I haven’t watched beyond a few minutes of the first episode. My wife and daughter are both great fans of 1990s Trek but I don’t think they’ve had much to say about the recent series.
I’ve watched two series recently that I think are well worth my time. Series 12 of Doctor Who blew away the naysayers with an extraordinary run. The use of historical material and characters is closer to the Hartnell days in the 1960s than to more recent runs, but Chris Chibnall has also taken the opportunity to revive and revise much of Doctor Who’s back story.
In more general drama, I’ve found Inside No. 9, by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, consistently enjoyable. Like Charlie Brooker’s Dark Mirror this series takes a different theme and characters every week, occasionally switching genre but usually with an emphasis on dark comedy. Unlike Dark Mirror this is heavily character-led, and typically takes place on a single set in real time. Pemberton and Shearsmith were two of the three main characters (and half the writing team) of The League of Gentlemen, and their love of the bizarre remains unchecked. Their writing skill has only grown. One episode (“Zanzibar”) is spoken entirely in blank verse and features a Shakespearean plot complete with traitorous schemes and long lost twins. Another (“A Quiet Night In”) is completely wordless but far from eventless. “La Couchette” is set in a cramped sleeping car on a French train. Through all of these their ability to surprise and chill shows.