Choicest VGM - VGM #148 - The Ur-Quan Masters - Slylandro Home - Floating Gas Bags

Composed by: Eric Berge
Remixed by: Espen G├Ątzschmann and Tore Aune Fjellstad

This is a remix of the music which plays when you finally make it to the Slylandro homeworld. Very early on in the game you'll encounter several of their probes that claim to "come in peace" only to be attacked by them as soon as the conversation ends. This is because the Slylandro reprogrammed the probes to ensure that replication was of the utmost importance to the probes, even moreso than peaceful contact. Consequently, every time they encounter asteroids or indeed other ships, they attempt to break them down into component materials for use in creating more probes.

The name of the track, "Floating Gas Bags", is a reference to how other races would perceive the Slylandro. Their homeworld is a gas giant so being "floating gas bags" seems logical. Interestingly, the Slylandro seem to be very similar to the Hanar in the Mass Effect series, even adopting a similar naming convention to them. Perhaps BioWare drew some inspiration from the Slylandro when developing the Hanar? Then again, Mass Effect probably was inspired by Star Control 2 in general.

The Slylandro Home theme music sounds like it belongs at a carnival and has a child-like innocence to it - which to me is a perfect fit for the Slylandro as a race; just like children, they are curious about the universe around them and while they have good intentions, their naivety sometimes gets the better of them, namely the launching of thousands of hostile probes into outer space.

Special thanks to The Precursors for remixing the classic Star Control II tracks and making them available for download.