I had the same experience. As soon as I did not watch it as being Star Trek, but just another SciFi series, it was much more enjoyable.
Only this last episode was very weak again. The tough as cookies Emperess just gives up, the Klingongs just retreat after seeing a box of lights etc. All too easy IMHO. The Klingons reminded me of pinball people, forgetting everything when seeing a box of lights
edit: anyone wonder if Gabriel Lorca will return ?? He is still in the credits