I thought that too but my thought is that they have to modernize and not set their standards based on 50 years of a franchise. Maybe it doesn't jive with TOS, TNG, and the rest but that's ok. I don't see new fans scrambling to view those any time soon. And if they do then that means they like the franchise to 'forgive' the look.
Man, Burnham. Remember when people thought her only value to the show would be that she is related to Spock? Turns out she's a rich, complex character who stands very well on her own. They went all in by making her crime so grave that StarFleet gave her a life sentence.
What I love about her crime is that it's one of those tragedies where she (and we) will be forced to replay in her head again and again: What should have been done differently? Exactly when was the critical moment when a different move should have been made? If you really think about it, there is no easy answer. On the surface you can say it's beyond the pale to neck pinch your captain in the middle of a crisis. But the writers took pains to suggest Burnham had good reasons, and that Georgou was not right either. By that point in the conflict, there were no good options anyway. The only person you can say was right was Saru, when he said get out of here very early in the investigation. BUT that may have been the wrong call as well since Tkuvma would have just picked another ship at some point.
This unasnwerable nature of the conflict will haunt Burnham for the rest of her life, especially as the war drags on. It makes her a character of Shakespearean tragic dimensions unlike we have seen on a Trek show.
After sitting in college all day taking notes off the board, the last thing I want to do is read subtitles while I'm relaxing. That's just a small quibble though, can't believe it's been 12 years since we could discuss a new episode of ST.