Random thoughts during the episode:
-Beams are back, yay!
-and they're blue, double yay!
-actually, everything seems to be blue, meh..
-Discovery is now a Tardis? Oh right, the 33rd century must still use that subspace manifold tech we saw on that tiny timeship in ENT.
-red antiproton cannons? Someone's been playing Star Trek Online.
-after establishing the EC as a political bloc awith a legit body of government, all it aparrently takes for it all to fall apart is the death of one minister.
-Discovery is now a dilithium hauler. Wonderful. Congratulations, freighter captain Burnham.
-wait, why are they using their warp drive to deliver that stuff? Wouldn't the spore drive make delivery much faster?