Episode: "The Gungan General"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 1, Episode 12
Original Air Date: January 9, 2009
As I said last week, this story arc has a lot going for it. I like the pirates and in Part 2, there is some intrigue within their ranks, only adding to the fun. I also enjoy the interesting dynamic of Jedi and Sith in temporary, reluctant alliance. But I still feel like we're stuck in a pattern of prison escape stories. And let's not kid ourselves. There are issues with the Gungan.
I feel the intention with Jar Jar was good. Lucas wanted a character who would appeal to kids and who would provide comic relief. C-3PO's role in Episode I is minor and Jar Jar, to a point, fills the gap. But, silly as he can be, Threepio falls short of self-parody. It's nearly impossible to take Jar Jar seriously. Plus, there are the alleged racist overtones, equating Jar Jar with blackface caricatures. Both Lucas and actor Ahmed Best deny any ill intent but perception is in the eye of the beholder.
The message of "The Gungan General" is clear: give the guy a chance. Jar Jar definitely does not start off the episode on a good foot. His bumbling gets a couple of the good guys killed. But as Clone Trooper Commander Stone says, "He's smarter than he looks." Binks manages to devise a few clever and helpful tactics, perhaps reassuring us all that there's hope for the guy in the long run.
Ahmed Best played Jar Jar in the movies and in one previous Clone Wars episode. But he decided to take a break from the character to pursue other work. BJ Hughes performed the character for the first time in "The Gungan General."
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I don't love Jar Jar, but I certainly don't hate him. Mostly, I think he's fine, and there are some moments with him in TPM that really make me laugh. However, I hated him in this episode.The whole "he's smarter than he looks" feels like a way of forcing us to accept Jar Jar as something he's not.ReplyDelete
It feels like an attempt to prepare the audience for more Jar Jar stories in which we'll have to take him seriously. I don't know enough about the series yet to know if that's the case but that's how it feels.Delete
Jar Jar's around every once in a while. I don't remember being annoyed by too much Jar Jar or anything.Delete
We shall see. You clearly have a higher tolerance for him than I do.Delete
Was not that happy with him. He seems slapstick for no real reason other that to make little one laugh so over the top.ReplyDelete
I am quite dense many thing go right over my head with all the inside jokes and innuendo. We can be funny in our own simple ways.
But the way he speaks, it sounds like the way bullies speak when making fun of children with speech problems.
On some level, I think Lucas and company must have realized the character was a mistake. He is relegated to the background in episodes 2 and 3. Plus, he gets a bit of a scapegoat role in Palpatine's rise to power. But they brought him back for The Clone Wars when they really didn't have to...Delete
Lucas was completely right in creating Jar jar. Kid's love him. It's the adults that hate him and, (ironically enough) it's the adults that are Star Wars biggest fans. I found him irritating in the first film, but I've never hated him with the passion of most Star Wars fans. He plays a key role in the second and third film. Love him or hate him he's an enduring part of the films. Maybe he'll show up Episode 7. That would be amazing.ReplyDelete
Now you're just trying to scare me with this Ep 7 talk!Delete
Huh, I wonder how long lived Gungans are supposed to be. I've never looked that up.Delete
I do have to say, though, that my kids have always loved Jar Jar. And I still laugh EVERY TIME I watch that scene when Qui-Gon grabs his tongue.
Unsurprisingly, we are not the first to ponder the possibility. See here: http://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/55325/could-jar-jar-binks-live-long-enough-to-appear-in-the-next-star-wars-trilogy.Delete
That's rather amusing in all actuality.Delete
I think Jar Jar Jr. is the funniest suggestion.Delete