1. Jar Jar Binks
I know, I know, but please stick with me here. Jar Jar Binks may be a lot of things to a lot of people but a major reason for the fall of the Empire? A hero to the Galaxy? Surely not. Well, my friends, he is. Now, this theory comes straight from the brilliant mind of StarWars.com writer and Full of Sith co-host Bryan Young and I hope I do his incredible theory justice as I explain it.
Jar Jar Binks in a round about sort of way, helped the Rebel Alliance win the Battle of Endor. How I hear you ask? Well let’s break it down. When Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon are talking with Boss Nass in the Gungan city, Jar Jar asks for help as he is set to be punished for returning to the underwater city. Qui-Gon sees value in Jar Jar so negotiates with Boss Nass for Jar Jar’s freedom. Obi-Wan’s reaction was just a dismissive “we are running late” remark, implying he didn’t care what happened to their Gungan guide, and saw no value in keeping him around.
Now, fast forward to the ending of Episode 1 and I bet you Obi-Wan had completely changed his mind as Jar Jar, in his own way, introduced the prophecized Chosen One to the Jedi. Still with me? I bet you’re asking what the hell this has to do with Endor? Well, Jar Jar bless him, is a bit of a clown. Think, how did Yoda act when he first encountered Luke? Like a small minded, indigenous clown. Yoda was teaching the lesson of humility that Obi-Wan learned from Qui-Gon. So, after Luke had learned this lesson how did he react when the Ewoks captured the Rebel strike team he was a part of? Did he let Han shoot their way out of the trap? No, Luke heeded the lesson he had learned through Yoda. The result, the Ewok’s surprise attack on the Empire caught them completely off guard and Han and his team managed to blow the shield generator protecting the Death Star II. So in closing, the Rebels managed to defeat the Empire thanks to a Jedi Master seeing the importance in all creatures.
Until next time remember, peace is a lie and may the Force be with you.