Maybe it was, because we didn't see so many details back then. But that has to be taken into consideration if you want to compare fairly.
I've been watching the VHS-UK (Pal-> better Picture than US-NTSC) versions on a small CRT-TV and "Q who" looked just amazing, especially that scene.
Compared to what I see now on the big screen from Blu-ray (I mean now especially this above mentioned shot) I really had it much better in mind, because back then it was "Oh, wow, look at that" - now it's just "Oh nooo.. what did they do??"
Then that's purely yourself judging entirely by your own preconceptions. The season 2 set does have issues with it, yes, but 99% of the shots are definite upgrades over the original masters. Especially the "Q, Who?" matte.
I think everyone here is judging the set vs the quality of season 1, which as its contemporary is a fair judgement to make. Technically the VHS release has around a quarter of the detail these blu rays possess. That's the science of it.