On the other hand, what threatens -our- republic is not the tragic flaws of epic heroes and great men. Our republic is threatened by immaturity, shortsightedness, impulsiveness, emotionalism, and - yeah - petulance.
And yeah, it's a really undignified way for a republic to die.
I rather wish the physics and physiology of falling and turning bodies were followed with just a bit more realism. Unless Jedi using The Force are able to project spheres of antigravity and anti centripedal force around themselves and others nearby, and this is somehow acknowledged early on in the film series, it just seems wierd to any rockclimber, skier, windsurfer etc, the moves that are made. A little respect for Doc Newton is in order..
(A 90 degree turn inside of a 10 foot radius exiting an elevator for normal mortals, results in a smear of blood and bone across the floor, when you've fallen 30 stories.)
Not to mention Yoda's "Sheriff bing-bing-BING! Riccochett Rabbit" style of combat...