I hated that trope the first time I ever saw it decades ago, and thought it was stupid then. Admittedly, there have been a few series where the coming attractions have prepared me for yet another expected slog, but it's turned out better than I thought it would: ST:TNG, or maybe DSN (or maybe both!), and maybe the remake of BSG had an episode like that. This episode's use of the trope was by far the dumbest, most sloggiest ever. I picked up a magazine to read during those scenes; their utter stupidity was making me see red. The rest of the ep was OK, although the big reveal about the little dome was hardly earth-shattering. Ooh, it can project stars too. I have something in my toddler's room that can do that, and it doesn't require four annoying people to be touching it.