiting nearly a decade for Star Trek to return to the small screen, its place of origin. Discovery will bringing audiences back to the 23rd century, about ten years before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series, to follow the exploits of Star Fleet officers as they explore the majesty and dangers of the Milky Way.

A full two years have passed between Discovery’s initial announcement and its premiere date. One might even say that it’s been a long road, getting from there to here, with multiple delays to its premiere date and showrunner Bryan Fuller being asked to leave the production late last year. But despite all that, the show is still hotly anticipated.

That might have something to do with the boundaries it is already breaking — it will be the first Star Trek series with a central character who is not the captain of a starship, the first with a central character who is a woman of color, and the first to feature an openly queer, human character in the main cast.

Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on CBS on Sept. 24, after which the entire season will be made available on the CBS All Access streaming service.