7. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (dir. J.J. Abrams, 2019)
The Mandalorian may have the most memorable helmet removal scene in the galaxy, but when Zorii Bliss lowered her visor to stare into the eyes of Poe Dameron during “The Rise of Skywalker,” you could feel the stars explode.
Combining the steely combat savvy from her days on “The Americans” with the romanticism of act one “Waitress,” Keri Russell joined the Lucasfilm universe as a criminal spicerunner rocking a red jumpsuit, gold helmet, and blaster pistols. As with so many of the random characters we meet on supporting Star Wars planets, Zorii’s unique perspective on the Jedi fight helped hasten the plot of the meandering (and, let’s be honest, middling) space epic toward its high-stakes conclusion.
But Russell’s reserved yet soulful performance as a woman abandoned by the man she loves felt intriguing enough to merit more screen time, if not a spinoff. Watching the resentment melt from Zorii’s eyes — and just her eyes — as she ponders a future with Poe remains one the better moments from the sequels, not to mention she’s got great lines (“So long, sky trash!”) and unbeatable chemistry with living legend Babu Frik. —AF