Liking season 2 so far. The ensemble works nicely together. I think the writers now have a better idea of where they’re going and what works best with the characters at hand. It also helps that the Klingons are not involved because with their crappy prosthetic makeup and whiny voices, I had a hard time taking them seriously.
Things they can still improve upon:
After one season, I still wouldn’t be able to recall the names of quite a number of regulars on the bridge. They’ve given Saru more time to shine, and rightfully so since Doug Jones does terrific work, but I hope there’ll be more episodes that also have other members of the crew at the center of them to give them more depth. Episode 2 would have been an opportunity to give Owosekun (aka the non-Burnham/Pike character) a bit more to do, but she stayed in the background mostly because the planet plotline centered on Burnham’s and Pike’s disagreement with regards to the way they should handle the situation.
It’s probably just me, but I think they could dial back a bit the Tilly-as-comic-relief aspect. I know, her way of speaking and being overly excited is part of the character, but sometimes it seems the writers tap into that well too often.
Episode 2 note: I was kinda hoping that the engineer they rescued in the previous episode would stick around a bit. Alas, that was not the case. Also, I did not fully understand the resolution to the plot. Didn’t they say that the entire outer ring was collapsing? How would creating a gravitational pull in one tiny part of the whole ring counter that?