If that's supposed to be key evidence for junky writing, I can pick out about 1 million lines from previous Trek that would make anyone cringe. "Have you noticed how your boobs have started to firm up?...There's coffee in that nebula...Get that cheese to sickbay...I did fall asleep reading a particularly erotic chapter in my grandmother's journal. She wrote very detailed descriptions of her experiences with Ronin..." Shall I go on? As far as asking the bigger questions, season 1 did a great job with exploring the heart of what it means to be "Starfleet," and season 2 spent half the season exploring questions of destiny, faith, etc. It's all there, including your missing 25%.