You know how in old BBC productions like I, Claudius, they didn’t have the budget for actual battles?
Battles still happened, but they would focus on a frightened character while vague fighting noises happened off-screen. Eventually, someone wounded would stumble in and declare the outcome of the battle.
Take that same concept, apply a poorly lit 1970’s sci-fi aesthetic to it, and replace the offscreen battles with ugly, impossible-to-follow CGI space maneuvers.
In between the impenetrable space battles, there’s time for human drama. Keep it dull— shots of the same 4 people talking in their bunks, the bridge, and the flight deck. Make sure they lack chemistry together, but imply they are falling in love.
Most importantly: Star Wars is popular, so liberally steal from it. Give your character The Force, but change the name. Maybe call it “Pilgrim Powers” and avoid a real explanation for how it works with a throwaway line like “It’s not faith. It’s genetics!”