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Disney+ Is Bringing Back Jar Jar Binks For 'Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge'... Sort Of

By Jodi Smith | TV | December 3, 2019 |

By Jodi Smith | TV | December 3, 2019 |


Disney+ is scoring big points with Star Wars fans for their live-action original show The Mandalorian. Obviously the internet is in absolute love with Baby Yoda/The Child, but the show itself is well-made and fantastic. People are buzzing about the franchise online and immersing themselves in Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World, so of course, the House of Mouse had to take the next step:

A game show! A Star Wars game show!

Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge will allow young contestants to prove they have what it takes to be a master Jedi warrior by completing physical challenges involving franchise staples like lightsabers. From hyperspace to star cruisers, contestants use “core Jedi principles of strength, knowledge, and bravery as they face thrilling and fun obstacles in an attempt to achieve the rank of Jedi Knight!

The host and Jedi Master of Jedi Temple Challenge is none other than Ahmed Best, Jar Jar Binks from the prequel trilogy. Although he isn’t dressed as the Gungan -as far as I can tell- I believe that this appointment as a Jedi Master and mentor to the young Padawan is confirmation that Jar jar is, in fact, also a Jedi. Joining him is a robot companion (Mary Holland) and the two likely banter, help the contestants, and other things.

I’m thinking a Legends of the Hidden Temple with better graphics, less hopping and climbing, and more using the force and lightsabers. That’s not to say that Jedi Temple Challenge will be like other game shows we’ve seen before, just that they can only do so much -even if they are bankrolled by Disney.

I would, however, like to see some cameos from Baby Yoda, Zombie Salacious Crumb, and some Jedi ghosts if at all possible. Maybe Padme’s spirit can caution contestants about marrying a guy you met when you were, what? Early twenties and he was 8? Those always end in death during childbirth of twins. Every. Time.

Jedi Temple Challenge starts streaming only on Disney+ next year.

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

Image sources (in order of posting): Disney, LucasFilm