Originally Posted by dougotte
It's been done on so many shows for the past few years, that I'm sick of it. I guess it's easier just to buy the rights to a pop song that to pay an actual composer to write some music for the scene.
On BSG, their outstanding composer Bear McCreary wrote all the music, including the montages, during its first 3 seasons. Of course, that was a sci-fi show set in what was essentially an alternate universe - you couldn't
use pop songs. Yet, in order to make a connection between that universe and ours, they took an old Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower" during the final season and played with the theme as a recurring motif that provided hints to the ultimate conclusion of the series. Like nearly everything else about that show, it was a brilliant move.