I lost the first 7 episodes of the show as my cable company-supplied DVR crapped out. So we only managed to have episode 8 through the end of the first season. I don't know why SyFy never re-ran the first season. What better way to get people excited about season 2 than to let them binge watch/record the first season? And we (my wife & I) didn't want to pay an exorbitant amount of money to watch individual episodes (onDemand or Amazon-not on Prime), so we waited for it to come out on Netflix, which just happened as season 2 launched here in the States.
We just watched the first disk with the first three episodes. The mystery has us intrigued. Yeah, I agree that it has a little bit of a Traveller vibe to it, especially the morally-challenged mercenaries aspect.
We'll stick with it (and have season 2 recorded) in the hopes that it stays entertaining.