I fell behind last week--I'll say I was giving everyone the chance to watch the new Bluray. Some technical comments: The lighting in the intro is impressive. I wonder if the coloring really worked that way (especially the way the the uniforms popped when the flashlights hit them). Speaking of the flashlights, I've always loved the away team flashlights. They seem like such a cool design design. I wonder if flashlights of that design are available for purchase. I'm trying to remember if we've seen the power indicator on phasers before this episode--it's a nice little detail thrown in. As for the episode: There were some things not to like--the over the top Gatherers, the somewhat weak acting from the girl playing Yuta...but overall, this one was pretty powerful. I loved how it focused on Riker, and not just in a "Riker bags the pretty alien girl" way like some other episodes have. It gave the character some much needed depth, and just like Levar Burton doing a great job in "The Enemy", Frakes did excellent work here. The other interesting character focus was Crusher. I know that she's not the most loved character on the series (although she's definitely better than Pulaski!), and I know I've also expressed an unhealthy love for McFadden, but I've always thought that, when given a chance to really play a part (instead of filling in a "He's dead, captain" type role), she did a great job. Her part in this episode was smaller, but very well done. And back to those gripes, or at least the first--while the Gatherers were definitely over the top, I liked them. They weren't parodies of strong characters--they seemed much more real, with their over the top attitude begin an important piece of who they were.