Was Jar Jar Binks a Jedi?

4. Jar Jar Is the Perfect Deus Ex Machina

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Examples: Jar Jar tricking the Jedi into traveling through the planet core (so that they need him). Jar Jar carefully causing a scene so that they run into Anakin. Jar Jar constantly mocking Qui-Gon behind his back while Anakin is watching (so that Anakin learns disrespect for Jedi authority early on). Jar Jar telling an 8 year old child that the queen is “pretty hot,” fanning the flames of the child’s infatuation that is exploited later on. I could go on.

What makes this theory so tempting to believe is that it takes a bunch of infuriating moments in the prequels and turns them into well-crafted, subtle plot points. Namely, anything Jar Jar Binks does that seems to magically work out for script reasons becomes a  tapestry of story advancement woven by a true mastermind.

 

5. The Palpatine Connection is Strong with this One

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This part of the theory points a finger directly at Jar Jar Binks being a co-conspirator with the emperor. For starters, Palpatine and Jar Jar Binks come from the same planet. The theory’s author also points out:

But that’s just speculation. Let’s stick to what we know– what we know is that even after Palpatine is elected as Chancellor, years after Jar Jar has been “tricked” into helping elect him, Palpatine still hangs out with Jar Jar in RotS.. Why? Wouldn’t he be a constant source of public embarrassment? This is the same character who can’t walk five yards without stepping in poodoo or squealing like a rabid donkey, right? What use does he have now? Why is he still at the right hand of the most powerful person in the galaxy? Could it be that in fact Jar Jar is the most powerful person in the galaxy?

This paints Jar Jar as sort of an evil version of Yoda, in that he uses his forceful tricks to mastermind the rise of the dark side. But that would require George Lucas to intentionally structure his prequels to reflect this, and have there really been any hints dropped by Lucas that this was his intention?

6. George Lucas Dropped Hints

Jar Jar and Lucas

Yes, there have been. One of the themes Lucas discussed when creating the prequels, was that they have structure quite similar to the original trilogy. Heck, he didn’t even have to say it: From Lost to Dante’s Inferno, mirroring past events and flow is an intrinsic part of creating fiction. Knowing this, George Lucas’ comments about Yoda become much more significant:

Yoda really comes from a tradition in mythological storytelling- fairy tales- of the hero finding a little creature on the side of the road that seems very insignificant and not very important, but who turns out to be the master wizard, or the master thing…

This description is practically a giant red arrow flashing at Jar Jar Binks. Not too mention he kind of looks weird in ways similar to Yoda: Reptilian, speaks in a silly deviation of English, a throaty-sounding voice.

So now that all the pieces have been placed to form a clear picture, only one question remains: If Jar Jar was a Jedi, why was this never revealed?

According to the author of the theory, “Lucas chickened out.” He postulates that the overwhelmingly negative backlash to the character caused Lucas to take the story in a different direction. While that probably places a little more weight on fan opinion than Lucas is known for, it does have a ring of plausibility.

The comments themselves are as fascinating as the theory:

  • So the title of Phantom Menace refers to Jar Jar then? He was the real menace all along?
  • I honestly think you’re the one who is the evil Sith manupulator, trying to get us to rewatch the prequels just to focus on Jar Jar.
  • On the off chance you’re right about this, what a damned shame that Lucas chickened out. Jar Jar being revealed as Evil Yoda in the second movie would’ve retroactively redeemed so much of TPM… Honestly, even if you’re not right, you’ve written a much better version of the prequels than what we got.
  • The first thing Jar Jar says on Tattooine is, this sun is doing murder to meesa skin. He’s aquatic. Why the hell is he going with QG and R2 to the city to find parts? QG seems appalled at the idea of taking Padme, so why is he cool with taking the clumsy/bumbling Jar Jar? Perhaps because Jar Jar contrived to be there.

So, there it is, loyal readers. What do you think? Was Jar Jar supposed to be the mastermind of the prequel trilogy? Will this be a stunning reveal in TFA? We can only hope that it is, as this reveal would be as big in magnitude as “I am your father.” However, like all fan theories, there are some points where the conclusions are weaker than they could be. Feel free to present any sound arguments against this theory in the comments.

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