I liked JD’s redemption arc - without getting into the whole ‘gender’ debate it’s something that’s missing too often nowadays. All heroes are now just automatically super-powered Mary Sues with no flaws, and no obstacles pose a problem for them.
For me it’s more about the new blood (and writers) mocking the old characters -
Everyone blindly following Kait even though her rash decision evolved the Swarm exponentially.
Kait and Del pretty much talking smack about EVERYONE during the skiff segments (Marcus, Anya, Paduk, Baird, JD, Fahz et al).
Marcus somehow forgetting that he blew up the door in New Hope.
Making fun of Paduk - “how do we shut him up?”, “what does he know about the HoD?” How about you take a look at his face you smartAlecs, and how far would you get with the launch without his help?
Did anyone read Ascendance? Every encounter with the Swarm Marcus either got injured or needed rescuing by Kait.