But isn't that part of the thrill of seeing him fight also? We know, implicitly, that Yoda is powerful even before he appears in the PT - the same goes for Sideous, but more explicitly so. Mace, however, is a mystery. He's on the council, he talks as if he's on terms with Yoda, but we know nothing of him. Then he makes a brief introduction in AOTC where he outclasses Fett, and even Dooku congratulates him on his skills!! Then finally we see a challenge for him, and the guy really shows us what he's made of! Sure, an actor with better swordsman skills would improve the scene, but SLJ wasn't the worst of the two, to put it mildly! (IMHO, Jackson wasn't too bad at all - he had a distinct style about him) Mace is just another character we didn't get to see enough of in the PT!!