Star Trek? What's that?
But yeah, I wholeheartedly agree with you Anthony, in that the Jedi went out with barely a whimper, and that was one of my main complaints with ROTS. It changed my view of them drastically. Don't think I'd go so far as to equate them to the red shirts of Trek, but the Jedi certainly were equal in overall fodder value.
Hell, we saw numerous Jedi (both main characters, and random background ones) deflecting hundreds of blaster shots in the first couple Prequels, so why not now? Why couldn't they sense the Order 66, and take evasive action? ****, they've got that serious "Jedi Jump" ability that could've put them WAY far from the danger the moment they sensed it, if they so desired. Or, they could've used the "Force Push" on the whole lot of Clones aiming at them - at least enough to buy them some time to escape. Plus, it's seemed to me that shooting a blaster at a Jedi in the first couple flicks was completely useless, since that never yielded any results for the bad guys. Are we just to assume that Clones shoot much better/quicker than the average Battle Droids, Super Battle Droids, and Destroyer Droids, all of which were attacking various Jedi by the tens and hundreds? That's lame.
Then, there's the ridiculously pathetic ending to Saesee, Kit, and Kolar. When I saw that clip of the 4 Jedi lighting up to arrest Palpy in the trailer, I thought that was going to be the most amazing battle scene in the entire movie. Boy, was I sorely disappointed. Sith Lord, or not, for Palpatine to dispatch of three Jedi (all from the Council, no less) in a matter of 3 swings in 2 seconds, it made the Jedi look like absolute fools. 4 on 1, with Mace at your side, and they still got their asses handed to them before two of them even moved their blades? Phhtht. Pathetic. Give me a kickass battle between Palpatine and the 4 Jedi, showcasing everyone's skills, before puncuating the fact that Palpy's ultimately better than all of them. At least make an effort to have the Jedi look like they posed some type of challenge to him. Am I to just assume that Yoda, Ben, Anakin, and Mace are the ONLY four Jedi who can actually fight worth a darn? 'Cause that's basically my feeling at this point...
Hell, little Padawan Zett Jukassa kicked far more ass than most of the Jedi did. Definitely
a disappointing aspect to the movie for me.