Michael must be the most one dimensional main character in a Star Trek series ever.
Always the same attitude initially, when she rebels. Always the same "empathic' reaction, when others react to her moods and unduly decisions.
And Sonequa adds poor performance, to maximize the effect of the bad writing and character development.
She has just one set of facial expression for being competitive/rebellious and one for regret/acceptance. Rinse and repeat.
Shame, because the episode wasn't great otherwise, but without the unnecessary drama about Michael, it was pretty okay.