I think the jokey tone fits with this time in Pike’s command. He’s had the Enterprise for a decade at this point. He runs a more relaxed ship. The informal family dinner shows that.It's very good. More of this please. I love the pacing too. It takes time for things. Only gripe I have is that it's a bit to jokey, but I can live with that. This is the way to do a modern Star Trek. Not Discovery and certainly not Picard.