I care a great deal what race the captain is, as much as if he were human or alien, male or female. It mattered that Sisko was black and Janeway was female. It matters as much as every time we have called for an alien in the captains chair.
Those details matter when you're creating a character and to pretend they don't so you can stand on your high horse and look down on others is the real disappointment coming from another Star Trek fan, particularly one that has strived to create his own Sta Trek in the past. So don't tell me his race doesn't matter because it absolutely does. Saying it doesn't and writing it off is the kind of lazy storytelling I would expect and saw from the likes of Enterprise...case in point, they had no idea who Future Guy was during the entire run of the show. He was just some random alien interfering in the past and who knows what his actual motives truly were....no idea what race he was. Likewise, casting Archer as just another white guy, (Bakula's often mediocre acting aside) when they had every other race on earth to chose from is another perfect example. They could have gone in so many other directions that could have yielded far more interesting storytelling opportunities.
And I'm not dismissing him "just" because of his race. Maybe you missed the part where I said he'll likely do well if not excellent.
I'm dismissing him because in a show that strives to show diversity, I'm not overwhelmingly enthusiastic to see yet one one more white male character in the captains chair. It's a tame and safe choice in a time when Star Trek needs to be bold. Take a risk for crying out loud and if they're really going to try to live up to the Trek standard of being socially aware, then show us something we haven't seen before.
Not another white British actor.
If they wanted to impress me, then make the captain Indian or an aborigine and make them non-binary. Have them take a stand on an issue that is dividing our country because that is what the best science fiction does. There's no room for safe anymore. Safe gets canceled.
I'd rather have one season of Star Trek that really took chances and pushed the limits of what Trek could be, then seven seasons of bland formulaic storytelling with safe characters that don't offend anyone or try to change the way we might look at our world.
But hey, maybe I expect too much from Star Trek these days.
Now granted, we still don't know anything about his actual character and if it turns out that he is more than just another basic white human, then I'll certainly take back what I said. But until that is the case and I see that they've actually tried to take some risks with him, I stand by what I said. He may be an accomplished actor, but I'm not excited about what he does or doesn't bring to the cast.