... I can honestly say I don't get what the brouhaha was about. I rather enjoyed it. Did I think it was perfect? No. Did I think it was Star Trek? Yes, although more like a Star Trek movie than a Star Trek TV show. Am I excited to watch season 2? Yes. My son and I watched the first batch of episodes when they were first put on CBS-AA. We weren't impressed enough at the time to keep paying for a subscription to watch week-to-week. Instead, we intended to binge once all the episodes were available. Unfortunately, we never found the time to get back in. I did follow the anger and discontent that grew around the series, and it seemed to me that most of the critiques were focused on trivial matters. I personally didn't care that it looked differently, that it seemed contradict what we know about characters and stories in other series, or that it seemed un-Trek. Indeed, I thought it was obviously setting up an arc in which the values of the Federation would be redeemed and the characters would reaffirm the mission for which they signed up. Unbeknownst to me, my son was following the criticisms as well, and he was convinced by them. What I didn't like, which was seldom reflected in the criticism, was the pacing and the focus on plot over character. It felt like the series was constantly driving to the next reveal or the next challenge, and we weren't learning about the crew and their relationships. We blitzed through the remaining episodes every night since Friday, finishing early this morning. It was really good. The latter episodes were much better than the first batch. We both still had a list of criticisms, but we felt that the general critique about claimed the legacy of the franchise was being co-opted (or whatever it was) was completely unfounded. There were hallmarks of Star Trek: as many building bridges solutions as there were technobabble solutions. I could have done without the Ash Tyler story, but I don't think there was some sort of conspiracy in it. OTOH, I think Michael Burnham is a great character, perhaps better a narrator than a central character, but nonetheless very interesting. My feelings about the series can be summed up by the story of Stamets wandering through the mycelial network in "Vaulting Ambition." The conceit of the episode--Stamets interacting with his mirror counterpart--was rather clever, and the last scene with Culber was incredibly tender. What made the story effective, I think, was that we got a modicum of buildup of Stamets' personality, his interest in the network, and his relationship. The story reminded me of several Star Trek stories, like Remember Me, Things Past, and Extreme Measures. Stamets' story could have been a great episode in that vein, but it wasn't an episode. It was one of three plots in the episode. And not having the depth of character development, the payoff is limited. Extreme Measures was not as good of a story, but it cashed out on years of development of the relationship between Bashir and O'Brien based on whole episodes, not just passing glances of their friendship. Going into the next season, I'm going to keep in mind that the producers are more likely to be making a cinematic experience writ small. Perhaps it was the third best 1st season of all the Trek series, but I think it makes sense to compare it to the films, being better than the Kelvin movies and probably half the TOS and TNG movies. I'm looking forward to season 2 (I already know things that will happen) and even season 3.