Stay On Target: Top Gun-Style Star Wars X-Wing Tribute
Star Wars Rebel and Resistance Pilots Test the Envelope in This Top Gun-inspired Clip
I feel the need. The need. For (light) speed.
Do you need a pick me up? It is Monday (I think?), after all. Me too!
Thankfully, a video editor with love for Star Wars space combat cooked up a treat for Star Wars fans.
Top Gun, Star Wars Style
Using Kenny Loggin’s ubiquitous “Danger Zone” from 1986’s Top Gun, videographer Jackson McKay puts us into an X-Wing cockpit for some of the most memorable moments in Star Wars.
“I waited to make this until I could use TROS footage,” said McKay of the music video. “X-Wings are my favorite starfighters, so it seemed like a fun project to keep me occupied while we’re all social distancing.
“Hope you enjoy!”
Check Out The Original
Karabast! Did I enjoy this one; maybe more than I did the original:
Coming as it did three years after Return of the Jedi, I am not ashamed to admit that Top Gun had a stronghold on my 11-year-old consciousness, but, alas, flight school was not for this guy.
But thanks to Star Wars, my love for fighter “planes” and laser-brained pilots continued.
And, after a look at that original video — with Kenny Loggins sporting the shades and writhing on the bed — I have to say I really DO like the new one better.
Punch It, Goose
The folks at Screen Rant pointed the below out first, with Rachel Labonte writing:
Evidently, Star Wars’ own aerial sequences made Jackson McKay think of Top Gun, for he mixed the two together in a brilliant way. By playing Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” – a song made especially for Top Gun – along with X-wing footage from all Star Wars films from A New Hope to The Rise of Skywalker (and including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), McKay has made one thrilling video. You can see it for yourself in the space below:
“Great balls of fire!” Indeed.