First episode was good, as an origin story to set up the plot going forward. Visuals looked very nice.
Second episode is kinda showing that the screenwriters have no clue about science nor politics. They have a cute perspective and a teenie bopper high school approach to humanity's interpersonal relationships. If you're going to spend this amount, you need to send the script through iterations and strengthen what works and cut the redundant. That was not done. That or hire a proven professional who loves the material from the start. Drama and dialog are poor; melodrama more suited for a silent film, glowering. Scenes are looking like storyboard copies of better movies.
Apple+ take a chance and buy an adult story or adaptation. We are not in the 1950s, and you can add some sex, violence and throat gasping tensions to the mix. Galactic Empire is well documented in our history how that perverts.
Not hopeful going forward and will probably use the view time to doze.
Casting is slow trainwreck of trouble -- pay for trained actors or at least hire unknowns with better diction.
Maybe Dune will be more captivating.