View Full Version : The Case for Jar Jar

10-21-2010, 04:14 PM
I searched, but couldn't find any discussion on this.

Over on the Forcecast blog there's a really well crafted article on the merits and meaning of Jar Jar. I found it fascinating. Did anyone else read it? You can find it here:


10-22-2010, 06:22 AM
Thanks for that; it was a good read. It was written by someone who understands that a large part of Star Wars, is it's influence by fairy tales and fairy tale like characters. Jar Jar is The Fool in a greek tragedy/space opera. He's also used as a "Greek Chorus" (much like 3PO and R2 are as well) in Episode I. And while I would agree that his actions could have been toned down on the battle field, I did like the character and in particular, loved the scenes with him in the Gungan Sub, the scene where he meets Padmé, the scene where he's trying to help fix the Pod Racer, etc.

The way I see it is, we have every conceivable type of personality in our world, so the same principal should apply in the Star Wars Universe as well. Not everyone can be a Darth Maul, Boba Fett or a Han Solo. There has to be a representation, on all heights of the totem pole. Jar Jar is an idiot; a fool, but one who ultimately means no harm to anyone, or anything. I think the amount of hatred that was levelled at the character, was kind of disturbing. If that's where people's heads are at, what will they do if & when a real alien species tries to make contact with us and just happen to be as jovial, as the much maligned Gungan from Otoh Gunga?

That episode of The Simpsons comes to mind, where Mr Burns was thought to be a luminous alien creature.

10-22-2010, 12:43 PM
I'm a Jar Jar fan, have been for a long time. He has a place in the SW story, especially in the prequels. He is the everyman, he's not a Jedi, he's not a powerful politician. He is us, the normal person swept up in this grand adventure.

So many of the characters in the prequels can be hard to relate to, most of the major characters are Jedi with powers we can not fully understand, politicians who deal with so much twisting and turning that you don't know where they are truly coming from, or the evildoers who we all want to root against. Jar Jar is the audience, the person to whom all needs explaining and who is frankly, just normal and boring.

10-22-2010, 02:12 PM
"The Case for Jar Jar" was much more eloquent than what I said a while back. I agree fully with the article.

I reposted my take (http://womprat99.livejournal.com/2399.html) on this recently. It actually made the ForceCast as I recall, and Shaz sent me an awesome remix of it.

Down with the haters. Star Wars is forever.

10-22-2010, 05:33 PM
Thanks for sharing that Womp. I enjoyed reading your thoughts. It seems that Jar Jar had a timely impact on you that was both positive and encouraging. I am glad that Jar Jar didn't ruin everyone's life as it seems most people would have us believe.

10-26-2010, 12:48 PM
I never really liked Jar Jar. I wasn't a 'hater' so much as just found him annoying. I know he was there for the kids though.

The Clone Wars have helped, though. I still find him annoying, but he's watchable and fun. He definitely works better as a cartoon http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif

10-26-2010, 10:59 PM
I always thought Jar Jar would have worked better with a heavy Jersey accent. Maybe something "Sopranos" style or something.

10-27-2010, 02:48 AM
I've got love for the Binks. http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/cool.gif

11-07-2010, 06:58 PM
I liked Jar Jar in 1999 and I still like him now. Glad that Mr Best is back voicing the character too finally