Jar Jar and the cost of conflict on the common people

One of the key things that marks the Disney era of Star Wars out from what came before is its willingness to put everyday heroes front and centre: a shuttle pilot, a stormtrooper, an engineer etc. Compared with the Jedi, senators and royalty that dominate so much of the saga, these are nobodies caught up in the galaxy’s shifting socio-political tides. The Jedi served to protect the Republic as an…