We’ve been counting down the 100 most important moments in pop culture all week in honor of io9’s 10th anniversary. And at last, we’ve reached the end: The top 20. These are the biggest, most monumental events, decisions, releases, and more that have left indelible marks (usually for better, sometimes for worse, and some remain to be seen) on nerd culture since January 2, 2008. 20) The Last Jedi changes what we thought Star Wars could be We loved The Force Awakens because it felt so much like classic Star Wars. It was familiar. The Last Jedi works because it’s not. After two years of speculating who Rey’s parents were, where Snoke was from, and what Luke was going to do with his lightsaber, like Luke, writer-director Rian Johnson tossed it all off a cliff. He made Star Wars shocking again. Watching The Last Jedi felt like it must have felt to see The Empire Strikes Back when it was first released, and being blown away by watching Han get encased in carbonite, or Vader’s paternal revelation to Luke. The Last Jedi challenged what we believed about Jedi, the Force, good, evil, and much more. By doing so, he forced… Read full this story
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