…to propose that Jar Jar was an evil genius, one has to accept that Lucas himself was a genius as well. Lumpawarroo portrays the director as a master manipulator, subtly planting almost unnoticeable details into battle scenes and dialogue sequences alike. In his auteurish ingenuity, he somehow managed to do so without letting the armies of animators and designers who worked on the films realize what he was up to. If you believe this narrative, Lucas was far subtler, and far more devious, than anyone realized, even as he remained almost comically clumsy. Lumpawarroo thereby leaves us with Schrödinger’s Lucas, a creature suspended in creative superposition, simultaneously brilliant and foolish.
But in reality, George Lucas has always been a good-natured idiot who stumbled into something larger than himself, screwing it up along the way but still getting to join in the celebration when it’s all over. This is, of course, also the role that Jar Jar plays throughout the prequel trilogy.
Jacob Brogan, “No, Jar Jar Binks Is Not an Evil Genius. But Here’s Why Some Star Wars Fans Love That Theory.”, Browbeat: Slate’s Culture Blog (2 November 2015) [http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/11/02/darth_jar_jar_theory_it_s_ridiculous_but_it_says_a_lot_about_how_star_wars.html]