Originally Posted by dafoomie
B5 went that route, they had to be creative to make their primitive early 90s CGI look good.
Actually, they did it because they wanted it to look more like space. Many of the backgrounds in B5 came from the Hubble Space Telescope. And a good number of them, while enhanced, are reasonably close to what they would actually look like if you were there, to the best of our ability to speculate.
B5 didn't really need to make their space shots better, anyway -- those were decent. It was the interior shots and aliens that revealed the limitations of their CGI the most.
(Oh, and since NASA had shared the images with the B5 folks and they were public domain, it was a lot easier to use real images than create new backgrounds.)
I think the best thing they can do right now is make it look good
but not too distracting. We all know what it looked like before -- I even hate to think of how many
times some of us have seen some of these episodes.
Sometimes less really is more. It's fun to look at the improved quality and even scrutinize the effects or improvements. But too many of them and you lose the whole point. It no longer becomes about what's there, but about what's changed.