I was always struck by how unimaginative the space battles were. For instance, they could have done some crazy/scary stuff showing weapons slamming into deflector shields which stop 99.9% of the blast but the tiny fraction that manages to bleed through does serious damage. It would have been visually arresting and made the power such ships would have to possess much more tangible. If their weapons are more powerful than atomics they should bloody well look like it.
I'm not sure I can't take comments like that seriously. What more imaginative space battles were there in the 80s? Did you REALLY see it the first time being struck by how unimaginative the space battles were?