Ryan, I really-ultra-super-supremely believe the "Overseer" version merits its own space in the Main Gallery! In my eye it's the closest you've come yet to actually capturing the feel of an older favorite while, as you like to say, "amping it up to 11". It's even got a certain symbolic value; the fact that the Overseer is looking out on a galaxy instead of a planet could just as well serve as a metaphor for how far you've come with what you've been doing here since 1997.
For me, v2 looks better by itself, but v1 makes the most spectacular wallpaper. Pick the one you like best; I love them both!