I will confess that I watched from the very beginning, and the Original Series is still a vague memory of my earliest childhood along with Felix the Cat, Gigantor, and a number of other shows that I saw, (gasp!) in black and white. But, to be honest it wasn’t until the mid-seventies, when Star Trek: TOS was first re-broadcast in syndication that I truly started to understand the importance of the series to science-fiction specifically and to popular culture in general.
As an aside. I should point out a pet utopian peeve of mine. I mean, come on, we only see one person, ever, Lieutenant Barclay, who is addicted to the holo-deck? Really? It's not an endemic galaxy-wide issue? That is definitely utopian screenwriting.
CBS announced that they were getting a new series off the ground and rumors started surfacing about the details of the new Star Trek outing. The old school fans were very happy as it seemed that some really great people from Star Trek's past were involved, such as Nicolas Meyer, the director of the best Trek film, "Wrath of Khan"; Gene Roddenberry's son, Eugene; and Bryan Fuller (Star Trek: DS9 and Voyager). Screenwriting legend Akiva Goldsman was to be involved, as well as Alex Kurtzman, of the Michael Bay-J.J. Abram's school, so we also knew that it was going to be in some way styled like the recent feature films.
But confessing this, it leads me directly to the worst problem with the writing of the show. Which is the fact that there are many, many, other characters, particularly on the bridge of Discovery, who, even though we have seen them in almost every episode through a whole season thus far, we know absolutely nothing about them. In fact, I'm not even fully sure what some of their job functions are. Obviously I could go on-line and copy the names of the seemingly talented actors who play these characters and detail who their characters are, but since it doesn't seem to be very important to the writer's of Discovery, then why should it be important to me? Or you?
In emotion-filled moments, when characters come together to support one another, these intentionally tertiary characters almost rob scenes of their pathos, simply because no one in the writer's room could be bothered to develop them. As far as I can tell, I am talking about five or six characters whose dialog in general consists of jargon-esque snippets like "Yes Sir, firing photon torpedoes now." They might as well have placed an all robot crew on the bridge.
Undermining the larger ensemble is exactly the problem the franchise has struggled with, and has failed under for many years. I suggest the writers of Discovery take a look at an episode of Next Generation like "Below Decks", which entirely focused on crewmen aboard the Enterprise who we had never even seen before, but explained the universe from another perspective.