Being creative and using the skills you have is, of course, important. It gives us the sense of fulfillment and is exciting to see what we can create.
With that in mind, let's realize that doing TOO much cleverness can be counterproductive as well.
As an idea, the old TV series have been around for a long time. The special effects were limited and rather 'boring'- at least by today's standards?
Take a moment to review the Mavericks, the Wild, Wild, Wests, and even the old B&W Superman intros. They are simple, direct, and tell the story from the beginning of the TV age.
Might see an effect that you can utilize without having to think that nothing is worth doing without 'after-effects', or a friend at ILM!
Have FUN with it!