One of the rare highlights of TNG’s seventh season, this episode is most remarkable for featuring a pre-Lost Terry O’Quinn as Riker’s duplicitous former commander. That alone makes this episode sci-fi gold. Riker’s dilemma is a very human one: an older man realizing that by doing something “right” in his youth, he actually did something wrong – it’s the inverse of Tapestry. And we finally get the answer to why the Feds don’t have cloaking devices.
But the episode’s real brilliance is this golden nugget right here:
This episode was so good that it’s understandable that they picked it to revisit with the Enterprise finale. … But even its presence couldn’t save that hunk a junk.