I'm learning music notation and as both a fan and enthusiast I bought the Star Trek: The Motion Picture film score from Omni Music Publishing. Unfortunately, I've encountered a confusing bit of notation in the Main Title (Bar 4, relevant parts pictured below), and I would like an explanation from more experienced musicians.
The whole piece is in 6/8 meter, but in bar 4 it changes to 2/4. However, for some parts the bar contains a dotted quarter rest, and an 8th note duplet. In my expanding but still limited knowledge, I believe this equates to 6/8, not 2/4. For some parts, the duplet is a repeat of the same in the pickup bar, which is in 6/8 with 3 beats. I have the 2012 soundtrack album, which contains a track with the early takes, and after someone starts too early, Goldsmith says "3 in the A-bar" (which I assume refers to the term "anacrusis", the pickup bar). In both the pickup bar and bar 4, the notes should play with the same duration, which I assume is essentially a dotted eight note, written as a duplet.
In addition to the above, there are also several parts with a quarter rest, then three 16th notes and one 8th note, but seemingly marked as a triplet. This doesn't seem right to me at all, as those notes do no equate to either three 16th or three 8th notes. They also don't fill up all the beats in the bar, regardless of it being a triplet or not.
I assume this is an error in the sheet music (whether in the original draft of the sheet music that the publisher used, or a publisher error), and that it is supposed to be just a 6/8 bar, but that still doesn't solve the triplet issue. It also includes a tempo change when it returns to 6/8, while in the final recordings the tempo is constant throughout.
Edit: replaced picture. To clarify, for example for the contrabass, timpani, and bass drum, the pickup bar and bar 4 are supposed to play the same (basically a "BAH-BAM" sound twice).