I think they learned their lesson from Lorca in season 1, they made sure that Anson Mount would be able to play Pike as a straight shooter and it worked very well, I was ok with how it panned out in season 1 as I am not as particular as some on the board however even I can see what could have been, I have a hard time taking any MU stuff seriously which is probably why I am able to tolerate it more, same goes with time travel and all the inevitable plot holes. There is still an option for Lorca as its only his MU counterpart that we saw die but season 3 is going to be far into the future so it rules him out unless the Discovery goes back. Two shows with Pike and the Enterprise plus Lorca (secret S31 agent) and the Discovery could have been a really solid base lineup for CBS. Or even three shows with the third being PU Georgiou and a new ship with us following Burnhams placements lasting one or two seasons on each ship, it could have even included the war with the Klingons as the backdrop, so many possibilities. Just seems like a shame to me.