I remember people said the same thing about DS9. I agree Discovery has a different tone. It’s a departure of sorts; I’m with you there. I just don’t think it’s all that bad. e.g. Pike’s contributions seemed to be pure Starfleet to me.
The Klingon war in S1 and the entire mess of nonsensical loose threads that was the “Red Angel” in S2 exist purely for drama and conflict. There’s nothing heady going on there. There isn’t a deeper interrogation of humanism and ideals.
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