This one got off to a very rough start. Throwing a LOT at us in the first episode, to get the setup done.
It found its footing eventually, and told a coherent story. Telegraphed a bunch of stuff early, but that’s just Trek for you.
Honestly, it’s the ending that saved it. The payoff was, after all of that, totally worth it. Especially - ESPECIALLY - the facial expression during the hug.
Good to know we’ll have force-field drones in only another two years.