Okay, so I stopped watching DIS after the season 2 finale, and stopped watching PIC in the middle of season 2. I had returned to PIC to watch the final third season (nope - good, suspenseful first half, good character moments, but again turning to utterly stupid "tv-epic" schlock in the end). Now I have decided to go back to DIS as well, and watch season 3 & 4 for the first time. What has changed? The excellent SNW. I'm a big fan, and it feels good to have a show where I feel right at "home" in Star Trek. With that weight being taken off, my goal is to check out what I missed on DIS, and if people are interested write some thoughts down here. I am now 3 episodes in. My thoughts so far: Burnham is much better, more natural than before. Book seems fine. Saru was my favourite character on DIS. But since taking away his character defining fear, he seems weirdly... empty? Stamets, Tilly, Reno,... are all fine. The characters were never the problem (not for me at least). The plot(s) are not as exciting as the premise (32nd century!) should be though.