I think you’re misreading it a bit and making a “category error” as a result. It wasn’t really a predicament, which was shown by how it was resolved. Rather, that existed to her allow her to see what she saw, which will matter later. If it had been intended to be a “predicament” in the common Star Trek sense it would have happened way earlier in the episode, and the focus would have been on resolving it.
And if this was a TNG episode, that’s exactly what would happened, because there would have been no vision, because there would have been no continuity. DS9? It would have been a maybe, but they would likely have made that happen earlier and focused on the resolution, with the vision as an aside.
So I think what’s happening here is that you’re bumping into the subtle meta-structural confusion created by Trek transitioning from a largely episodic format where there was only a little continuity (DS9 through VOY and ENT), to a show that is largely continuous, with the odd more stand-alone-y episode, like most modern genre drama (but very unlike genre drama twenty years ago - Buffy really helped push towards it, and itself increasingly transitioned from episode to arc).
Technically that’s mostly the future from where DISCO is sitting, but my personal feeling is you can’t just make someone be Spock’s sister, and then never have Spock really come up. It’s got to be dealt with at some point. The casting looks good, hopefully it all pans out (so far all the Vulcan stuff in DISCO has been fairly on-point for me, unlike the highly variable and mostly “hmmmm” Klingon stuff. Helps that Sarek is fucking great - that actor always is).
I think for me the the stand-out bits were:
Anson Mount was apparently born to be a Star Fleet captain - a lot of actors are good as them (interestingly - I suspect most of them grew up watching Kirk or Picard or Sisko), but he was clearly having a great time. Further he had good chemistry with the crew members, which has always been essential in making a Trek show work - where it’s been weaker (VOY, ENT), it has been quite harmful. Very different from other roles I’ve seen him in, he’s a bit cowboy here too, but in a friendly way, not a terrifying 1000-yard-stare murderer.
YES THOSE UNIFORMS. Hopefully they come back.
Action sequences were indeed good and looked RIDICULOUSLY expensive, like straight-out-of-a-movie expensive. Kind of hilarious in the context of having watched a lot of TNG and DS9 as I did last year and saw how incredibly cautious they are with the budget.
Burnham is gradually getting more of an actual personality, as it sort of emerges from her Vulcan-trained stoicism.
The mystery in general looks like it will be pretty cool.
Seems like there’s a link between this and the Tardigrade stuff. Will be interesting to see what that is.
Apparently the Short Treks are on Netflix now, btw non-US/Canada people, you just have to find the trailers for section for DISCO, I am told, and will look myself later.