It's too bad that they're already showing the reptile and the insect to be more bloodthirsty and violent than the other more palatable species. It would be quite a creative reversal for them to have the creatures we fear and despise most to be the gentle ones, and write the Mr. Man and Monkey Boy as the violent ones. Quantum and Qrew would want to trust Monkey Boy and Mr. Man instantly because they would feel a cosmetic connection, yet they would be woefully misled by such superficial feelings when they were made aware of Monkey Boy and Mr. Man's true characters. I'm not working for these people why? Oh, right, I don't live in fear of Bermaga and thus have to stifle every creative impulse so I don't lose my job. Or so my sources tell me.
Oh, the song. This version is so atrocious with its random bass guitar, an intermittent strings section that comes in at odd moments, and percussion so outdated it cries out for a bongo drum, that it made me love and yearn for the old one. What I want to know is: Who at Enterprise hates music so much that they would force this down our ears? "And here we have Linda McCartney on tambourine!" The Evil Dr. Mathra announces, dancing out of his study. "Finally a song I can get my teeth drilled to -- that's pure dentist's office muzak!"
In his mailing list, Warren Ellis said it best:
How do you make that theme tune worse?
Simple. Keep the vocal line and make a new mix, adding a string section, lots of strummy guitars and a new percussion track, making it into a full-blown oldie AOR nightmare. Also, due to your new and yet somehow festeringly ancient mix, mistime all the sound-to-vision cues in the original, so that the music just sits there totally independent of the visuals.
It really would have been much easier and cheaper for someone to record a voiceover along the lines of "We really don't know what the fuck we're doing here. Hold on, this'll be over in 40 seconds" and run that instead of the music. Using the original mix in the first two series at least made a statement, even if that statement was "We are very old. Is this what the young folk of today like listening to? Does this sound like one of those popular beat combos from the hit parade?" Using a remix -- particularly one this ugly and tired -- just says "We know something's wrong with this, but we don't know what."