The Dark Side doesn't discriminate
When you think of the most powerful and influential characters in the Star Wars universe, you think of Yoda, the Emperor, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…and Jar Jar Binks?
Yeah, remember that guy? The babbling, irritating Gungan we all wish we’d never even met in the first place? One new fan theory purports that there was much more to Jar Jar than dumb luck and a potentially very racist way of speaking. In fact, he might one of the biggest key players in the entire galaxy.
The theory, originally posted on Reddit and now making rounds across the Internet, brings up several key points that indicate Jar Jar served a much larger purpose than what the first three episodes ultimately portrayed.
Having read over the theory several times, I really started to wonder. After all, some of these arguments are just too solid to be ignored.
According to the fan theory, submitted to Reddit by Lumpawarroo, Jar Jar Binks is not all that he seems.
In fact, the Redditor believes that Jar Jar is a skilled Force user.
That would mean that, far from being one of the least popular movie characters of all time, Jar Jar is so powerful and deceitful that he even managed to full us, the audience that so chastised him.
Here’s Lumpawarroo’s reasoning…
Redditor Lumpawarroo makes the following major points in his argument. First, he insists that Jar Jar is actually a very skilled warrior, but that we fail to realize it because of his dumb and “clumsy” nature. Citing the wise Obi-Wan, Lumpawarroo reminds us “There’s no such thing as luck.”
Could it be that Jar Jar is actually so highly trained as to make himself always appear the brute ox we take him to be? The theory shows several examples of the martial arts form Zui Quan, which imitates drunk people in its style and form. Binks shows some uncanny examples of exactly this art throughout the movies. Suspicious.
Secondly, the Redditor asserts that Jar Jar exemplifies a mastery of Jedi mind control. The famous tricking somebody by telling them what to do, accompanied by a wave of the hands, was first exemplified to us by Obi-Wan in Mos Eisley.
Lumpawarroo points out several precise moments when Jar Jar uses his hands while convincing someone to do something for him, namely when he gets promoted to General, gets placed in the Senate, and when speaking before the Senate to end democracy in the galaxy. Personally I think Jar Jar just uses his hands a lot when he speaks, although in the first example, there seems to be a clear reaction from Boss Nass, as if he were suddenly brainwashed.
By this point, though, you can really start getting suspicious about Jar Jar, who entered the franchise with such importance but then slowly fizzled out due to the overwhelmingly negative reaction from fans and critics. In fact, the theorist behind this arrives at his third point by saying that if you start the series assuming that Jar Jar is a bad guy all along—perhaps even the “Phantom Menace” himself—then the pieces begin to fall together.