Its fun watching this show start to develop its dramatic side. Im not going to say this episode is perfect, but it worked very well, and the ending had a real kick to the gut feeling that I like in dramatic episodes. First, the weaker parts of the episode--you've really got to stop asking yourself "why". So this all powerful being does something he feels extremely guilty for, so he decides to spend eternity with a reproduction of his wife on a conspicuous parcel of land. Strange version of penance. Or, I guess, he just wanted to try to forget. Marina Sirtis' portions of the episode were kind of cringe inducing. The Troi B plot (if you can call it that, since it was highly related to the main plot) was a great idea, just not well acted. But Patrick Stewart and John Anderson really nailed it. They were the heart and soul of the episode, and on that level it worked very well. Realizing that, near the end, Picard knew what was going on and he knew what was going to happen, and then understanding Kevin's pain and finally learning the truth of the situation (including the death of his wife, which, I believe the first time I saw this episode, came totally by surprise) had some real punch.