A fan theory that speculates the much-hated Jar Jar Binks may in fact be a Sith Lord — if not the entire mastermind of the series — has been making the rounds on social media after it was posted on Reddit. It sounds like complete hogwash when introduced, but it's hard to argue with the evidence laid out in the original post.
"[Jar Jar] manages to convince us that he's a bumbling oaf in the midst of pitched battle ... even though he's always incredibly, amazingly successful," Reddit user Lumpawarroo wrote, "Whether single-handedly taking down a battledroid tank, or unleashing a barrage of boombas on their front lines, or precisely targeting multiple enemies with a blaster tangled around his ankle (!!!), we simply roll our eyes and attribute it to dumb 'luck.'"
The author of the theory asks us to remember what the original trilogy said about luck.
This theory changes the chief criticism of Jar Jar into a rather subtle use of evil abilities.
Consider: We hate the way Jar Jar influences major plot points for the same reason we hate his physicality- it messes with our sense of realism. Two experienced Jedi on a serious mission would never actually bring someone that stupid along with them. No character that idiotic would ever really be made a general. They certainly wouldn't be made a senator. How could anyone like Jar Jar really convince the entire galaxy to abandon democracy? That's ridiculous.
These things are just the political version of his physical "luck." Inadvertent, seemingly comical bumbling that just so happens to result in astoundingly positive results. But what if it isn't inadvertent, and what if Jar Jar's meteoric rise and inexplicable influence isn't the result of dumb happenstance, but the result of extensive and careful use of force mind powers?
The entire post, complete with examples, images and gifs, makes for a compelling read. It's also clearly bullshit used to justify a terrible movie.
No one involved in discussing this theory really believes that there is a secret folder marked "Darth Binks" hidden in the library of George Lucas, but it's fun to come up with a theory that creates such an airtight version of events while allowing us to maybe kind of begin to enjoy Episode One.
So is this theory true? Of course not. Is it fun to imagine it is? Of course.