I can’t stand the creative license taken with the franchise up to this point. I tolerated it with the JJ Abraham’s reboot which freshened asthetics, but did not revise species. This series even went so far as to attach completely new and unnecessary characters and story lines to already established cannon that does not advance the story of that cannon at all. What the hell happened to Sisko, Jake, O’Brien, Riker, Worf, , Jordi, Torres, Kira, Odo, Seven, Chakotay, and the others? What happened to the deeper philosophical and ethical themes of Star Trek? What happened to the federation after the fall of the Dominion in the Alpha Quadrant? The fall of the Borg conduit system? The Janeway temporal incursion? The Maquee?
By the way, organic matter interconnecting all of the universe is more fiction than science fiction. The force has no place in a Star Trek.
I will say this: Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz give outstanding performances at Paul and Hugh. That also goes for Michelle Yeoh and Jason Issacs.
But there are far too many supporting characters that just stand in the background and aren’t developed or even discovered at all. That breaks with the successful recipe that we as fans know, love and want.