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The Acolytes Opening Repeats Obi-Wans Oldest Lie

Warning! This article contains SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Acolyte episode 1.


Summary

  • The Acolyte insists that there was peace in the High Republic era, though there were conflicts that went against the Jedi’s narrative.
  • The Nihil vs. Jedi conflict showcases a different side of the supposedly peaceful era, with battles and galaxy-wide unrest.
  • The Acolyte TV series delves into Jedi deception and raises questions about the true meaning of “peace” in the Star Wars universe.


The newest Star Wars series, The Acolyte, has introduced the general Star Wars audience to the High Republic, an era never-before-seen in live action – and with it, a lie from the original Star Wars trilogy. This era was considered to be an age of peace and justice, with the galaxy firmly under the reign of the Galactic Republic, the same government seen later on in the prequel trilogy and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This era of peace, however, was not exactly as peaceful as some have led others to believe.

In the beginning of The Acolyte episode 1, several lines of blue text appear over a field of stars, akin to the “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” This information acts similarly to the opening text crawls as seen in Star Wars movies, and is very much like the opening to Solo: A Star Wars Story. In this text, the Republic is described as having not seen war for generations, and this is similar to how Obi-Wan describes the Republic in A New Hope, as a golden age of peace – but this is technically a lie.


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The High Republic Has Revealed A Time Conflict Blazed Across The Galaxy

The Nihil Fought The Jedi Order & Republic

The High Republic era was first explored in 2021, in The High Republic books and comics, which take place 100 years before The Acolyte. A majority of those books actually document a semi-large scale conflict happening in the galaxy. The Jedi Order & Republic are up against the Nihil – a group of pirate marauders bent on destroying the Jedi out of a generations-long need for revenge spurred on by their leader, Marchion Ro.


This conflict flared up over the course of over 4 years, with the Jedi and local defense forces of Republic planets up against a whole fleet of Nihil ships. The Nihil generally operated in a less formal sense, giving authors some room to justify still calling it an era without “war,” but it still feels just a little bit hollow to describe the High Republic as a completely peaceful era. At one point, the Nihil even carved out their own part of the galaxy, sectioning off countless planets and their inhabitants before being defeated by the Jedi.

The Acolyte Repeats The Oldest Jedi Lie

The Republic’s Era Of Peace

The Acolyte's Mae edited with Vernestra Rwoh and other High Republic Jedi
Custom Image by Simone Ashmoore


Through repeating the emphasis on there being no “war” for generations, The Acolyte has both reinforced a Jedi lie and brought up the idea of what “peace” can actually mean in the huge Star Wars galaxy. The High Republic books confirm that there have been many smaller conflicts over the centuries, just nothing on the scale of the Clone Wars. Thus, overall “peace” to them means that the entire Republic was not at war by the time of The Acolyte – and besides, without conflict, the Jedi would not be the Republic’s “guardians of peace and justice” as Obi-Wan describes them.

The Acolyte episodes 1 and 2 are now available to stream on Disney+.

Star Wars the Acolyte Poster Showing a Sith Standing Atop a Cliff Looking at the Sunrise

The Acolyte

The Acolyte is a television series set in the Star Wars universe at the end of the High Republic Era, where both the Jedi and the Galactic Empire were at the height of their influence. This sci-fi thriller sees a former Padawan reunite with her former Jedi Master as they investigate several crimes – all leading to darkness erupting from beneath the surface and preparing to bring about the end of the High Republic.

Cast
Dafne Keen , Lee Jung-jae , Amandla Stenberg , Jodie Turner-Smith , Joonas Suotamo , Carrie-Anne Moss , Margarita Levieva , Charlie Barnett , Dean-Charles Chapman

Streaming Service(s)
Disney+

Writers
Leslye Headland , Charmaine De Grate , Kor Adana

Showrunner
Leslye Headland

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