Just finished watching S1 Disco via BD discs. (I don't want CBS:AA to succeed, so I refuse to contribute to it.) I have not seen S2, so my comments only reflect on S1 and not the show as a whole to date.
So I'm a bit late for commenting on S1 compared to most, but here are my thoughts.
I did read through the thread, so I'll just try to stick to things that haven't already been hashed over.
The Klingons finally look like aliens deserving of their reputation. TOS Klingons were, let's face it, humans. TOS movie and TNG Klingons were both better, but still had that "every alien in Trek is a human with forehead or nose ridges" problem. Roddenberry said that this isn't what he wanted Klingons to look like--it was simply the best they could do given budgets, time, and technology, and that viewers should use their imaginations to see these stand-ins as alien. Well we finally have Klingons that truly
look alien to me, and I'm loving it. I'm loving the Kelpians too. Looking through this thread, apparently I am alone in this opinion--you are all wrong.
Ship combat is improved. I enjoy seeing the ships just pummeling each other. None of this "set navigation to evasion pattern six delta" or whatever meaningless nonsense they were saying. In TNG era ship combat, mostly DS9, the slow order-driven bridge action seemed to really clash with the exterior shots of the ship flying around like a fighter jet. They just didn't mesh. Disco ship combat has a more natural flow.
Hand to hand combat is vastly
improved. For the first time when people are fighting, they look like they could be fighting. Not this ridiculous double-fisted punches, horizontal body throws, and other ineffectual nonsense. TOS combat is comically bad. TNG ground combat is unconvincing and has an awkwardly noticeable cadence. Thankfully we got away from Roddenberry's "the fights need to look futuristic".
Art and style of interiors look great. I'm thankful there's no TOS painted plywood with gem controls or TNG Hyatt Regency mauve plastic and carpet. Screw that stuff. They can do better, and they did. (Yes I saw Axanar. Don't care, this is better.)
I really liked Captain Lorca. He was my favorite character, so I'm sad to see he's dead. I suppose non-mirror Lorca could be alive (keep in mind I haven't seen S2), but that's a different character.
Also really like Admiral Cornwell. Nice to see at least one competent Admiral instead of the usual Trek "Badmirals".
Finale seemed too rushed and too contrived. L'Rell become the accepted unified leader of the Klingon Empire among 24 sects that hate each other...because she waved around a Starfleet tablet?
I am able to enjoy mirror universe episodes in TOS/DS9/ENT, but largely because they are quick and fun diversions. I sort of
enjoyed it in Disco, but it was pretty bleak, not at all fun, and definitely too long. Making an entire act/arc/chapter out of it was too much for me--I would have preferred it to be a much shorter jaunt with the extra time given to make the finale seem more developed and less rushed.
There was so much prisoner torture that at one point I felt like I was watching a Star-Trek-themed season of "24". It seemed like there was more torture in just a few episodes of Disco than in all previous Trek combined. I think the show would have been better if they had cut that back quite a bit. On top of the torture they had to introduce not just one
super-most-painful way to die, but two
super-most-painful ways to die. Sheesh.
During the second Pahvan episode, someone on the Discovery bridge says that long range scanners detect a cloaked
Klingon ship approaching Pahvo and identifies it as the Ship of The Dead. So... long range sensors can detect cloaked
Klingon ships, their movement and direction, and even identify the exact ship? What???
This was so jarring to me that I actually thought I heard that wrong, so I rewound to verify. Yep, he said "cloaked". There is an ENORMOUS amount of canon showing us that cloaked ships are not detectable except under extraordinary circumstances which have to be explained. Yes, I know Michael altered the Pahvo signal specifically for breaking the cloak, but then the Pahvans altered it yet again to call forth the humans and Klingons for a get-together. The re-altered get-together-signal clearly does not detect cloaked vessels, because (A) When the Ship of the Dead appears, its cloak is effective, and (B) if the signal were working, then the Federation is good-to-go for detecting cloaked ships according to the original plan anyway, and thus wouldn't need the calculation formulas from Discovery.
So humans and vulcans have instant interstellar chat now? The advantages are too enormous to ignore. Every long-range exploratory ship should include a human or vulcan that's a bonded pair with someone back in the Federation. Surely Voyager, designed for deep space assignments, would have one. This is a pretty big break to canon. (Yes there are others like the Spore Drive, Holodeck, etc., but they've already been hashed over. I didn't see anyone mention this one yet.)
I can't believe nobody said anything about this yet. Klingons have two
If you don't know what I'm talking about, in the Orion colony on Q'onoS there is a scene with a Klingon peeing against the alley wall and there are two streams
. Seeing this immediately made me think back to a much earlier scene where Voq-as-Ash is leaving L'Rell but trying to comfort her by saying that he "doesn't have enough organs for her anyway". This statement stood out to me at the time because it didn't make any sense to me. He doesn't have enough organs for her? Sure, I know Klingons have redundant internal organs for better combat suitability, but in the context of the somewhat intimate scene, it would be weird to mention that you didn't have enough livers or whatever. Well now I know what he really meant.
And before you say I'm just making something from nothing...I already had that exact thought. So I googled it, and found a production person on record saying that it's true and they did this purposefully. So there you go, it's canon.
Anyway, this fact really
changes my view of Worf's relationships with Troi, Jadzia, and Ezri. YOWZA
I like Cadet Tilly, but I like Captain Killy waaaaaaaaaaay more. A psychiatrist might have things to say to me about that.
If you look at old conversations about DS9 back when it was airing, people were complaining that "this isn't Trek".