I think I probably enjoyed it more than you. It is my favorite of the Kurtzman era so far. But I agree with your criticisms also. It can be a better show. And I thought there were way too many original series characters popping up on a show that takes place, what, 10 years earlier. One or two, ok, maybe a guest role for another. But they were all over the place. And I agree changing the entire background of a character is a bit over the top, your example of Kyle for instance. Why not just create an original character? It's like they wanted to force in as many original series character names as they possibly could. In the novels that take place during this era when Pike was captain only Spock and Scotty were serving on board the Enterprise. Everyone else was either who we saw in "The Cage" or original characters. That makes more sense to me. And why aren't we seeing more characters from "The Cage?" That part I don't get.