I had an allergic reaction to that ending the first time I saw it because I thought we were in for some Trek preachiness. Thankfully all other religious commentary in the series was about non-earth religions.
Outland.. I forgot about that. Saw the creators at a con a while back and they showed us a lot of bits of it. One of the guys came across as a complete dickwad and I never followed it up. But it seemed full of potential?