Jar Jar Binks, you either love him or hate him and lets face it the majority of Star Wars fans took a strong disliking to the Gungan.
Before we get into this please note:
THIS ARTICLE IS ALL THEORY AND SPECULATION AND COULD CONTAIN POSSIBLE SPOILERS.
Jar Jar was first introduced in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace as a clumsy fool whom had got banished from his underwater world Otoh Gunga on Naboo, We first meet Jar Jar during the invasion of Naboo which was led by the Trade Federation. Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn saved Jar Jar’s life upon reaching Naboo from being crushed by a Multi Troop Transport. By saving Binks life he now owed Qui-Gon Jinn a life debt, Binks insisted on aiding Obi Wan and Qui-Gon to contact Queen Amidala.
So here is the theory, What if Jar Jar Binks is a Sith Lord or was meant to be? With so many theories flying through the web this one might sound a bit far-fetched but once you read this, you might think different. Trust me.
As Jar Jar leads Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon to Otoh Gunga they come to Lake Paonga where Otoh Gunga lies beneath. As they prepare to enter the water Binks performs a 10 foot or more jump and flip and dives into the water. Seeing this first hand anybody would assume “Okay maybe the Gungans can just jump pretty high.”, but in saying that we don’t see any other Gungans perform this kind of jump. The only other characters we see make this sort of leap are Jedi or Sith.
As some of you are aware the Jedi fighting style is inspired by Shaolin monks; this can be largely seen through their style through out Episode 1-3. But here is where it gets interesting. There is a form of martial arts called Zacon. Zacon uses stumbling and staggering as body momentum to be deceptive unpredictable and confuse ones opponent. Whenever Jar Jar is in danger his ‘clumsiness’ seems to kick in and he comes out unharmed. A prime example would be the battle between the Gungans and the Trade Federation’s droid army. Jar Jar manages to get caught up on a droid while stumbling around causes the blaster to shoot taking out nearby droids. Another valid point is when Binks is thrown an EMP to disable the tank; he again stumbles nearly dropping the device, only to knock it straight onto the operator of said tank. Coincidence maybe but it makes you think.
While you can argue that it’s impossible, it’s dumb luck, yes I agree but with more observation and deep research a lot of evidence can be found. For example through out Episode 1 & 2, Jar Jar is seen in multiple scenes using hand movements. A common action which shows us when a Jedi Knight is using a mind trick like Ben Kenobi in Mos Eisley. There are key moments in the trilogy when we see this. When Jar Jar is appointed to Bombad General there is more of these hand gestures utilised. Now, maybe he just likes to talk with his hands but it does raise suspicion. In another scene between Padme and Jar Jar when he is appointed to Senator, and also when he persuades the Senate to give power to Senator Palpatine.
If you are still not convinced I have more, not that im trying to beat the idea down your throat, I was on the fence before but coming across all of this information has led me to believe that Jar Jar was meant to be a Dark Lord. At some point at least, or could still be. The most interesting video I came across shows Jar Jar mimicking the words other key characters are saying. Could he be using the force to control what they say? Take a look at the video.
As you can see Jar Jar, is clearly mimicking what the other characters are saying. How could Jar Jar possibly know what they are saying? These are key plot points in the prequels that pave the way for the majority of the main characters. Such as the introduction to a young Anakin Skywalker.
As the Jedi flee Naboo aboard Queen Amidalas ship, they have to break past the Trade Federations blockade. When they are attacked the shield generator is damaged. This leads to the R2 units attempting to repair it. If you watch closely in this scene you can see Jar Jar going straight for something in the corner, believed to be the hyper drive, R2 D2 notices Jar Jar fiddling with something and bumps into him causing him to stop. Shortly after R2D2 fixes the shield generator, the crew try to jump to hyper space but mysteriously the hyper drive is damaged. Thus diverting them to Tatooine, the desert planet in the Outer Rim where they find Anakin Skywalker! This can’t be by chance, that of all the planets nearby they choose to land on Tatooine, Qui-Gon even says when they meet Anakin “Our meeting was not a coincidence. Nothing happens by accident.”. So by Jar Jar damaging the hyper drive this caused them to meet Anakin, events that would set in stone the young boy’s future and the future of the galaxy.
