Melodic Treks 95: Lifted From a Missing TOS Episode / by Brandon-Shea Mutala

"Code of Honor."


Considered by many to be one of the worst episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the first season episode "Code of Honor" portrays a planet of black people with many of the negative stereo types that have been associated with African culture on film and in literature. Fred Steiner, know to Star Trek fans as the composer of several original episodes, including "Charlie X," "What Are Little Girls Made Of?," "The Corbomite Maneuver," and "Balance of Terror," composed only one episode of The Next Generation. The score is filled with many familiar elements such as muted horns and stand up bass, however, the producers considered the music to be too "retro."

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by trombonist Lance Laster to discuss the episode and the music of the episode "Code of Honor." We discuss racism, interpretations, muted trumpets and trombones, Fred Steiner, and weather or not this could be the score to a missing episode of TOS.


Intro (00:00:00)
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:01)
A Trombonist (00:02:43)
The Episode (00:11:10)
Fred Steiner (00:23:30)
The Music (00:27:18)
"Bronze Horse/To the Holodeck/Snatch Natasha" (00:29:09)
"Officer's Log/Competition" (00:35:21)
"Chez Lutan/Lutan's Honor/The Centerpiece/Yareena Upset/Combat Ready/Htching a Plan/Code of Honor Again" (00:38:28)
"Deadly Blow/She Lives/Poor Lutan/Mission Accomplished" (00:43:57)
Closing (00:51:53)

All music composed by Fred Steiner Intro and exit music from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country composed by Cliff Eidelman


Brandon Shea Mutala


Lance Laster


Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Music heard on Melodic Treks is used under license from the Performing Rights Society.