Looking back, I'd say they were flailing about in the first season, trying to figure out what they had. They(the series overseers) knew they had something unique but it took a little time to figure it out. It was almost like they went. "Holy shit, we have pure magic here! But what spells should we cast?" They eventually decided on a nice, quiet, subtle FIREBALL spell. It gets really good, and it has a flavor like nothing else ever shown on TV. IMO, after Trek, of course, it's as complicated and fun as B5 and far less like a made-for-tv show than a transliteration of scifi lit to the small screen. You know how fans say, "Geez, if they'd just let a trufan make a series it would kick ass!" ? Well, that's Farscape.