Is there any better way to prepare to pretend to be a villain than by humming "The Imperial March" from Star Wars? I don't think so, and if you need any proof that it's the piece of music you're looking for then look no further than the TV show Chuck.
It's been 11 years since the premiere of the fun and often geeky series. One of my favorite parts of the show was all the references they would make to properties like Star Wars, and one of my all-time favorites is in a scene of the Season 4 episode "Chuck versus the Last Details." This episode focuses on everyone helping Chuck and Sarah get ready for their wedding. Of course, nothing's ever quiet for this group, so a mission quickly comes up and they all get sucked into it, including Chuck's best friend Morgan.
In order for them to succeed in the mission, Morgan must infiltrate a meeting of bad guys by pretending to be one of them. Right before entering the meeting, Morgan starts to have second thoughts. Luckily, Chuck knows just what to do and starts humming "The Imperial March." Soon Morgan joins in and Sarah watches as the two friends really get into it.
I'm not sure if you can call their short performance of the piece a "cover" of the classic necessarily, but there's something about the passion they put behind it that makes it one of my favorite versions of the song ever! You can just feel the nerdy excitement they put behind each note as Morgan channels his inner villain. It lets him enter the meeting with all the confidence of a bad guy… even if it's not perhaps quite Darth Vader level.
While this episode has a few good Star Wars references, this one is the best of them all. What else would you sing to get into the bad guy mindset, after all? Nothing is as fitting as "The Imperial March." The hilarious scene captures what I loved about Chuck and why I wish we could have had a few more seasons of this amazing series.