Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd., All Rights ReservedThe Sith Return and the Jedi are Oblivious
This seems to be a common theme. After Qui-Gon fights Darth Maul the first time, he reports his findings to the council. And of course, they are entirely dismissive.
Then Ki-Adi Mundi has the AUDACITY to say it couldn’t be a Sith because they have been extinct for a Millennium.
Because he fought the guy. He knows. I just want to know what kind of confirmation the council needed. Maul could have shaken each of their hands and introduced himself as Darth Maul and I guarantee the cone head would still be skeptical.
In fact, a good rule would have been doing the opposite of whatever Ki-Adi Mundi says. Eventually, it took Qui-Gon’s death for the Jedi to be like, “Huh. I guess Qui-Gon was right,” which doesn’t seem like great insight on their part.
But let’s not ignore the big picture— the Sith were just hanging out on Coruscant plotting away and the Jedi had no idea. The Dark Side clouds everything and all that. I get it. But come on. Not even a little inclination?
They don’t even consider it when Qui-Gon suggests that his attacker is a Sith lord. Even Mace Windu says he doesn’t think the Sith could return without them knowing. That’s the Jedi arrogance that Luke alluded to in The Last Jedi. It’s not like the Sith were going to take out a page-long ad in the Coruscant Times to announce their arrival. The Council should have been a little more open-minded. Eventually, Mace Windu and the Jedi come to terms with one tragic revelation— their ability to use the force has diminished.
And by then it is far too late.