I was thinking--maybe the problem was that STTMP wasn't long enough.
five six seven.
Now a miniseries is really needed for a big story like this--but here is a guess.
Had we seen the machine world looking at the simplicity of an Earth probe--very like some folks want religion rather than thinking, then even computers can become zealous. perhaps a sense of ennui, there. Samurai Jack proved you don't need a lot of dialog.
I wonder if the backstory to each character was done, game of Thrones style, STTMP might have appeared to fly along too fast?