The Acolyte Asks A 19-Year-Old Sith Question That Might Never Be Answered

A 19-year-old query concerning the Jedi’s previous conflict with the Sith is brought up by the Acolyte. The Acolyte gives important background information on why the Jedi perished at the end of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. The story takes set during the High Republic era, a period of the Star Wars history that occurs a few millennia before the Star Wars prequel trilogy. In addition to the haughty, conceited, and overly involved politics that the Jedi displayed in Star Wars, the Sith’s millennium-long conflict with the Jedi also played a significant part.

The Acolyte appears to disprove the prequel era Jedi’s belief—or what they were told to believe—that the Sith had been extinct for more than a millennium. It is revealed that Mae’s dark side Master is Qimir (Manny Jacinto) in The Acolyte episode 5, “Night.” The show has not yet concluded if Qimir is a true Sith Lord because he does not have a Darth name, but his brutal battle with the Jedi—especially Master Sol (Lee Jung-jae)—highlights one of the greatest mysteries facing the Jedi Order.

Qimir is an incredibly brutal combatant. With just his two red lightsabers, the Force, and his helmet and gauntlet imbued with cortosis, he dispatches a dozen Jedi with ease. Only Sol, who comes dangerously close to losing himself in the process, really prevails against him. There’s a point in the episode where it’s evident that Sol wants to kill Qimir to put a stop to this so-called Sith Lord’s danger, but Osha (Amandla Stenberg), his former Padawan, reminds him that killing is not the Jedi way.

Eventually, Sol gives in and returns to the light, reminding himself that the Jedi do not harm the defenceless by quoting the Jedi Code. The encounter between Mace Windu and Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith and this scenario are uncannily identical. After gaining the upper hand against Palpatine, Mace resolves to end his life permanently. He informs Anakin, who has come to Palpatine’s office in time to stop Windu, that Palpatine is too dangerous a man to be allowed alive since he not only leads the Republic’s government in its totality but also because he is a Sith.

These scenes are fascinating reflections of one another. The Jedi in question have the chance to eliminate a grave threat from the galaxy in both instances, but they ultimately choose not to act because they remember their pledge to uphold the Jedi Code before they can deliver the final blow. But was that really the best course of action for the security of the galaxy? The Jedi ought to be prepared to go above and beyond for the benefit of all.

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