This did seem as if it was trying to recapture some of the magic of past series rather than build on the previous three Discovery seasons. Showing a trouble-making Tribble loose on the ship was amusing but a bit over the top.Watched the first episode and hope the next is better or I will stop watching.
It seemed like they were overcompensating for a weak story with a LOT of special effects, references to old Trek's, cliches, etc.
But what really annoyed me was everyone seemed to have a smug look on their faces and were mugging for the camera. There was no depth to any of the characters, or perhaps I mentally tuned out by the time something changed.
The opening sequence played like an Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First" routine, with a supposedly advanced alien species misinterpreting everything Michael and Book said. Laughing off the ensuing attack to free the "monarch" (aka Queen Grudge) as a surprise tactic that worked made the whole thing seem like a waste of CGI.
Discovery's main mission will need to become bigger than a diplomatic delivery service for surplus Dilithium. Discovery continues to be the go-to starship whenever an emergency -- like an out-of-control, spinning space station -- requires something faster that warp drive. A next-generation spore drive and a developing "pathway" drive may soon end that function.
Meanwhile, what is the mysterious force that hit the space station and may also have destroyed Book's home planet? Discovery is aptly named to find out.