Staying spoiler free (at least for the first few days)
Just wanted to say 'cool!' for Sphere Of Influence. Took a little while to get going and the first 'interior' area was a little dull, but whoever did the 'bridge room' did an OUTSTANDING job and y'all need to buy him lunch or something. Really gives a sense of grand scale about everything going on. Space fight was alright (though testing out the Swarmers, wow those things are mean) but mostly I think I was just still getting used to the ship. And the final cutscene on the bridge, I love how the 'mere' researcher showed some real backbone given the prestige of the people she stood against; good for her!
All in all, very good mission. Lots of character.
The Enterprise's new chief engineer took a big demotion for that post? Well, I guess its a pretty prestigious assignment...