If you have ever listened to the Holst’s 1918 composition The Planets, you know where the likes of John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner got their inspiration for their sci-fi film scores. (Ironically the music was inspired by astrology not astronomy.) The entire suite is quite beautiful. Watching the Star Wars, Star Trek or Alien series will make you entirely comfortable with The Planets should you ever feel the need to listen. In fact, you will probably wonder if the Holst estate can sue for some of the snippets of music.
The first movement, “Mars, the Bringer of War,” is the one most will have heard and is an amazingly catchy piece that truly invokes armies marching off to battle. The problem is every time I hear it now I bust up laughing thanks to “The Venture Bros.” The second show of the second season finds The Monarch’s most endearing henchmen unemployed due to the destruction of the floating cocoon fortress. Suddenly they get the call they have been dreaming of. It’s the Monarch. He’s escaped prison and orders them to put his mighty empire back together. As Henchmen 21 & 24 hang up, this happens: