I don't know about you - but I was immensely disappointed with Episode One of the new Star Wars trilogy. One of the most annoying facets of this was the horrid characterisation of Jar Jar Binks, which I gather has become something of a swear word these days.

I came across this essay on that character, and was intrigued by what it had to say and how this application of folklore structure worked in The Phantom Menace. I could see that in the other trilogy, but hadn't given this film much thought. It actually may provide a good reason to hang out for the next couple of films!

What do you think?



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