So, we've just had the second edition land, and thoughts are initially positive. The game is more streamlined now, and it plays much faster.
I'm not feeling the new TAC deck yet, but I bet that'll become more interesting with the faction-specific cards. The mission objective cards do feel better, though. You'll always have to keep a mind's eye on what your opponent is aiming for.
Loving the new Japanese models - the Yurei in particular. The stealth ship is beautiful - too bad it'll spend most of the game cloaked!