It occurs to me every time I watch the Red Letter Media review that Plinkett is wrong when he says there is no main character in TPM.
Jar Jar Binks is the main character - the problem is noone wants to admit it.
Consider this - Jar Jar begins the film displaced, a sad bumbling fool who wishes to return to the home he's been exiled from. On top of that, now his planet is being invaded by the trade federation. Suddenly, two wise Jedi show up and instantly give him an opportunity to make a difference by leading them to his home. The Jedi have saved his life, and he is now their servant, giving him a solid reason he has to tag along. We learn that the Naboo and the Gungans don't get along. In the sub ride, we learn more of Jar Jar's back story.
Suddenly, they've saved the Queen and shot off into space. They land on Tatooine, where Jar Jar befriends a young slave boy, attempts to help with a few things, and continues to struggle with his inadequacies. The boy saves the day (as Jar Jar cheers), and they head to Coruscant.
The Queen decides to return home when she can't get help on Coruscant, and Jar Jar is excited to go back. But there's a twist. The Queen has a plan, and she wants Jar Jar's help!
They get back, and Jar Jar helps find the rest of the Gungans. This meeting begins deplomacy between the nations and Jar Jar almost single handedly brings them together, burying the feud.
Jar Jar is now recognized as a hero among his people, and promoted to General. He then helps lead his people against the battle droids, a battle which is ultimately won. He has now regained his place among his people, united the Naboo and the Gungans, and helped save the planet (and helped the jedi in their mission, resolving his debt) - he is among those most highly honored in the final parade.
... That, folks... is a decent narrative, focused on a kid friendly protagonist. And it spans the entire film.
MY PLAN: I'm going to create an edit that, rather than get rid of Jar Jar, embraces him in a way that creates a children's film. Most of the politics will be gone, along with quite a bit of Anakin's back story. Darth Maul may not even show up in the film. I think it's possible, and could actually make a decent film, if mapped out right.
Any thoughts, suggestions?
Some people call them Force Ghosts. I call them Midichlorian Swarms.