I don't think it's fair to say JMS did The Lost Tales
half-heartedly. There were no sets left and no CGI models, so, there were start up costs, like any Pilot would have, and the budget they gave him was miniscule. That's why there is hardly any sets and the stories are so short. Story-wise though, forgetting about the lack of money for cast and sets, I was quite happy with the stories that were told in The Lost Tales.
One Day I hope to be the Man my Cat thinks I am
Where are we going? And why are we in this Handbasket?