With more and more information slowly leaking out about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there are plenty of things that have us excited about Episode VIII coming out this December. But not everything is coming up roses for Star Wars and Disney, as some across the internet have begun to show concern about one aspect of the movie: the Porgs. The adorable little creatures, seemingly a cross between a penguin and a puffin, were recently featured in a Star Wars sneak peak in Entertainment Weekly.
Maybe the angst will be all for nothing, with the little guys playing a minor role on the movie. But you can’t blame fans for being a bit nervous, given the franchise’s history with characters meant to do nothing but draw in kids and sell toys. Sometimes it works — nobody complained about BB-8, for example — but when it’s bad, it’s so bad.
Sure, the Porgs look pretty darn cute. But there’s a strong possibility that Disney and The Last Jedi could be making a big mistake. We looked back at a few examples from the previous films.
Jar Jar Binks
We decided to start out with the biggest and most obvious blunder: Jar Jar Binks. George Lucas had full creative control over Star Wars at the time that he wrote the prequels, with few others in his ear telling him “no” on certain ideas. That’s how we ended up with Jar Jar, the uncoordinated, nonsense-talking Gungan from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Among the many problems with the film, Jar Jar was the most egregious, ranging anywhere from annoying to somewhat racist.
Fans were absolutely outraged over the character, trashing The Phantom Menace on the internet for being such a massive letdown following the 16-year wait between Star Wars movies. Lucas heard the complaints, for what it’s worth, cutting Jar Jar down to just a handful of lines in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and not even having him speak in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.