In light of the Holiday Season, namely Thanksgiving, I thought it would only be befitting if I found a way to give “thanks” and what better way than to highlight some Star Wars characters that are lacking in the “thank you” department. And trust me I could think of more, way more characters to thank than just the ones I am about to list on this blog. So what I am waiting for? Let’s get started!
Jay’s Galactic Espressions
In Honor of National Bullying Prevention Month
Albert Einstein wrote, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” (1)
Awkward in social situations. Body parts on a seemingly ridiculously large-scale. Clumsy at all the wrong times. Shunned by people you thought were your friends, for a reason you don’t really understand.
Sounds like I’m describing Jar Jar Binks to a tee, right?
The fifth episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars in canonical order is “Supply Lines” from Season 3, Episode 3 (3:3). Technically, it’s considered the prequel to “Ambush”, as well as the Ryloth trilogy from the end of the first season. It’s a politically fueled episode, with a blockade as the MacGuffin, which brings Bail Organa, Jar Jar Binks, Cham Syndulla, and a slew of new characters into the mix. Sacrifice, loyalty, and deception play important roles here, and while it’s not one of my favorite episodes, it’s not without merit. Of immediate significance, this is the first episode of the series where we see the death of a Jedi; it is a haunting harbinger of Order 66.
Young, impressionable Anakin Skywalker’s feelings are molded by Palpatine’s words, particularly those that speak of Anakin’s greatness and the Council’s foolishness. Anakin would be around his 20s in the time of The Clone Wars, and while he does have a vast amount of life experience, he also has seen a great amount of success, which can only stroke one’s natural youthful ego. Palpatine plays directly into this attitude.
The Force has awakened. The Star Wars era seems to have truly begun. Yet far from the machinations of the past, we must not stray. For where we come from leads to where we are going, and where we are going will bring more nuance to where we have been. Where then, have we been? We have been, through both the prequel and original trilogy, in the story that is the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker.
This has, I believe, too often been forgotten. Numerous reasons make this so, ranging from the disdain for the prequels, to the vastness of the Star Wars galaxy, the apparent need to separate the prequels from the original trilogy, and, as of late, the emphasis on the practical effects that are being so greatly promoted as a part of the sequel trilogy.
SCOTT’S SABER STRIKES:
How Jar Jar Binks & Ewoks Legitimately Fit Into Star Wars
As geeks, we are passionate about the things we love – especially movies & franchises. With that comes the ability to be fanatical about things we dislike, and we can get really creative in expressing the hate.
In the Star Wars fandom, very few things can get a geek riled up more than the words “Ewoks” or “Jar Jar Binks”. Sure enough, over the years I’ve seen the hatred for these two expressed in different ways, ranging from the Robot Chicken Star Wars special featuring Boba Fett mowing down Ewoks or a fan at a convention holding a serving platter with Jar Jar’s head on it.
Welcome to A Cup of Clone Wars, where Coffee With Kenobi examines Star Wars: The Clone Wars through a critical lens. On today’s show, we discuss Parts I & II of The Disappeared from Season 6, featuring Jar Jar Binks and Mace Windu. Laird Malamed of the Indy Cast and Chris Hamilton from Star Wars Kidscast. join us as we look at these two polarizing characters, as well as the nature of the Force, Mother Talzin, and Indiana Jones references. This is the Podcast You’re Looking For!