Re: When did New Frontier "Jump the Shark"?
I only read the last two or three novels, and I never had a low opinion of Peter Davids writing.
However, it was my understanding that the whole of the series was of a "comic book" quality, in terms of concept at the very least.
Exactly when did that "bird" hatch from a planetary body anyways?
That description is spot on. The whole thing felt like a comic book after the first book or two--and I mean a 90's comic book, where everyone was sexy, emotionally stunted and the best at what they do, bub.
I think the Great Bird hatching was the shark jumping moment, but I read a few books after that, unfortunately.
Now, to try Vanguard and SCE. How did they turn out?
SCE is the closest we've come to having a book-only TV series, if that makes sense. Episodic adventures of varying quality with characters coming in and out of focus; a lot of different writers but ongoing character arcs.
Vanguard is impressive throughout, and certainly not like your description of New Frontier.
We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile and nothing can grow there; too much, the best of us is washed away.