Controversial review title isn't it? I've heard this said a lot about Discovery and to a lesser extent Picard, and I have to say: "It's true, all of it."
I saw the trailer for Season 2 and it gave me a glimmer of hope that the producers had learned from the first season and made the decision to move away from the action-blockbuster style of show, but having now watched the first episode, I've got to say that that hope is gone.
And no, the issue isn't with the actors being older now (awkwardly lampshaded on 2 separate occasions in the same episode), or the new fancy special FX, or even, as another reviewer put it, that we've seen all these story points before; it's the pacing - the sheer unbridled speed at which things are hurled at the viewer, and not much of it very engaging.
In days gone by, Star Trek was episodic, i.e. you had one (maybe two in a double-bill) episodes to tell a story, and then things moved on. You could have an overarching story in the background across a season or two, but for the most part things were self-contained. The upside was that the format let us see far more of the galaxy, new races, new cultures, new ethical dilemmas.
Here we have a serial format, one long story told over entire season(s), so plenty more time to tell it properly, right? To explore far more facets of what's happening? Phew, if only. The show refuses to sit still for more than a short while before throwing more action at you, and whilst a lot of things ~happen~ throughout the episode, like in the previous season not a lot of it strikes me as having any substance, and even less of it as being memorable.
This seems to be a trend with modern Sci-Fi in general now, and other than ST:D, The Mandalorian comes to mind as a stand-out culprit. Things ~happen~ throughout each episode, but not a lot that actually matters - it's content for the sake of content, likely trying to chase the great success that Game of Thrones engendered, but without anything close to the required level of mastery (no, Season 8, not you).
Sure, we eventually wend our way towards a conclusion, but most of the rest felt like pure filler. Bundle some nice action scenes in between some vague character development, top it off with a cliff-hanger to bait people back into watching the next episode and there you have it - the perfectly manufactured TV dinner.
And that's the real difference between so-called "Old" and "New" Trek - it's no longer about space and exploration - it can't be, there's no room for it - it's about people, it's about spectacle, but most importantly it's about keeping viewers watching. Less a 'Space Opera' and more a 25th century tin of processed meat, or to reference something from the Seven of old: "nutritional supplement 14 Beta 7" - having the essential base components of a meal, but lacking anything resembling taste.
If all this sounds what you're looking for then by all means knock yourself out, and I guess I'll go back to rewatching the same old TV shows from before Game of Thrones ruined it for everyone else.