It seemed like a lot of show, and not enough character.
The 2 main characters got screen time but they glanced over all the others, so i didn't really care when any of them died. And i'm not even all that attached to those main characters. Their motivations seemed forced-by-plot rather than realistic.
I hope they tie the character portion together better in the future episodes because if nothing else, Star Trek lives or dies by how attached we can get to its unique characters.
In the first episode of Next Generation we were already attached to Data and Geordie and Riker and Picard. I don't even remember the names of the main characters in Discovery other than Michael, the Vulcan/Not-quite-Vulcan/Maybe-not-Vulcan-at-all main character.
Also, Star Trek is supposed to be about not-necessarily attractive scientist types just exploring.... this has a few too many "pretty" people, and lots of artificial lens flares and flashiness, and jumbled action that was difficult to keep track of... i'm just hoping the future is more... interesting.
Sure, Deanna Troi was meant to be a "babe" in Next Gen, but even she was a little strange looking. I liked that Trek usually has "Normal" people. Like McCoy, Geordie, Chekov, O'Brien, etc... Everyone here looks like a supermodel, except for the alien dude.
The Klingon make-up though is atrocious. They look like helmets. And where's the glorious long locks? I did like their storyline, though. I liked the characters, T'Kuvma, and that Albino Orc... i mean Klingon. (the way they look now, we might as well just call them Orcs)
I wanted to be impressed, but all i got was a lot of glitz with only forced heart (Notice she had to keep mentioning they'd been partners for 7 years, because the writing and their acting made it seem like they were on their first mission together), some shallow action that could have had depth if the show developed characters before they became casualties -
Like... who, or what was that robo-woman with the computer face?
I want to know more about her/it! Is she still alive after all that? She was the most interesting part of the show, and she was treated mostly like background decoration...
Oh well, as we all know with many of our favourite shows, we can't always judge a series based on its first establishing episodes... i just wish the episodes had done a little more establishing...