I finished episode 4 of season 2 last night. Guinan and Dr. Pulaski are part of the crew now. I like both of them.
Dr. Pulaski is not very well liked by the majority of fans, but I like her crusty edge- kind of like a curmudgeonly old uncle who you love because of, not in spite of, his gruffness. Guinan is the typical wisdom-dispensing bartender character, which is typical because it works, and Whoopie is a decent actor, so the character is a good addition in my opinion.
The insane lack of ability to use the transporter with any intelligence is still part of the story-line. How hard is it to transport people to where you want them instead of 30m away?
And don’t get me started on the self-destruct course of action by Picard when they were captured by the Nagilum. He and Riker casually choose 20 minutes to be the length of time the crew has to live, then they casually do… nothing- Picard relaxes in his ready room listening to classical music and no one else even takes a break from their job. Near the end, with literally two minutes left, the bridge crew is just puttering around pushing buttons, no alarm or stress or concern that the end is seconds away. Ugh! Of all the terrible ways to screw-up a movie or TV show, having completely unrealistic reactions to extreme events is #1 by a long shot.
I’ll be off the bike for a few days, so won’t be able to watch more until Thursday evening at the earliest.