No, for reasons never clear to us, SciFi insisted that the show be shot in the old TV “square” aspect ratio (4:3). We argued that this was crazy since everyone in Hollywood knew that in a few years all TV in the U.S. would go to the HD 16:9 aspect ratio. But they wouldn’t budge. As for it looked “crowded,” that was how the director of photography liked it.
Update: 2016, another fan has pointed out that when Hulu ran the series, it was presented it wide-screen and was NOT cropped top and bottom (as would normally happen if you pulled a 16.9 image out of a 4:3 shaped frame. He even included screenshots proving his point. We don’t have an answer for how this was done. We only know what we were told during production.
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