I liked it, I liked it a lot. And I never really watched TNG even. Jean-Luc Picard is such a powerful character - especially in times like these it is really comforting to watch a leader like that, to me at least.
Now, after all ten episodes and with only the finale fresh in my mind, it's difficult to tell what I liked especially. Well, apart from Seven of Nine turned space vigilante and Riker growing into an old pizza chef. Come to think of it, many of the memorable things about the series would be a bit tacky or simple for my taste, but as an ensemble of stories and characters, it worked.
In the finale though, the whole main twist about the "higher synthetic beings" felt like an ass-pull so we can really have a galaxy-threating evil to avert. Also, the whole synth society in that little settlement there made no sense to me - them all being clad in togas and such was such an obvious attempt at placing eye-candy it made my eyes roll.
Also, Picard being given a synthetic body after his death? It has been a long time since I saw a plot point coming from that far away.
I also for now wish this had been a one-series show, a special thing. But season 2 being confirmed, and the ending setting up the new crew rather plainly, I fear this might become a rather standard show in the future. Which I will watch. Because I really liked the first season.
They'd be stupid to consider this as a one time, standalone series so of course they set it up with the premise that it could evolve just as other iterations have done but as things stand they're in a prime (directive) position of being able to take it in the most fitting direction possible.
Fwiw I thought Jurati would end up being Picard's Kes but now I reckon they have given the character the right back story to become a credible part of an ongoing crew should this come back for future seasons.
Lastly Seven is still as #holyfuckingshitpineapplessexy as ever.