Some Inspiring Jar Jar Reads

British newspaper The Telegraph posted a terrific article on May 5 called Meesa Misunderstood: The Tragedy of Jar Jar Binks. This has to be the first time in a long time I’ve seen this kind of apologetics in a professional media source:

But watching the films now I find it impossible to dredge up the loathing for him I felt 15 years ago, when hundreds of hours of X-Wing vs TIE Fighter meant I thought of Star Wars as a kind of high-tech gothic Battle of Britain to be treated with great reverence.

I was wrong. Jar Jar was hated because people thought he was out of place, but the opposite was true. The same people who went online to list ways to murder him are those who take the garbled mutterings of an antediluvian swamp-frog, Yoda, as great wisdom.

The Telegraph had also reposted on May 5 its 1999 (mostly positive) review of TPM.

Meanwhile Clone Corridor has a great essay called Parallel Lives: Jar Jar and Anakin that points to the similarities between Anakin’s and Jar Jar’s journey through the PT:

Jar Jar loses his innocence due to his desire to be someone, his desire to do something of significance, that is what makes him susceptible to Palpatine’s manipulations. Anakin of course loses his innocence due to his desire to control what happens to those he loves. Both want to protect and serve, both are courageous and yet both their judgements are clouded by their desires.

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9 Responses to “Some Inspiring Jar Jar Reads”

  1. M. Marshall Says:

    Do my eyes deceive me? Am I in the Twilight Zone? TWO positive articles about TPM? I truly believe that the prequels are well on their way to getting the respect they deserve.

    • peacetrainjedi Says:

      I’m feeling the same way. Hopefully it won’t be too many more years before these types of articles are no longer the rare finds they are today. It’s refreshing to see someone not towing the party line of Jar Jar hate.

    • Hunk a Junk Says:

      I wish I share your optimism… but I don’t. The fan base is forever Balkinized and articles like these won’t even appear on haters’ radar. These fans are simply too invested in their hate to even consider any other position.

  2. Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

    I just wish the second one didn’t have so many typos.

    But YAY JAR JAR!

    I swear, the other day I saw a stack of children’s academic SW books and one of the preschool ones had Jar Jar on the cover and I turned 5 in excitement…even though I was 12 when Jar Jar debuted…

  3. jarjarbacktattooguy Says:

    It’s doubtful there will be anything as novel as Jar Jar in the sequels. Lucas was never afraid to take chances and try something new. There had never been a humanoid CG character before Jar Jar. The closest they came were the ghosts in Casper.

    And the Gungan speech patterns were right in line with Yoda’s. Yoda, another character Lucas took a lot of chances with.

    Lucas also wasn’t afraid to go against conventional wisdom and cast a teenager and a kid for two of the leads. Most directors are afraid to do that because a child actors lack of experience could make them look bad.

    These choices helped make TPM not just another cookie cutter blockbuster.

    • M. Marshall Says:

      Not a humanoid character but Draco from “Dragonheart” was considered to be the first CGI character.

    • Hunk a Junk Says:

      You hit it on the head. It’s very easy for haters to complain about what a “mistake” Jar Jar was (as if they never make any) while forgetting that almost everyone early on dismissed Yoda, Chewbacca and Star Wars itself as huge mistakes before George proved them wrong. The hater meme is that the prequels failed because “no one was willing to stand up to George to tell him he was wrong.” When in truth George was always fighting the “wookiee should wear pants” people and became wildly successful by ignoring them and sticking to his vision.

      • jarjarbacktattooguy Says:

        Fanboys are so hypocritical. They always claim to be for the auteur, and how important it is for a director to have complete creative control….until they disagree with the decisions the director makes!

        Lucas was an egotistical, out of control madman according to them. Well, I guess that means he was on the original Star Wars as well. Yet, nobody is complaining about that movie!

        All of the cute, humorous characters were always a part of Star Wars.

        It’s like complaining about the Super Scouts in Galactica 1980….these are family shows guys! If it walks like a duck…

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