Oh, it's definitely chock full of features that I think are fantastic. Most of them are over my head right now, and I'm just far, far too busy with BS in life right now to sit down and learn how to use it all, but on the whole it's topped up with stuff I'm going to absolutely love.
None of these features, however, require the animations, the "real time" thread updates, nor the single "Latest" page that dumps all threads from every category into a single page, using the categories as a tag rather than a folder. I really, really hate the GMail style tags. I'm a linear thinker, a scientist, and a structuralist. I like my Legos separated by colour and dimension, and kept separate. This is the Lego equivalent of just dumping everything into the bucket, as far as I'm concerned.
Discourse is a post-structuralist forum application, and I'm a structuralist.