A new theory redeems one of the worst characters in cinematic history. Recently, an interesting theory appeared on Reddit that set the Star Wars universe abuzz. It gave a well-thought out answer to the burning question of “was Jar Jar Binks a Jedi?” We go over the finer points.
1. There’s No Such Thing as Luck
Jar Jar Binks is amazingly successful in battle. The way things are presented, it comes off as pure dumbfounded chance, however we know that there’s more to the Star Wars universe than that. The theorist Redditor, Lumpawarroo, also cites this Jar Jar Binks’ acrobatic move as proof there’s more grace to the character than is given credit. The poster goes on to add:
I posit that, instead, this is a deliberate facade on the part of Jar Jar as a character, and on the part of the writers and animators. As we know, the Jedi themselves are inspired by Shaolin Monks, and there’s a particular kung fu discipline that Jar Jar’s physicality is purposefully modeled upon which allows him to appear goofy and uncoordinated even as he lays waste to his enemies; namely, Zui Quan, or Drunken Fist wushu. This discipline seeks to imitate the “sloshing,” seemingly random foibles of a drunkard, but in reality the staggering and stumbling is the use of bodily momentum, deception, and unpredictability intended to lure and confuse opponents.
It makes sense. After all, part of the reason behind the Jar Jar Binks ire is that he is so unrealistic: There’s no way anyone could be that lucky.
2. His Moves Defy Standard Physics
Take a look at this scene. Binks attempts a balcony leap but trips up. However, while the enemy is firing at his supposed position, he drops down from a different balcony. How is such a move even possible without using the force. This is a key point to the theory: Jar Jar’s doofus personality is just a smoke screen.The user cites two other places where we’ve seen this move done effectively by a Jedi, including here. It certainly seems more plausible that Jar Jar has got some sort of power going on, rather than he’s a bumbling idiot who just happens to be included on important missions.
3. It’s Not Bad Writing, It’s Mind Control
Consider: We hate the way Jar Jar influences major plot points for the same reason we hate his physicality- it messes with our sense of realism. Two experienced Jedi on a serious mission would never actually bring someone that stupid along with them. No character that idiotic would ever really be made a general. They certainly wouldn’t be made a senator. How could anyone like Jar Jar really convince the entire galaxy to abandon democracy? That’s ridiculous.
These things are just the political version of his physical “luck.” Inadvertent, seemingly comical bumbling that just so happens to result in astoundingly positive results. But what if it isn’t inadvertant, and what if Jar Jar’s meteoric rise and inexplicable influence isn’t the result of dumb happenstance, but the result of extensive and careful use of force mind powers?
One of the classic accoutrements of Jedi mind tricks is the hand wave. The Reddit post cites three separate examples of this: Jar Jar receiving a promotion, becoming a senator, and swaying the opinion of the entire Galactic Senate. Sure, characters wave their hands all the time, but if this is a subtle nod to Jar Jar’s powers, then all of the dominoes seem to line up.