It's exciting; I'm two episodes into S2, and eager for more. Funny to see Whoopi Goldberg and Colm Meaney just pop up out of nowhere. That's how ignorant I am to Star Trek: I was not expecting them at all.
I'm loving it!
Colm Meaney was actually in the first episode of TNG as an unnamed officer on the battle bridge in a red uniform. He got a last name in season 2 but doesn't get a first name until season 4 and then becomes a regular on DS9.