Some?some fan service
Episode 6 was Star Trek: Gene Memberberries. The plot is still atrocious and the whole thing is setting up a ridiculous Synth Picard vs Changeling Picard showdown.
The nostalgia factor is the only thing this season has going for it. They’ve turned the old crew into husks of their former selves. Compared to TNG or DS9, this would be bottom tier in any episode lists and second worst put up against the TNG movies.