More Love For Jar Jar

Late last night on Twitter, I found How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Jar Jar Binks by a Jason Hamilton, who has contributed to starwars.com.

Jar Jar is the embodiment of innocence that has been manipulated and corrupted. Qui-Gon was the only one who could see Jar Jar’s worth, since he was the one most in tune with the living Force. The same is true of Anakin. It is not a coincidence that both these “pathetic lifeforms” were responsible for the fall of the Republic.

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18 Responses to “More Love For Jar Jar”

  1. blade57hrc Says:

    ”Because of the controversial nature of this topic, I am not writing it for StarWars.com”

    Censorship?Self-censorship?
    Just…why?

    • bansheegun Says:

      I was about to post the same thing. It would have been impressive to see him put it on SW.com. Maybe he wanted to but was rejected?

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Fear of trolls?

      • blade57hrc Says:

        Fear by the writer? Trolls can troll that post just as well, so self-censorship doesn’t make sense.

        Fear by LFL/Disney? Maybe…because it messs up their pandering to…

        What’s next? Hiring Stoklasa as an advisor? They’ve already clicked all his boxes (except maybe the ”protoaeoioigonist” thing, LOL).

        But i digress…
        ”Meesa JarJar, We allsa JarJar” is my new motto! 🙂

      • Jason Hamilton (@StoryHobbit) Says:

        I wrote the article as an argument, going against a portion of the fan base. StarWars.com tries to stick to posts that I primarily informative and not argumentative. Since this post was more opinion based, I decided to post it personally, rather than pitch it to the StarWars.com team. However, as I mentioned in the post, I am planning on writing an article on the archetype of the Fool. That will be a more informative look at Jar Jar’s role, mythologically speaking.

      • lazypadawan Says:

        Hi Jason! Thanks for coming by and explaining your decision to post the article on your own site rather than starwars.com. I can understand why it would prefer to take an informative tack rather than post opinions.

      • Hunk a Junk Says:

        I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. It’s within Disney’s power to redeem Jar Jar in the eyes of most (of course, not all) of the fans. Give Filoni the job. Put Jar Jar in an episode of Rebels. Give Jar Jar a truly heroic moment that even skeptics can say, “Whoa! Okay, that was kind of cool.” Have him save an young Princess Leia from an assassination attempt. Have him perform a deed critical to the survival of the fledgling Rebellion.

      • bansheegun Says:

        @HunkaJunk Thankfully, most of the Rebels fan base seems to be very pro-PT and Pro-Jar Jar. At least the ones I’ve seen. That being said, I doubt Disney would ever let Dave do that, ever. And, come to think of it, I doubt we’ll ever see any new content featuring Jar Jar again (or at least for a long long time).

  2. M. Marshall Says:

    Here’s an interesting Jar Jar article from starwwars.com:

    http://www.starwars.com/news/collectibles-from-the-outer-rim-jar-jar-binks-pez-machine

  3. Jacobesico Says:

    I’ve always loved Jar Jar.
    He’s a great Comic relief character that always makes me smile.

    I guess some people don’t have George Lucas’s sense of humour.

    • Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

      I love George’s sense of humor. It boggles me that people forget it’s the glue of the Saga.

      I mean, people who say things like “Star Wars isn’t supposed to be cute” obviously blacked out during the entire first twenty minutes of New Hope, which focuses primarily on two bickering droids before introducing some glowy-eyed short people.

  4. jarjarbacktattooguy Says:

    Another good article, thanks for this.

    Yes, all great adventure stories have characters like Jar Jar and Qui-gon.

    Jar Jar is a guy, probably in his early 20s, who couldn’t cut it in the military and probably dropped out of trade school. He’ s this lost character who’s just in the right place at the right time, and eventually finds his purpose in life over the course of the movie. He is a lot like Anakin in this regard.

    It’s not the destination, it’ s the journey. The characters develop friendships with each other along the way while discovering that they have certain skills that can be useful to the world. This is the emotional center of all adventure stories.

    Obi-wan and Padme have already found their career paths yet they too, develop social skills and bonds along the way.

    Yes, Qui-gon is the one that really is the center, who brings them all together and provides them guidance.

    Then, of course, they meet Palpy and it all goes to hell….

  5. Evangelos Says:

    I love the contrast between Qui Gon and Jar Jar.On one side,you have a Biblical figure and on the other side you have a Looney Tune.The idea itself is totally out there and its another proof that those movies were made by a true artist who’s willing to take risks and is not interested in pleasing every single fanboy who sees StarWars as a religion.

  6. lovelucas Says:

    Every chance I get – and I don’t care if I stoke the argumentative fire – I cite and quote George re Jar Jar. He’s a hero, he’s the only one who will commit – and immediately – to a role in aiding Queen Amidala in TPM. They are warriors, those Gungans – every one of them. And when naysayers bring up Jar Jar delivering the Republic to Palaptine as a senator representing Padmé, you have to go to the beginning of that conversation when SHE was manipulated into that vote of no confidence to Valorum. That’s what put everything into place. And also, IMHO, contributed to her dying from a broken heart – yes it was Anakin but it was also knowing that she contributed to the demise of everything she believed in. Jar Jar never lost belief.

    • Keith Palmer Says:

      Queen Amidala’s own role in unwittingly setting up Palpatine’s rise was a point I reflected on myself as these latest discussions got under way, although maybe I was thinking more than anything of how this reflected on how his character would “exploit and implicate, if not corrupt, innocence” as a general operating principle. Still, it is something to consider how part of the “beginning” might be linked to Padme’s end.

  7. Simon Maxwell Says:

    It’s good to see some positive articles about Jar Jar for a change, especially now that Abrams has said that he’s killing off Jar Jar in episode 7.

    So, screw episode 7. And screw Abrams for throwing all these bones to the Lucas-haters and prequel-haters. And most of all, screw Disney. I’ve been boycotting the new Marvel comics and recent novels (because of the whole Expanded Universe ‘Legends’ thing), and I plan to boycott all future Star Wars films – films aimed at the Lucas-haters and prequel-haters. As far as I’m concerned, there will only ever be six Star Wars films (episodes 1 to 6).

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