Welcome to 31 Days of Star Wars! As this is a new blog I thought this would be the perfect way for you to get to know me a bit by answering a different question about my Star Wars preferences each day in March. Today’s subject is…
A Character I Dislike
This is very much something that has changed as I have got older. Back as a kid I used to like Jar Jar and for some reason didn’t like Chewbacca! Things have sorted themselves out as I’ve got older now and Chewie gets the love he deserves, while I find it very hard to tolerate Jar Jar Binks.
Jar Jar is the clearest indication that in George Lucas’ mind the Star Wars films are for children. I have nothing against the idea of a clumsier character and a race that talks a little differently – we put up with Yoda’s speech don’t we? – but Jar Jar is just too silly! Fart jokes with Eopies and stepping in piles of poo is just too much. He does have some good moments but the bad ones outweigh them too much.
I can’t help but wonder if there is something to the theory that Jar Jar was intended to be a Sith Lord but that following the negative response to him George Lucas chose to go down a different route. I like that we get an answer as to what happened to Jar Jar in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath: Empire’s End, even if it is just one chapter that he features in.
Who is your least favourite character? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and May the Force be with you…