I didn’t mind the prequel aspect, but wish they leaned into it. In first episode, they have phasers (or whatever they’re called) and transporters. I liked the idea of everything being a bit more primitive and less comfortable.
And yeah, Scott Bakula is an immensely likeable actor, but they needed someone in that role who could bring a bit more fire. If this is the guy who is James Kirk’s boyhood hero (or so the pre-publicity materials would have us believe) they needed to like up to that. Maybe he develops as the show goes on. I haven’t watched more than a few episodes.