At a glance, 2022 has been quite the year for the galaxy far, far away...
Not only has it seen the birth of one of the finest chunks of live-action Star Wars ever blasted into the mix in the form of Tony Gilroy's outstanding Andor series, but it also came equipped with everything from the return of Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi, a few absolutely stellar Tales of the Jedi, and many more mouth-watering announcements about what is on the horizon for the much-loved franchise.
Yet, for all of the good that tumbled out of this space-aged setting over the last 12 months, there were still a few moments that left a particularly bitter taste in fans of the Force's mouths in 2022. Because, of course there were.
Like most things in life, Star Wars still is far from perfect even when it's being financially backed by the House of Mouse and guided into existence by creators who genuinely care about the inter-galactic stories they're telling.
So, from certain characters not being given the focus and platform fans had been hoping for during a long-awaited appearance, to news of a once-exciting incoming project potentially being shot down in pre-production, it's time to look at some of the absolute worst things to happen to the world of space wizards and Rebel Alliances in recent memory.
7. Disgusting Racism Hits The Galaxy Far, Far Away
The fact this entry even exists in 2022 is frankly sickening.
But what should've been a dream come to life for Moses Ingram upon making her Star Wars debut as the complex Inquisitor Reva Sevander in Disney+'s Obi-Wan Kenobi, quickly turned into a revolting nightmare for the talented star.
As revealed by Ingram herself, the American actor had been subjected to "hundreds" of racist messages and comments from "fans" on Instagram in the wake of her appearance as the former Jedi youngling in the series.
Her co-star Ewan McGregor and the franchise's own Twitter account were quick to supported Ingram online, with the former noting that "if you’re sending her bullying messages, you’re no ‘Star Wars’ fan in my mind."
But sadly, this isn't the first time a Star Wars thespian has found themselves on the receiving end of waves of racism during their time as part of the galaxy far, far away, with both John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran going on record to reveal the racist hate sent their way when occupying the roles of Finn and Rose in the Skywalker Saga.
In short, the Star Wars Twitter account likely put it best: "There are more than 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be a racist."