Totally original scores? IIRC Aliens repurposed elements of Horner's other scores - he did that a lot throughout his career - but hey, let's not quibble.
Yes and Ridley Scott repurposed Jerry Goldsmith's score from 'Freud'
for the awakening from hypersleep sequence in 'Alien'
(much to Goldsmith's chagrin). It's not quite the same as taking an existing soundtrack from the same series though and I fail to see the point, other than coasting on sheer nostalgia. Is the Nostromo theme now just a general spaceship theme in the 'Alien'
universe? I guess not because it was also used for Weyland's hologramatic speech in 'Prometheus'
. So what exactly does this melody signify in terms of thematics? Perhaps it's the theme for Weyland/Weyland-Yutani?! I don't know and quite honestly, I doubt the composers/Ridley Scott do either. I suspect it really was just repurposed for nostalgic reasons. Thematics/significance of use... this stuff matters.
Like it or not Alien is now a massive franchise.
Aye, to be fair; I don't like that it's become a "franchise". I preferred it when it was art.
I think damning the film for it is ridiculous...
Where did I say that I was damning the film entirely? I merely said that I hated this particular track, for the reasons which I stated. That has little bearing on whatever my overall thoughts on the film will be. It works both ways, you know? It would be equally silly to say "I think praising the film for liking this one solitary track is ridiculous". I'm 100% fine with other people enjoying the track; good for them I say but the fact that such a sentence hasn't been said towards the positive reception and only in response to my negative feelings towards the track reveals your bias towards liking the track and not liking people whom don't share your opinion.
Aren't people allowed to have their own viewpoints? Can't we just respect each others views without resorting to calling out differing thoughts as "ridiculous"? I respect those whom like this track. I merely ask that my own opinion (and another, whom was asked "what are you doing here?" in this thread) be equally respected.