Note: I usually try, in this blog, to refrain from overtly opinionated statements. I do say what I like or dislike, but I do usually try and back up said statements. In this case, though, I cannot silently stand aside. A few weeks ago, the Emmy nominations were announced and once again, Bear McCreary’s work on Battlestar Galactica was not among those recognized in the music category. Now, I don’t really put much stock in award shows and the like, but I do usually pay attention, at least, to those things nominated.
Some have said that the lack of BSG nominations is because the committee is wary of Sci-Fi/Fantasy shows (much like the Oscars), but that doesn’t make sense, really. A look at past nominations in music, especially, yield many examples of Sci-Fi/Fantasy: the Star Trek series (Next Generation, et al) have many nominations, so did Xena, and Lost has also been tapped multiple times (not to mention Quantum Leap, SeaQuest, X-Files, the Stargate franchise, and Shirley Walker’s Space: Above and Beyond score). So obviously it’s not the genre or even the network (witness Stargate), so honestly, I might just have to chalk it up to ignorance or…well ignorance is the nicest way to put it. Because, in all honestly, with the exception of maybe Lost, BSG is the best scored show on television (was rather since it just wrapped up).
I have already wrote extensively on BSG, and you know that I feel that it is a score that transcends the normal catagory of “background music,” and is just as intergral part of the show quality as any actor, writer, or director. It is a score of a quality higher than most I hear on television or even some films. I don’t have much experience with the other nominees, but I’ll venture a comment on what I do know.
Alf Clausen – The Simpsons: I’ve always loved the integration of music into The Simpsons, and I was kind of disappointed that Clausen didn’t score the film, but I understand the decision. That being said, Clausen’s musical genius lies in his adaptation of existing material and making it fit into the world of the show. A very different function than McCreary’s score, so there isn’t really much comparing.
Sean Callery – 24: I’ve seen most of this series, but not this past season except for the movie Redemption, which I thought had a decent, if ultimately empty, score. It did its job well, but much like the series itself, it is fun and exciting and tense while watching, but leaves one feeling empty afterwards.
Robert Duncan (Castle), Gabriel Yared (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency), and Mark Snow (Ghost Whisperer): I’ve never seen these shows, and I’ve never even heard Robert Duncan’s music. I’m familar with Yared’s work, but not very well, and I know Snow’s work on X-Files, but I’ve never seen Ghost Whisperer. This being as it is, I’d rather not comment on them.
Joseph LoDuca – Legend of the Seeker: This is the one that really sparked my ire initally. I actually, at that point, had yet to see this series, but I just recetly become acquainted with LoDuca’s work on TNT’s Librarian movies (you know, those somewhat fun, but blately an Indiana Jones ripoff starring Noah Wyle?). And while watching them I couldn’t help but every few minutes hearing the score going off into a cue from David Arnold’s Stargate score (not surprising since the films were also produced by Dean Devlin). I then set out and listened to a few Seeker episodes on Hulu and was less than impressed. At times it sounded like Battlestar, other times Stargate SG-1, but lacking the depth of McCreary’s work on BSG.
Granted, the first season score of BSG was still a work in progress, but the heights that the just released Season 4 score achived (especially the finale “Daybreak”) are leaps and bounds above anything I have heard out of most any television program. It is simply a crime that the score wasn’t nominated, espcially considering past nominations. Sci-Fi or otherwise, McCreary’s work on Battlestar Galactica deserves to get the official recognition, not just the adulation of critics and fans who seem to know what the Emmy committee is glaringly blind to.