So I started watching the series and caught up to the current episode. Spoilers, of course. Lots of stream of consciousness stuff..
Much, much better than the two Abrams movies I saw.
While this series is heavily serialized, I can still see some episodic roots to some of the storylines, and ones that could have fit in other Trek series. I think DS9 does it right, though, giving a nice middle between the two.
I agree on the complaints of the Klingons - their speaking style and that they speak in Klingon.
While I assume the hull of parts of the ship looping has to do with the spore drive, it mostly looks like they added it to make a cool looking effect, but all it does is look kinda dumb to me. And frankly, I do wish they didn't add excess special effects.
Also, both the concept of the spore drive and the mind meld going across light years made me go eh. But whatever, I can live with it.
Of course, going in, I knew the spore drive especially, and probably the Klingon cloaking device would have had to be muted before the series ended.
I've gotten a little tired of them echoing lines from prior shows ("tell starfleet we have engaged the klingons" , "the needs of the many... few... one...") although I did love the Scotty impersonation.
IMO, there was too much foreshadowing of some of the twists (eg, the mirror universe, that Tyler was a klingon, that Stamets would be blamed for the homicide, etc). I could also tell that the admiral was going into a trap, though I thought she would be killed.
Is it normal for a person who hasn't gone to starfleet to become an officer of a starfleet ship? (I mean, I assume Michael didn't go to starfleet academy at all before she first visits the shinzou
Some questions/thoughts about individual episodes.
The time loop episode:
I couldn't buy that Mudd could manage to take over the entire ship in ~50 attempts. But why wouldn't he have just sold the time crystal? It would have been safer (there was always the chance he could have gotten killed in his attempts, and Mudd never struck me as particularily brave), and that has to be worth a lot. Also, why does he destroy the time crystal (or whatever he had that was controlling the crystal)?
Also, for the last time loop, I guess they told Stanets before Michael killed herself with those balls? Anyone else figured that Michael would inject herself with the special DNA, so that she would remember things before the loop, too? This episode also reminded me of the time loop episode in Dark Matter - that one had fun with the concept, too.
The forest/death ship episode
It sounded like the plan was to set the beacon to reveal cloaked ships, but it doesn't seem like they know how to do that until the end of the two parter, anyway. So what exactly were they planning to do with the beacon, before then?
While it turns, IIUC, out that Saru wasn't possessed but merely enjoying finally being free of what he had to endure his entire life, I'm not sure I buy that he would have destroyed their communicators
Also, why the hell do they use portable sensors that light up and give a loud beep at regular intervals? Is there no mute mode on those things???
The mirror universe episodes:
If they don't tolerate non-humans, I do have to wonder what mirror Spock was doing as an officer on his ship. Also, I would have thought that mirror Spock would have heard of this incident from his father, or prime Spock would have heard of this incident from his sister before the events of Mirror, Mirror.