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If we could describe 2018 in one word, it would be complicated. There have been some amazing shows and films, and fandom has faced a lot of growth and change. But we’ve also seen a lot of pain. We have come together to celebrate the greatest pop culture moments of the year, as well as the things that could and should have been better. Grab a chair and dive into the best and worst of 2018.

For months before and after the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi — a widely critically acclaimed movie and box office titan — what appeared to have been a small number of fans made it known they were rabid haters of the movie’s twist on the franchise’s formula.

They were mad about everything, from plot holes and director Rian Johnson’s supposed disdain for the fandom to its focus on inclusivity, and they tried their best to make it all about them and how angry they were.

Well, just as you might have thought, it turns out one force driving that backlash forward may have been disingenuous manipulation of social media sites such as Twitter to promote political propaganda.

Video: Look, we get it. Some of you didn't like The Last Jedi. And that's okay! You're allowed to be wrong.

Our favourite Mikey Neumann explains.

If any one thing about The Last Jedi has been contentious -- actually, no, strike that, everything about The Last Jedi has been contentious, including its approach to space combat (the Holdo Manoeuvre, anyone?). But according to one fan and critic, Rian Johnson's epic actually makes space combat in the Star Wars universe more explicable, not less.

From porgs to fathiers to, uh, green milk-dispensing thala-sirens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi had its fair share of unique fauna. Topping that list in the elegance department are the breathtaking crystal foxes of Crait. While entirely CG in the film, designers took a very low-tech approach when trying to get a "feel" for the fictional creatures.

It's very rare to see contemporary versions of Star Wars and Star Trek make similar creative choices. After all, part of what's fuelled the age-old Wars v. Trek debate are the series' wildly different approaches to scifi. But with The Last Jedi in theatres and Discovery airing online, both franchises seem to be tackling something fascinating, questioning institutions in each world that fans have held dear for decades.