And Kylo Ren has been brooding the entire time.
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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.
One of the hottest debates about the plot of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the question of hotshot, insubordinate pilot Poe Dameron. Did Poe do anything wrong? Is the beautiful hotshot pilot guilty of doing material harm to the cause of the Resistance, or did he do what any reasonable hero would have done in his situation?
Poe Dameron deserved so much more than a light slap on the face in response to his gross insubordination during Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is part of what makes this blooper supercut of the multiple times Carrie Fisher had to dramatically hit Oscar Isaac while filming so satisfying. Clearly, they were both having fun.
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.
The home media release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is jam-packed with goodies, many of which we've covered on the site already, such as Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson's different opinions on Luke Skywalker, the Captain Phasma deleted scene, and Johnson's motivations behind some of the film's bigger, more controversial moments. But there's a lot more.
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.
The Last Jedi takes aim at some of the most deeply-held establishments and tenets of the Star Wars saga, laying the ground for a new generation to build something different in their place. That's all heady stuff, but it also broke another Star Wars tradition that was a bit easier to miss: It's the first film in the main saga not to use the infamous "Wilhelm scream."
Taking Supreme Leader Snoke from a vague hologram to a physical presence was one of the biggest challenges for the visual effects team on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the process was a complex push and pull between the director, the effects artists, and Andy Serkis, who portrayed Snoke in motion capture and voice.
When The Last Jedi's official novelisation comes out next month, it will include a few extra moments that weren't just cut from the movie, but added specifically for the book. That list includes a glimpse at how Leia and the resistance marked the fall of a Star Wars hero - a moment that, the director says, he just couldn't fit into the final film.
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.