Seems I've started a small debate about the difference between the Jedi in both trilogies. Didn't want to derail the thread so here it is. The way I see it, in the Prequel trilogy, the Jedi are arrogant, aloof, vain and blind. They are demi-gods and they know it. And that is what will cause their downfall. They can't believe that a Sith is so close to them. They treat it as a vague menace. We can see in their lightsaber duel what's wrong with them. Flashy moves, excitement, showing off. They take in stride an army of slave clones without a second thought. All this seems the opposite of what I knew about a Jedi from the Classic trilogy. In the whoile prequel trilogy, only Yoda seems to have some doubt about what they are doing. He seems pretty unhappy. All the others seems blind to their own failings. In the classic trilogy, they seem to gain wisdom, to have learned from their mistake. They seem much more humble. Look at what Yoda says: Excitement, adventure, a Jedi craves not these things. When your are calm, at peace, etc. They strive to teach these things to Luke, but they didn't talk about them in the prequel trilogy. The duels are much more calm, less flashy moves. There is a zen-like quality to them that was not apparent in the prequel trilogy. Concerning lightsaber duels, it seems to me that the duels start as really show-off in TPM menace, then gradually becomes less flashy in the prequel trilogy. Also, compare the Sith technique with those of the Jedi. They seems much less showy, much more efficient with their moves.