There’s a fair bit of Jar-Jar discussion going on; veriond
posted a defence of Gungan language
, and fialleril
has a poll
on what aspect of Mr. Binks you find the most irritating – and there’s so many to choose from!
So obviously I thought I’d throw my two cents in…
Jar-Jar never actually bothered me that much when TPM originally came out; I suspect largely due to lowered expectations. Most of the reviews of TPM insisted Jar-Jar was ‘completely unwatchable’, rather than just ‘mildly irritating’. Of course, these were the same reviews that insisted that the Pod-Racing scene was ‘the highlight of the movie’ and not ‘that bit that goes on for, like, five times longer than it has any right to’… Personally, I think the most irritating aspect of Jar-Jar is that he’s constantly in motion, which is fine when he’s the focus of the scene, but when the scene’s not about him, having him constantly jumping up and down like a hyperactive ferret is pretty distracting… not as bad as all the CGI droids and rontos and god knows what else that constantly wander in front of the camera in the Special edition of Mos Eisley, but it would be nice if Mr. Lucas would let CGI characters just sit still occasionally…
In my mind, the real problem with Jar-Jar doesn’t develop until AotC and RotS where he’s… well, largely absent. I don’t know whether the backlash against the character led to a reduced role for him, or whether he was always supposed to have a very minor role after TPM, but it results in an odd character arc. He ends up being the only major Prequel character who survives RotS but doesn’t appear in the OT, and while I’m not saying I’d prefer it if he’d died, some indication of what happened to him and where he ended up would be nice…*