A prequel Jedi appears in episode 4 of ''The Acolyte''

Is this a contradiction with "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace"?

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This article contains spoilers for episode 4 of "Star Wars: The Acolyte", "Day".

Ki-Adi-Mundi appears in episode 4 of "Star Wars: The Acolyte" Ki-Adi-Mundi makes a guest appearance in episode 4 of "Star Wars: The Acolyte", "Day". He is a long-headed Cerean male. He fought in the First and Second Battles of Geonosis. In the Battle of Mygeeto, he led clone troopers on a charge, but in the background, Palpatine issues "Order 66". Despite his brave charge, the soldiers did not follow him, and when he turned around to see what was going on, he was hit by concentrated fire from the troopers and died.

At the beginning of episode 4 of "The Acolyte", the Jedi are gathered around a table discussing the identity of the mysterious assassin May. Ki-Adi-Mundi, who saw May on a hologram, was suspicious of her knowledge of tactics, yet the identity of her master was unknown, and warned her that "this girl is a threat." When Vernestra Law pointed out that one of the Jedi may have trained her, he, a dogmatist, recommended that they appeal to the Council, but he was told that this would require a report to the Senate, which would lead to a scandal for the Jedi. In the end, the Jedi decided to "deal with it among themselves," but this scene shows the ad hoc response and laissez-faire attitude that are one of the reasons for the weakening of the Jedi Order.

In the movie, he has white eyebrows and a beard, but this time he is a little younger and has brownish hair. In previous movies, an actor named Silas Carson played the role of Nute Gunray, but this time he is played by a different actor named Derek Arnold. Arnold has previously appeared in Star Wars films, including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) in which he played Paodocdrabatakat, a soldier who served in the Battle of Scarif.

In fact, there is a slight possibility of inconsistency in Ki-Adi-Mundi's appearance in The Acolyte. When Qui-Gon Jinn reported to the Council about the attack by the Dark Lord of the Sith (Darth Maul) in The Phantom Menace, it was none other than Ki-Adi-Mundi who responded, "That's impossible. The Sith should have been extinct 1000 years ago." The Acolyte is being promoted as a series depicting the rise of the Sith. If the Jedi pursue Mei in a later episode and the identity of her mysterious master turns out to be a Sith, then what was the meaning of Ki-Ati-Mundi's line in The Phantom Menace?

However, he did not accompany Master Sol and his crew on their investigation mission. Perhaps Sol and the other Jedi will become aware of the existence of the Sith but hide this fact from the other Jedi...?

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