It got confirmed though that Maki wasn't originally intended to be the show's main villain. He was going to be a secondary villain ala weather dopant and Ankh was going to be the final big bad (Eiji's 'deal with the devil' finally coming to a head). Then they found out Ankh was amaaazingly popular with little kids, which forced them to have a re-think and Maki got promoted to main villain.It's like Yasuko Kobayashi really wanted to have a dark, grim and disturbing character serve as the show's main villain but she kept having to hold herself back because someone higher up (Takebe) was all like "oooh, don't do that. We don't wanna scare the little kiddies". The show tried to have Dr. Maki both ways and those comedic scenes absolutely NEVER failed to ruin the mood.
Ultraman Tiga is a very, VERY slow show.
Like, everything about it is very slow.
I think it's because it was the first Ultraman show they made in literal years. The action and everything is SO MUCH SLOWER in Tiga, it's really baffling.
I don't know if it's "slower" as such (certainly not in the way that Neos was slow - good grief that was a dull mini-series). I find that when I'm watching an episode it's enjoyable enough, but when I'm done I feel no great urge to dive right into the next episode. I realise it's early days yet for me and Tiga. Hopefully at some point it'll grab hold of my interest *crosses fingers*I think it's just a side-effect of the production team trying to find their footing with Tiga. As you said, it was the first Ultraman series in many years.
That being said though, while watching Tiga I never really felt it was all that terribly slow even with taking breaks between episodes.