(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)

As the saying goes, everyone loves a comeback. The 2010s saw a number of creative entities emerge from the wilderness to enjoy renewed artistic credibility onscreen. There were so many comeback stories, actually, that this mere list of ten is guaranteed to smack of exclusions. FX’s The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, for instance, revived interest in the trial of the century while serving as a soft comeback for several actors. Be honest: when’s the last time you’d heard David Schwimmer’s name around the watercolor? Despite its use of John Travolta, however, there was no one actor on that show who made a resurgence on the level of Travolta’s in Pulp Fiction. If anything, the show was more memorable for its Emmy-winning turn by Sarah Paulson and for facilitating the breakout of Sterling K. Brown.

Stranger Things built its brand on ‘80s nostalgia and thrust faces from that decade, like Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine, back in the spotlight…but there wasn’t room for it on this list, either, and that’s saying a lot. It should be noted, too, that a return to form, in and of itself, isn’t enough to qualify as a comeback. Christopher Nolan was back in top form with Dunkirk, yet while his previous two films may have revealed chinks in his critical armor, they were both still commercial successes. A slightly off-game Nolan is still better than your average blockbuster filmmaker.

Master of the “Nouveau Shamanic” acting style, Nicolas Cage, likewise marches to the beat of a different drum, where the notion of frail mortal comebacks is irrelevant. So alas, you won’t see Mandy on this list. But enough with the honorable mentions … let’s look back, in reverse chronological order, at ten of the decade’s best film and television comebacks.

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star wars resistance the force awakens

Despite the appearances of some familiar faces like Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), it was never quite clear when exactly Star Wars Resistance takes place. Now, a new report reveals that the timeline of the Disney Channel animated series from Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni will take place around the same time as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and possibly run parallel to the rest of the new Star Wars trilogy.

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Last Jedi Novelization

Some Star Wars fans had a problem with Daisy Ridley‘s character Rey using the famed Jedi mind trick in The Force Awakens when her knowledge of the Force seemed so limited. Well, worry no more! The recently released Last Jedi novelization finally provides an explanation for Rey’s mind-trick-mastery.

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the force awakens alternate opening

Fans didn’t know what to expect when they sat down in darkened theaters for the anticipated return of the Star Wars franchise with J.J. Abrams‘ The Force Awakens. After the familiar opening crawl disappeared from the screen, The Force Awakens drops viewers right in the middle of the action. In a span of minutes, a Jakku village is besieged by First Order troops, Poe Dameron is captured, and Finn gets his tragic origin story.

It’s a sensational start to a great film, but it wasn’t the only opening that Abrams considered. Several The Force Awakens alternate openings were considered by Abrams, several of which were storyboarded. One particularly gripping alternate opening even went into production. You may remember it. The one with Luke’s hand. Now, one of those alternate openings has been given the fan animation treatment.

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Rey's original name

In a small but interesting bit of information, Daisy Ridley, star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, recently confirmed the original name of her character Rey. We’ve actually heard this early name before, but up until now it was thought to just be a placeholder or codename until the real name was finalized. Ridley’s recent statements seem to change that. Learn the shocking truth (okay, it’s not really that shocking) behind Rey’s original name!

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Who Doesn’t Want to Sit in This BB-8 Chair?

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Like a lot of you, I wish I had over $100 to spare to buy a remote control BB-8 droid. What could’ve been an annoying and cloying droid turned out to be an adorable scene-stealer in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Director J.J. Abrams never gives us too much of a good thing, cutting to the character only when necessary. People have fallen head over heels for the spirited droid, including a creative content producer by the name of Steve Czarnecki.

After the jump, check out a BB-8 theater chair created by Czarnecki.

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Star Wars - Millennium Falcon Bed

Star Wars Bits ain’t like dusting crops, boy. This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:

  • Pottery Barn as a Millennium Falcon bed for purchase
  • Colin Trevorrow teases work on Star Wars: Episode IX
  • Star Wars Battlefront beta begins in October
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII returning to The Force Awakens filming location
  • Find out how C-3PO got a red arm in comic book one-shot
  • Tearing open Sphero‘s remote-controlled BB-8 toy
  • Anthony Daniels talks life as C-3PO and The Force Awakens secrecy
  • Interview with Star Wars toys designer Mark Boudreaux
  • New Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster art

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The Force Awakens UK release date

Because of time zones and staggered release patterns, our friends over in Europe often get to see some of the biggest releases before we do in the United States. In fact, in the case of Marvel Studios’ productions or James Bond movies, they get to see them a few days earlier. Now, it sounds like Disney is doing the same thing with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The Force Awakens UK release date has been confirmed to be December 17th while the release date in France will actually be a bit earlier on December 16th. So now is the time to get a plane ticket to see the film as soon as possible. Read More »

The Force Awakens Starkiller Base

Coinciding with last week’s Force Friday festivities, the official Star Wars website made a few additions to their databank that should have fans of the galaxy far, far away raising one of their eyebrows inquisitively. Some of them we already new about while others have some vague new details that just have us asking more questions.

For example, at Comic-Con Domhnall Gleeson spoiled the fact that The First Order base in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was called Starkiller Base, inspired by the original surname for Skywalker in the first draft of the script for the first Star Wars movie. And now The Force Awakens Starkiller Base has officially been added to the databank. However, its description raises some questions. Beware of spoilers! Read More »

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Star Wars Aftermath reviews

It’s officially Force Friday, and in addition to all the new toys and various goodies you can get related to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, today also brings the first official books that are part of The Journey to The Force Awakens, filling in the gap of time between Return of the Jedi and the new sequel.

The most immediate and informative story with regards to the state of the galaxy after the events of Return of the Jedi is Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig, making his debut as an author of Star Wars stories. So how does the book hold-up on our Journey to The Force Awakens, and does it give us any hints about what to expect in Episode VII?

Get some information on what to expect from the book and also Star Wars Aftermath reviews below!

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