You know, I don't understand all the negative comments about season 1. For me, this is one of those shows that was good right out of the gate. I can understand everybody liking what came later, all that was good too, but the smaller, less complicated "bottle" shows of season one were the series at it's best.
Season 1 was a very good beginning. Unlike post TNG, They had a complete universe to create. So they had to do a lot of bottle shows to setup that universe.