So why would George Lucas create such a bizarre character, include him in so many important scenes but yet have JarJar as useful a chocolate tea-pot? Lets take a look at Jedi Master Yoda. Yoda first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back as a goofy irritable menace pestering Luke and testing his patience when he first landed on Dagobah. Yoda then reveals himself to be the powerful Jedi Luke was searching for. When asked about Yoda, George Lucas said:
“Yoda really comes from a tradition in mythological storytelling- fairy tales- of the hero finding a little creature on the side of that seems very insignificant and not very important, but who turns out to be the master wizard, or master thing” -George Lucas
Going by this, the Jar Jar theory it would make perfect sense. The prequels were intended to mirror and have the same narrative themes of the original trilogy. Going by what George Lucas said “finding a creature at the side of the road” which is Qui-Gon coming across Jar Jar on Naboo. “insignificant and not very important” perfectly describes Jar Jar’s clumsiness and his input to the mission.
So what if Lucas was going down the same route with Jar Jar? With more of a build up to keep the audience guessing who was the Dark Lord pulling the strings from the shadows.
So that is a lot of information to take in about an idiot being the most manipulative character in the saga. While it is not strange to find a Sith hiding in plain sight, it is the perfect cover surround yourself with the people you intend to betray and pull off a ridiculous personality to make your enemies none the wiser. We seen this with Senator Palpatine gaining his power and influence in the galactic senate surrounding himself with the enemy, building an army then turning the galaxy on the Jedi and control with an iron fist. It was the perfect sinister plan and it worked so why couldn’t it work for Jar Jar?
In a clip from behind the scenes of Star Wars, George Lucas says :
“Jar Jar is the key to all of this, If we can get Jar Jar working” -George Lucas
You can view the video yourself below.
(Credit: Dr. Guy)
So we might not see Jar Jar return in Episode VIII or IX or at all, ever, for that matter. However, this writer firmly believes that at one point Jar Jar Binks was destined to be a Dark Lord; but with the backlash Lucas received over the character, Lucas wrote him out of that plot line and replaced him with Count Dooku. Putting the theory aside to see Master Yoda and Jar Jar fighting would have been an incredible fight scene.
Another mentionable piece of evidence comes from the actor who played the role of Jar Jar (Ahmed Best) Ahmed took to his twitter on the 2nd of November 2015 to say his piece on the Jar Jar theory
I will say this, it feels really good when the hidden meaning behind the work is seen. No matter how long it takes. #TPM
— Ahmed BEst (@ahmedbest) November 2, 2015
This could be a cruel troll or maybe Ahmed is happy that the truth of his character has come to light! Another tweet by Ahmed reveals a once possible title for Star Wars Episode 2 with the caption
Now, do you get it? pic.twitter.com/T0UD3Hg68N
— Ahmed BEst (@ahmedbest) November 2, 2015
That is pretty amazing if it is true, but as it is all speculation and theories until Lucas himself confirms it. If you observe Jar Jar during the end of Episode 1 during Qui-Gon’s funeral, Jar Jar and Palpatine are seen standing side by side. While this might have been a seating arrangement, Yoda says to Mace Windu there are always two Sith. A Sith master and Sith apprentice. A camera close up of the two together is now seen as somewhat odd! Breaking into Episode 2 Jar Jar is seen following Palpatine everywhere. Also Palpatine and Jar Jar hail from the same planet of Naboo. Again that might be spot luck but as the great Obi-Wan Kenobi once said:
“In my experience there is no such thing as luck”
Jar Jar even convinces the Senate to give power to Palpatine. This would be a smart move if Jar Jar was the Sith Master to give power to his apprentice so he could control the galaxy from behind the scenes. According to the actor who played Jar Jar he explained that Lucas made BIG changes to the prequels because of backlash. While I could not find an exact quote or proof of this we will have to take that with a pinch of salt.
Through my days of digging through info on Jar Jar and scripts for the prequels I came across an interesting picture. We all know that the majority of Sith’s eyes are yellow! While there is no explanation for this one can only assume it is from drawing massive amounts of power from the dark side. We see this when Palpatine fights Mace Windu and shortly after Anakin turns dark. Now if you look at the photo below it is Sith members and all their eyes are a yellowy colour. You can argue that all Gungan’s eyes are that Sith yellow colour, it is questionable.
So lets recap, The theory is Lucas had intended on Jar Jar Binks on being the Sith Master and controlling the galaxy with Palpatine as his apprentice and possibly taking on Anakin Skywalker as his next apprentice, But due to serious backlash of his character Lucas abandoned the plot of Jar Jar being the ultimate manipulator.
There is so much information out there about this theory it would be near impossible to include it all in this article, ut with a bit of reading and searching you can find an unaccountable amount.
What do you think? Was Jar Jar originally meant to be a Sith Lord or could he still be written into the new movies?
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