“Not trying to sound cold, but with everything that’s going on (being
ambushed, the crashing of his ship, the theft of the core, being duped
into the tournament, etc.), I kind of feel like Glacius is a very
incompetent law-man. Been a lot of those around lately, so I guess he
fits right in…”
I really don’t think so at all. He had out-of-date or possibly even bad intel on the weapons capabilities of the planet and thus wasn’t prepared for the attack that lead to his crash-landing. I also don’t really see how you can fault him for needing to take time to recover after such a serious accident, as that was the only reason he wasn’t able to stop the theft from his ship. I think it’s pretty damn cool that he was able to stitch himself back together and get right back on their trail, personally; that doesn’t seem “incompetent” to me, that seems downright devoted to his duty, willing to put aside his own hardships to keep serving his people.
As for being duped into the tournament, the story literally said that he knew he was being set up for an unknown purpose and played along anyways because he felt he could take on whatever was in his way. And guess what? He was right. He fought through the competitors and reached Sadira, who had his fold core. It’s just that the mission didn’t end with her. But he didn’t decide to give up or cut his losses; no, he vowed to keep going because things were escalating and he knew there would be serious consequences for the galaxy if he didn’t.
It sounds to me like you think being the marshal of an entire galaxy is easy, lol. Regardless of if you’re looking at his backstory in KI1 and KI2 or this new reboot, Glacius goes through a lot of hardships and keeps on trucking. That doesn’t spell incompetence to me.