With seven-hundred plus episodes, everything is going to feel "cliche and tired".
Not at all, I thought the death of Pike (even though we seen lot's of deaths before) was depicted quite well.
The scene with Scotty in the club bitching with his friend, receiving a call on his "cellphone" was funny and interesting.
Scotty (again) stating that he had to sign off on everything that was brought aboard to ensure it did interact with the M/AM reactor made a lot of sense.
Really too bad these were such isolated good moments.