[This article contains plot spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.]
The latest Star Wars installment, The Last Jedi, only has one real lightsaber fight to its name, but it’s a fucking doozy: A beautifully choreographed team-up between psychic pen pals Kylo Ren and Rey, fighting back-to-back against a host of masked Praetorian guards in Chancellor Snoke’s ominously red-lit throne room. Lurid and dance-y, it was pretty much demanding the remix treatment, and the internet—in this case, in the form of Twitter user @Rachlikesbands—has been quick to oblige.
Over-oblige, possibly; @Rachlikesbands has produced dozens of mash-ups between popular music and the scene over the last few days, and they all seem to work more-or-less flawlessly. You can take your pick of genre, too; there’s pop, rock, rap, oldies, and more, all lining up with the gleaming carnage:
The secret seems to be the timing of that initial exchange; that slight moment of slow-motion that director Rian Johnson includes, right before things pop off, seems like it was custom-built for any kind of musical drop you’d care to name to suddenly, gloriously kick in. It’s an amazing thread to slowly work your way through (especially as more and more people keep adding their own contributions), but we have to admit that we’re partial to a couple; that version of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” up there works shockingly well, for example, and there’s no better fit for Kylo’s general emo vibe than the overt emotionality of Meat Loaf, as ably demonstrated by the extended “Bat Out Of Hell” clip below: