It seems like this thread has been cordial, so I'm impressed. In terms of the answer to the question, I think Ed is enhanced by the rest of the crew, especially Kelly. No, he's not a really good commanding officer, but Kelly keeps him grounded and more mature than he probably could be. Burnham got better as the series went on, but I kind of feel like the Discovery crew accepted her a little too fast. I don't think she was challenged as much as she could have been for someone who committed mutiny. With that said, I think she was written better than Mercer was, but both characters are there for completely different reasons. Now if we went with my idea of comparing Mercer to, say, Tim Allan's character from Galaxy Quest, I Think that could be an interesting comparison. In terms of personality, I think there are some similarities there.