The whole time I was watching this episode I was thinking "wtf is this Starfleet". Honestly that ship is sick. The whole thing is so far removed from how Starfleet should be.
I agree, and it bothers me too. Though, for what it's worth as a justification, I think the theory that we're dealing with Section 31 rather than "proper" Starfleet might be correct. Even the ships number, NCC 1031
seems to support that. I've also seen an interesting, though far less likely, theory that Captain Lorca is in fact the future Garth of Isar.
Anyway, yeah - it still doesn't feel like Trek, there's plenty of terribly stupid shit, and the redhead roommate is just about the most annoying character I've ever seen, leaving Wesley Crusher and Jar Jar Binks in the dust. The reasons I'm actually a little more postive about this episode than the first two despite all that are stronger character work, especially between Burnham and Saru, Jason Isaacs is always great, and despite all the weaknesses of the script and un-treky feel of it, at least it was more about having some plot, however poor, and characters than just showing off the big budget and fighting. And we were also spared, at least for now, more painfull scenes with the retarded Klingons.
It still sucks. It just sucked slightly less in some aspects.