Re: TNG's "Too Short a Season" with Kirk...
No, it wasn't a great start. Plenty of fans were on Picard's side the time and even now are still pissed at how Sisko treated him.
That some people don't like it doesn't mean it didn't work. The TNG-first crowd needs to get over itself.
"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again