I guessed what Dahj in some way was Data early on when she knew about Picard, but I fully expected her to be a permanent cast/crew member and was shocked and very disappointed when she was killed. Why would they do that? She had already become someone we were invested in.
Pity about the lens flares. Is that an accepted thing in SF now, dammit? Like shaky camera work (which stopped me watching BSG), it raises an artificial barrier where there shouldn't be one between the viewers and the story they want to immerse themselves in. Patrick Stewart, I'd have thought you would have said no to such a distracting device. I'm enjoying the technical advances made in the 20 or 30 years since Picard was a captain though.
I'm definitely looking forward to more, and so far it seems to be more my thing than Discovery (though I do love Tilly and Reno).
Also posted on Dreamwidth, with comments.