I thought it was a creeper heat. I loved Season 1 and didn't feel there was a need for a revamp but the further Season 2 went along, the more I liked it. This was probably more of a season for Saru than it was for Burnham. Saru grew into Command and shedding fear was both something that I thought was great for him but also kept me on my toes wondering if he'd do something too foolhardy without any type of fear holding him back. Burnham spent a lot of the season reacting to what was going on around her. She becomes more pro-active when she looks for Spock in "Light and Shadows" and really starts making things happen once she draws out her birth mother to rescue her in "The Red Angel". I was hoping for a better-matched rivalry between Leland and Georgiou on the Section 31 front. Control taking over Leland was the best thing that happened to him, from a dramatic standpoint. And Pike made for a great Anti-Lorca. He feels like his own Captain instead of just another Kirk. Nice touch bringing out his religious upbringing, from that line from "The Cage" about Pike being taught about Hell and then showing the illusion of him burning there. They didn't go as far with the religious angle as I thought they would but they did pursue faith. Now -- unless Pike is in a situation where he's saving cadets -- he has faith that no matter what situation he's in, he'll come out of it intact. That gives him a type of courage that others wouldn't have. At first I thought they cranked Tilly to an 11, and they did, but it became more understandable in retrospect once it was revealed that it was all because of the green spore and "May" reaching out to her. With Stamets and Culber, to be succinct, I'm glad they explored Culber feeling so disoriented both in the Mycellial Network and out of it, not understanding his sense of being any longer at all. He needed space and Stamets wasn't going to let him have that space since he was so glad he was back and wanted to be around him all the time. I thought both points of view made sense. Not too much on the Klingons. I figured that L'Rell would be challenged, so I'm glad someone tried to. And I'm glad that the Federation -- through Section 31 -- would want to do anything it can to make sure L'Rell stays in power. Had Discovery stayed in the 23rd Century, I would've expected the other shoe to drop eventually. I can't imagine L'Rell would still be Chancellor by the time of "Errand of Mercy" (TOS), when it looks like war might break out again. Spock seemed really frosty at first but I'm glad it didn't take long for he and Burnham to work through there differences because seeing them constantly be stand-offish to one another would've gotten old after a while since I didn't end up taking either of their sides, because I like them both. Tyler really grew into the role of being a Section 31 operative. He took to them hook, line, and sinker. Except he seems a little too sure of his convictions to be the Head of Section 31. That organization seems to almost demand you have a lot of moral flexibility. That isn't Tyler. And he's not a pragmatist. He seems like an odd duck for his position. Maybe Starfleet only wants him in charge of Section 31 so they have someone who'd think closer to them than someone like Leland or Sloan. Even though I wish we saw more of Number One, I think we saw the Enterprise just enough. If it were in every episode, it wouldn't have felt like special, like when it actually finally did make its reappearance. Kudos to the creative team for only revealing the Enterprise bit by bit instead of all at once. And nice to see Amanda take charge, standing up to Sarek, calling him out on his bullshit, and knowing how to put Burnham in her place when she wanted to search for Spock (pun intended). Cornwell, as far as I'm concerned, is Star Trek's best Admiral since Ross. She's right in the thick of things, knows when something is up, and can make the tough calls. What more could you want from an Admiral?