Given that the pilot episodes of previous ST shows never really knocked it out of the park, the Discovery one was pretty good. And we haven’t even seen Jason Isaacs’s character yet.
Production value was great. Of course, pilots tend to have a notably bigger budget than your average episode, but given that you get more CGI bang for the buck these days, I’m hopeful for what’s to come. Also looking forward to getting to know better some of the characters you barely got a glimpse at so far, e.g. the doctor. Also hoping we get to see some more neat creature designs.
I’m torn about the Klingons. I’m not ST fan enough to care about them being changed again, but it feels as that adding more prosthetics comes with the downside of the faces being less expressive. Either way, I hope Discovery lets us explore some more aspect of Klingon culture.
I like Burnham enough, but I’m also hoping that the “character torn between two cultures needs to (re-)discover his/her humanity” aspect doesn’t become a central aspect of her arc. Especially given that she’s already been in service for 7 years at that point. For some that might be a fixed part of each ST show. but after Spock, Data, Odo, and Seven of Nine I’m personally fine with not having too much of that in Discovery.