And Novakovich didn't die! Maybe you should count "hoary old cliches avoided."
Four episodes in and we have a holodeck showing up. Why?
Maybe you should count "Nudge-nudge, wink-wink story elements." Things that were supposed to be introduced later, but are shoehorned in here anyway. Like aliens having cloaking technology long before the Federation was supposed to have encountered it. (Oh, it works 100% the same but they call it stealth technology? Okay then!)
Or having the Ferengi and the Borg show up. (Don't worry, it doesn't violate canon-- no one ever asked their name!)