We've read a lot of crazy internet theories in our day, but this latest one, about a much-maligned character from the "Star Wars" prequels potentially being the most cunning and evil being in the entire galaxy, might be the most insane. Or is it?
The theory comes courtesy of a Reddit user (really, could it come from anywhere else?) named Lumpawarroo, who claims that Jar Jar Binks may in fact be more than just a clumsy simpleton who was a painfully unfunny (and some say racist) attempt at comic relief who never should have inhabited the "Star Wars" universe in the first place. But what if, Lumpawarroo asks, that was all a ruse? What if Jar Jar was not only a Force user, but a skilled fighter, master of mind control, and in fact the person behind the rise of the evil Emperor Palpatine?
Okay, you can stop laughing now. It sounds pretty ridiculous, right? Well, Lumpawarroo understands your reaction, and he's ready to make his case. In an insanely long, rambling, and ridiculously detailed post, the Redditor outlines the reasoning behind his theory, which involves Jar Jar simply pretending to be a complete buffoon in order to make himself seem less threatening. He gets people like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn -- people who really should know better -- to not only trust him, but allow him to be their sidekick and guide, through the use of the Force's mind control (a trick he also employs to get elected to the Galactic Senate). All those slapsticky pratfalls and bumbling "lucky" breaks? They're actually a form of martial arts known as Drunken Fist, and it turns out Jar Jar's a master.
If you're still with us here (and really, we wouldn't blame you if you weren't), Lumpawarroo saves his biggest piece of evidence for last. George Lucas, he explains, had always meant for the prequels to mirror the events of the original trilogy, so that "The Phantom Menace" would closely follow the plot of "Return of the Jedi," "Attack of the Clones" would mimic "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Revenge of the Sith" would mirror "A New Hope." In "Empire," Lucas introduced Yoda, who's initially portrayed as a silly little character who inhabits Dagobah and bothers Luke Skywalker, before revealing himself to be a Jedi master. As Lumpawarroo explains:
Here's what I think happened: I think that Jar Jar was initially intended to be the prequel (and Dark Side) equivalent of Yoda. Just as Yoda has his "big reveal" when we learn that his tottering, geriatric goofball persona is just a mask, Jar Jar was intended to have a big reveal in Episode II or III where we learn that he's not really a naive dope, but rather a master puppeteer Sith in league with (or perhaps in charge of) Palpatine.
Whoa. That's a tall order. But after reading Lumpawarroo's evidence (and really, if you've made it this far, you should check out the entire thing), it kind of makes sense. Lucas was no doubt embarrassed by moviegoers' intense dislike of Jar Jar, Lumpawarroo explains, and thus eventually scuttled those plans, shoehorning in Count Dooku as the villain in "Attack of the Clones." But what if Disney -- wanting to build upon the branding that was already established by the prequels, and cater to the younger generation that grew up with those films -- had plans to revive that idea after all? Lumpawarroo thinks it's possible, and lays down his ultimate theory: that Jar Jar will in fact be revealed to be the mysterious new character played by Andy Serkis, Supreme Leader Snoke, in "The Force Awakens."
We don't really know anything about Snoke so far, though his noble title suggests he's playing a villain. And from the one photo of a mo-cap-equipped Serkis that we've seen, there does appear to be an odd appendage on his head, which, if you squint, suggests the shape of Jar Jar's head and ears.
It's huge leap, for sure, though we have to say, if true, it would be pretty brilliant. Also, Lucasfilm should probably hire Lumpawarroo as a researcher or consultant, since he's proven himself an expert at picking up on the most minute details in the "Star Wars" universe.
We'll find out if he's right when "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" hits theaters on December 18. We'll keep our tinfoil hats handy until then.
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