There was a time when Gungans didn’t exist.
But if you’re like me, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to remember what that was like. In fact, I find it almost impossible to remember Star Wars the way it was. Another George – Orwell, not Lucas – once wrote that “he who controls the present controls the past”, and that was the problem. For too long the history of that galaxy far, far away was at the mercy of an incurable revisionist, someone who didn’t mind treading on the memories of others. This persona of the meddlesome tinker, however, masked a more embarrassing reality, I believe – and it’s that despite being both the creator and custodian of this universe, Lucas never really got what made it so special.