Jar Jar is the Gateway Drug to Star Wars

Like most Star Wars fans my age, I was an adult when The Phantom Menace was released and like my peers, I quickly grew to dislike Jar Jar Binks. When I first watched Episode I with my kids I was disappointed all over again.

Jar Jar Binks is the reason my kids liked Star Wars.

At first I was angry and would try to deter my kids from loving Jar Jar. I soon found I wasn’t the only dad in this predicament. In fact, just the other day this topic came up in the Dadbloggers Facebook group. It seems Lucas actually knew what he was doing in creating the character. Kids love Jar Jar. If you can hook them young, they’ll be fans for life. Jar Jar is the gateway drug to Star Wars.

There is a good chance my kids love Star Wars because I love Star Wars the same way a parent’s favourite sports team soon becomes their kids’ favourite sports team. Watching the movies and shows is a way for me to share a piece of my childhood and my current interests with my kids. Watching Star Wars together is also a great way for them to bond with dad. It is so cool to see them light up whenever they hear the opening lines of the theme music at the beginning of each episode. My love of the franchise can only go so far. If the shows weren’t good, the kids would soon lose interest.

Over the past couple years we’ve watched all the movies a couple times, every episode of Clone Wars, as many Ewoks and Droids episodes as we could find online, and we’re currently following Star Wars Rebels. My daughter (7) is beginning to think Jar Jar is too silly, but my son (4) still loves the lanky Gungan. My kids’ Star Wars fandom started with Jar Jar Binks.  In this case, I guess the end justifies the means. My kids love Star Wars and that makes me very happy. Yes, we are very excited about seeing Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.

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