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The 15 Best Things That Happened In 2015… According To Space

It’s just like that Beyoncé song says: “Who run the world? Nerds!” And because Bey is never wrong, 2015 proved to be a year in which sci-fi/gaming/comic book/fantasy fans were rewarded for their dedication to all things Space-y with some amazing additions to the canon, including a new film we’ve been waiting—let’s be honest—32 years for. But there was more to 2015 than just Star Wars. Here are 15 things that made this year one to tell your bionic grandkids about:

1. Tatiana Maslany finally gets the Emmy nomination she’s deserved for the last three years. Maslany’s multitasking on Orphan Black was recognized by The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences this past summer and while she didn’t wind up with the statuette, the nomination did spawn the Twitter hashtag #notsnubbed—which, in 2015, is basically the equivalent of an award show win.

2. LEGO Dimensions hit shelves in September and the Doctor Who level pack quickly followed. At last, a universe in which Doc Who can hang with Doc Brown and trade notes on the difference between time travel in a British police box and time travel in an Irish-made sportscar.

DOC WHO

3. Drones for everyone! It’s estimated that more than a million drones were purchased as Christmas gifts in 2015, making the tech-oriented toy a very popular holiday gift—one that, for some rookie pilots, has less staying power that a carton of eggnog.

DRONE

4. The second season of Bitten kicked off with the death of one of Elena’s enemies and the sudden arrival of a new one. There’s never a dull moment when you’re the world’s only female werewolf. Earlier this month a new trailer announced the show’s third and final blood-soaked season.

5. NASA finds water on Mars, Who fans everywhere are like, “NO THANK YOU/NOT THIRSTY.”

WATER

6. Back in June, Jon Snow died in the final episode of Game of Thrones’ fifth season. Snow admirers spent the rest of 2015 figuring out how the showrunners could resurrect him.

7. Speaking of GoT, nerd worlds collided when one of the last remaining Starks made her debut on Doctor Who. Maisie Williams set Needle aside for a four-episode stint with the Doctor and Clara, playing a pivotal role in what was one of the most interesting Who story arcs in the last several seasons.

It’s happening. Fandoms are colliding.

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8. New space shows on Space! 2015 brought us not one but three new shows set across galaxies known and unknown. Killjoys took us to The Quad and left us breathless with a cliffhanger ending followed quickly by the announcement that there would, thank goodness, be a second season. Luckily we had Dark Matter and the much-anticipated debut of The Expanse to fill the void. The latter continues to air all-new episodes to get us through the cold winter months.

EXPANSE

9. Pixar released two movies in a single year for the first time in the studio’s history. Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur brought very different things to the screen while meeting the high standards set by Pixar’s previous releases. Bonus: neither film was a part of a known franchise. Double bonus: Dinosaur was preceded by an awesome short from Sanjay Patel that put a whole new spin on the superhero genre.

PIXAR

10. A return to the wizarding world was announced and a sneak peek at the forthcoming Harry Potter spinoff was unveiled: Eddie Redmayne is Newt Scamander in the trailer for J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

11. We got new emojis. It was like suddenly knowing a whole new language.

EMOJIS

12. In the comic book world, Peter Parker handed over his Spiderman kit to an entirely new web-slinger. The iconic Marvel superhero will now be in the hands of Miles Morales, the first African American character to suit up as Spidey.

MILES

13. Back to the Future Day happened. October 21, 2015 marked the day that Doc and Marty travelled forward in time to a world of self-lacing sneakers and water-skimming hoverboards. while we’re all still tying our own shoes like a bunch of suckers, this year did bring us that much closer to riding around on actual hoverboards with the invention of a nitrogen-powered Lexus-designed model. Just give it a decade or so before the price comes down.

14. The Doctor loses another companion in the most spectacular way—but it’s what happens after that totally blows minds. In “Heaven Sent” Peter Capaldi spends nearly an entire episode acting out his grief over Clara’s death opposite no one and it turns out to be the best performance of his entire run on the show. Hats off to Steven Moffat for penning a near-perfect episode of Who.

HEAVEN

15. Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theatres. Somehow J.J. Abrams managed to live up to an entire galaxy’s worth of hype and turn out a Jar Jar-free film that’s loved almost universally. High-five, JJ. You are the Yoda of our cinematic universe.

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