For me the season finale, particularly the last 5 minutes had 'backdoor pilot' written all over it. Whether they're planning a Pike series/miniseries or just keeping their options open, that entire final scene smacked of a jumping off point into something more and I can't believe it wasn't intentional. Others may disagree but I'm not convinced by Peck I'm afraid, but Mount has been an absolute revelation and the unquestionable breakout character this season. For me he's eclipsed virtually everyone with perhaps the exception of Doug Jones who I just think is sublime as Saru. To a lesser extent Rebecca Romijn has impressed as well with what little she's had to do. Plus the Enterprise herself, both inside and out, the atsonishing bridge set and that Cage-throwback shot in the dying seconds. I can't see the powers that be not doing something with all this.