So, I'm coming from my first full rewatch of DSC's season 1. As someone who liked the show a lot right from the start and who also loves the old ST shows, I kinda tried to watch it keeping in mind the numerous critics that it hasn't to do anymore with Star Trek and the typical ST philosophy whatsoever. After I just finished the last episode, I come to the same conclusion than after my first run through season 1, and I felt like sharing some of my thoughts and my point of view on that matter. Please note that this isn't meant to be an attempt to convince anyone who doesn't regard DSC as typical or classic Star Trek, it's just my two cents on that issue. I mean, yes, DSC is different from the old ST shows. It's overall much darker than the optimistic and adventurous touch of, say, TNG or even TOS. And it tells a coherent story, even though many episodes, especially in the season's first half, also have their own episodic story arc. Yet, you probably wouldn't come up with the idea of watching three or four random DSC episodes, as you can easily do with TNG, TOS, DS9 and so on. But I personally don't agree that DSC lacks typical Star Trek issues and philosophy. It actually starts out with moral debate: Do we go against our principles and shoot first if it gives us the chance to prevent a war, or do we stick to our principles no matter what? The fact that this question is raised and discussed fits definitely into Star Trek. They also could have gone the easy way of just starting an epic and mindless space battle without any discussion about principles etc., but they didn't. I could name more examples, but in order to not overstretch it, I think the last episode shows it perfectly: The crew rejects the order to win the war through genocide, because this doesn't go along with Starfleet principles and ethics, and ends the war with an absolutely non-violent situation. If THIS isn't the spirit of Star Trek, then what? It's not meant as an offense, but sometimes I honestly wonder if people, who claim that DSC doesn't have Star Trek philosopy in it, have actually seen the last episode. My personal interpretation is that season 1, among other issues that are touched, is a big story about fear and the danger of fear bringing you to the point of rejecting your very own principles.That's also where the Terranean Empire from the Mirror Universe gets important: It's explained that the Terraneans are what they are because they are driven by constant fear, and the DSC crew as well as the whole Federation shall not become like this Hence the core message of DSC season 1 is in my opinion that you have to stick to your principles and overcome your anxiety. And in my opinion this is a message fully in the spirit of classical Star Trek.