@Soka Thanks very much for your offer to provide a few screenshots, I'll PM you for those!
@zendiagram also thanks for posting, I appreciate any help from Mac users on how to spice things up a bit.
I am currently in the middle? of a light-side playthrough using the M4-78 version of the TSLRCM 1.8.5 that I subscribed to from the Steam store. Other than that I did not bother subscribing to mods because I did not want to mess up this playthrough. I am using the Steam store because I couldn't wrap my brain around how wineskin works and having to set up an entire windows environment, that's not really a full env to run the game on my older machine seems like it is going to be buggy no matter what.
Ii will begin experiementing with dropping in some smaller mods directly into the app folder and see how it goes.