Whilst I’ve not looked at these things as harshly as you have, I broadly agree with your points. There’s some real bad messaging there, which is a shame because a lot of them started out as really solid ideas.
Thought that was a pretty poor episode, to be honest. Georgiou being eeeevil was kept secret for all of about one second, implying the admiral didn’t even suggest to her to maybe not like act an overt dick to keep up the charade for at least the duration of the mission…
…which seemed to last forever, given when they beamed down to Qo’nos they didn’t half dawdle. “Earth is in mortal danger, on the verge of being attacked by a Klingon fleet numering about 5 ships apparently, so let’s eat some space whale!” Obviously the space whale scene was a chance for Tilly and Michael to talk about Georgiou and that was fine, but when they got into the strip club the pacing just dropped off a cliff. At least we know now that Georgiou wasn’t just the emperor in peoples’ hearts, but their genitals too. Qo’nos itself felt pretty tame to me. We had a good image of what it was like in the TNG era and whilst we were in the Orion Quarter, it didn’t feel oppressive or cold or anything that feels like Klingons would even want to wander around there, let alone stay there to play space roulette.
The irony of course is that the set for the temple looked gorgeous, which is more the shame that we spent all of about two minutes there. And of course, the Klingons will never find a way to remove that bomb because…what? So L’rell is holding her entire planet to ransom in the hope that someone doesn’t find a way to access and change command of that pad? That’s the least stupid thing about the entire idea that there’s an apocalyptic bomb that is apparently forgotten about! If there’s a lava flow, could it force a detonation?
Ash leaving is whatever. His character became pretty whatever so that feels appropriate. Going to the head of the Federation in Paris was a nice consistency point (as opposed to the head of Starfleet which is San Francisco) but the speech being broken up was a little jarring and I found it absolutely hilarious that Burnham was giving a speech with her back to hundreds, if not thousands of people. Obviously she was addressing the admiralty, but it seemed very silly to me. Nice to hear the classic music appear when she states the Starfleet mantra.
Then Stamets gives what will probably the only explanation as to why the Spore drive won’t be used again, ever ever, in such a throwaway line that I’m not sure if I missed something. Then they teased the Enterprise. Fine, okay. Then they showed the Enterprise in such a tacky way. Don’t get me wrong, seeing a Constitution, no less the defining ship of the fleet, was cool, but it was suuuuuuuuuper dumb. I honestly thought we’d see it as part of the protective fleet over Earth, in a row of Constitution classes because I felt that was what they were zooming in on with the two zooms over Earth, but I guess not. The visual update was very in-keeping, mostly fluff on the nacelles which you can hand-wave, if you wanted to, as being a previous iteration of them (I actually thought they looked fairly like the NX-01 nacelles, so perhaps some intended design lineage there).
I think Spock was on board at the time, which makes me wonder who they’ll get as the cast. I’d be perfectly fine with Zachary Quinto resuming his role as Spock, felt he did a rather good job of it in the films. Oh and yeah, playing it out with TOS music was a nice touch.
Anyhow, the series as a whole. It was entertaining and enjoyable and sure, the best first series of Trek as far as meaningless platitudes go, but for as many ideas it had it seemed to have as many problems. Even reconciling the idea that this isn’t what I wanted the show to be, I came around to what it is and still found it lacking in quite some places. I’m intrigued as to what the second series will be, presumably about rebuilding, but I think they could afford to slow down a tad and make damn sure that they’ve got everything thought through in a meaningful way and to see them through to satisfying conclusions.