That is until the offshoot animated series The Clone Wars started getting popular and the writers, one of whom is Lucas' daughter, decided they needed to revive the character and transform him from a mild-mannered, laconic opera-goer into Liam Neeson's character from Taken:
"I have a particular set of PEW PEW PEW PEW."
In the Clone Wars episode " Sphere Of Influence," the hitherto unnamed politician that no one gave a shit about is brought front-and-center when his daughters are kidnapped and taken to Tatooine over a trade dispute, because in this entire goddamned galaxy there are only five planets and three reasons to have an argument. Notluwiski Papanoida (that's his name) flies to Tatooine, where he talks to Jabba, threatens Greedo (there are also only 15 people in the galaxy), and eventually uncovers his daughters' whereabouts. In the finale, he battles an entire room of armed assassins and manages to kill them all before returning home to disappear from the series as pointlessly as he arrived.
Which is dumb and bad and also stupid. But it's still only a setup for the real crime: