I’ve really bounced off of it pretty hard, and I honestly can’t put my finger on why. Most of the characters really don’t do it for me (is it just me or do most of them just seem like jerks who would never would have made it into Star Fleet in the first place?) and the Abrams-style art direction is really not for me. The character gets a lot of needless bullshit from douchebags online, but Michael being Spock’s previously unheard of adopted sister is pretty lame in my opinion and reeks of trying too hard to make the character ‘cool’. Let the character stand on their own merits.
But I’ve enjoyed some parts of the show and have certainly kept watching other shows that I’ve liked less. Maybe it’s because I was expecting it to be too much like the Star Trek I grew up watching? I dunno. Part of me wonders if I would like the show more if it was just a new sci-fi show that had nothing to do with Star Trek.
Saru is pretty good, though. How Doug Jones can perform so well under that much make up is very impressive. It really shows how much of a specialized skill that is when contrasted with some of the lacklustre performances from many of the actors playing Klingons (not saying that they aren’t good actors, just that it’s difficult to properly convey emotion when under that much make up and prosthetics, and it’s clear that many weren’t used to it).
I’m not going to write it off, but I’ll probably be waiting to hear “Hey, it’s really good now!” from a bunch of people before I jump back in.