And most important, they still look consistent with the series they came from.
Consistent with the SD broadcasts, mostly, but not always. Consistent with other season 2 episodes, largely yes. Consistent with season 1, not at all.
The compositing and lighting of the models reminds me of Star Trek V's effects. Just as in 1989, the main effects group was unavailable, work went to an inexperienced team that meant well but with a compressed schedule, and the results speak for themselves.