Really, because it sounds like the question mark was just so that you could answer your own question... ...given how definitive your last sentence was. I'm surprised you didn't end it with [/thread] - "There we have it" in other words: "I've just proved why it's the best first season of any show". Look I get it, you love anything Trek gives you, and that's fine, but no need to pass off your own opinions as fact. In what way was a FOUR episode arc in the mirror universe "integral" to a storyline about war with the Klingons? The fact that it might have been planned from the beginning doesn't excuse the fact that it was an idiotic creative choice. We're supposed to be shocked and awed by these mirror universe versions of characters we know, when we barely know the prime characters in the first place! Why not instead develop Airiam so her death in season 2 actually means something. Just tone-deaf story-telling. Was that the one where Burham first goes on the ship? I remember it being pretty unsettling and a good way to set the tone for the series (until they course corrected for season 2, with yet another tonal shift coming in season 3 because they have no idea what they want this show to be), but a "masterful classic"? Come on. took me a little while to remember what that "wonderfully executed visual sequence" was. Seems a bit weird, how could Burnham exist on all those places in the booth like that. Was that ever used again? It was a kewl sequence, but really out of place given what comes next. It's a microcosm of the show, all flash, no substance. Oh but yours are? Wow, two nominations. One in "presentation" for the Mudd episode and the other in "entertainment". Something to hang on the wall for sure. Literally all the replies were questioning your post and saying they can't see any differences. If you didn't put your opinion on such a high pedestal maybe you would have noticed. That's just a ridiculous thing to say. Play the Picard finale in 480p on an old tv and I guarantee the USS Copy Pastes would just look like grey blurs. The DS9 fleet shots were outstanding. Great variety, gorgeous designs, well framed and composed shots. The Copy Paste fleet was just a disappointing blunder, and THAT is, if not the consensus, the opinion of the vast majority.