And here we go. The most hated character in the Star Wars universe, Jar Jar Binks.
George Lucas’ argument is Jar Jar is a character for kids which is why adults don’t like it. He thinks they don’t want to admit the truth. No, Jar Jar is just a bad character. There are lots of characters that may be for kids that still resonate with adults. Think of any number of Pixar characters as examples. Jar Jar? Not at all.
You could make the argument that Jar Jar encapsulates everything that is wrong with the prequels. The Phantom Menace should have been a great story showcasing the origins of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, but instead it is turned into nightmare because of Jar Jar Binks.
Jar Jar Binks, the real phantom menace.
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” –Genesis 3:15 (ESV)
This verse came to mind when thinking about Jar Jar and the birth of Jesus. This verse from Genesis is called the protoevangelium, which means the “first Gospel”. It is the first prophecy/announcement of Jesus. This happens right after the fall in the Garden of Eden, when God curses Satan. God announces the coming of Christ to the one who came to steak, kill and destroy. There will be hostility between Satan and Jesus. Satan will injure Jesus, but Jesus will kill Satan.
Jar Jar is like Satan. Satan was cursed and kicked out of heaven, while Jar Jar was banished from his home. Satan is here to kill, steal and destroy, and Qui Gon Jinn says of Jar Jar, “You almost got us killed!” Satan and sin is often referred to as darkness in the Bible, and Jesus is referred to as light. Jar Jar does not like the light. “The sun doin’ murder to mesa skin.” Yes, the light killing the darkness.
There is hostility toward Jar Jar. Jar Jar has tainted the Star Wars experience for many fans, but the overall narrative of the Star Wars story stamps out anything Jar Jar would do to further harm the story.
While one can only wonder what it was like to hear the heavenly host of angels proclaim Jesus had been born. I’m sure it was powerful and uplifting, piercing the darkness to bring forth light to the world. Much like a certain musical number that announced to people around the world that Star Wars was here.