The problem with it for me (apart from the obvious one of its incredibly hamfisted attempt at doing an episode on gender which might have worked in 90s Star Trek but that was 20 years ago now) is that it’s SO pastiche that it actually gets in the way of it doing its own thing. And so you end up with moments in the show that haven’t been earned, either because the writing just isn’t there or because they only did it to be star trekky without actually working for it with world or character building.
The big one that stood out for me is in episode 2, where the captain and first officer are kidnapped leaving a relative novice in charge. She takes the decision not to go on a rescue because that’s her orders, and the entire crew hate her for it. When she changes her mind, the crew erupts in cheers. But … why? It’s established in episode that this is a brand new ship and crew, who haven’t had the time to really deepen a relationship to the point that going against orders to mount a highly dangerous rescue would be the only way to make the crew not hate you. It feels contrived, unearned and hacky.
And that’s a lot of the writing in the show for me. It tries to present moral dilemmas and weight without doing anything really to establish what the principles of this fake federation actually are, it frequently forgoes more interesting writing for gags (I’m not against the idea of a comedy Trek-like, but the show wants it both ways, drama and comedy in a way that ends up making me feel like it doesn’t quite achieve either)