Wow. Wow, wow, wow, wow. Is there anything in this episode that wasn't hitting on all cylinders? The cast nailed it. They had to have blown a significant amount of money on FX. The writing (Ronald Moore, of course) was spot on perfect. There are a few episodes of this series that exemplify everything that this show could be--and this was one of those episodes. With how powerful the story was, I want to hit the tech first. If I didn't know about stuff coming up later in the season, I'd say they blew the FX budget on this episode. A new Romulan ship, lots of stuff on viewscreens and out windows, and I think there was even a new Enterprise action shot at the end of the episode. And it might seem silly, but I'm noticing a LOT more usage of PADDs in this and a couple previous episodes. This was 1989 (actually, this episode apparently first aired on 1/1/1990), and they were all carrying iPads, and using them just as we use iPads today. Back on the story, though, it's tough to really say anything, because I don't think I can do it justice. The plans within plans were well thought out. The acting (including Patrick Stewart in a separate role in the opening) was excellent. The emotions that the episode wanted to convey came across clearly and powerfully, without being overdone. One thing I would have liked to have seen, although I admit it would have been corny and would have detracted from the episode overall--during the opening, when Data is listing the Shakespearean actors that he is emulating, it would have been funny to hear him mention "Stewart" in the list.