OK, some real time thoughts on this one.
I like the dress uniforms. Very similar to the Season 3 uniforms.
Is Tasha wearing a bra?
Passion about economic systems...ah, yes, the first season Roddenberry bullcrap.
Geordi "I'm the guy they stick when they need someone in a specialized area on the ship" LaForge.
Is going *into* the cloud really the best idea?
Are those Michael Dorn's real teeth?
The medical tech can't get off the ground after Worf attacks, but they stay focused on getting Worf up.
We no longer enslave animals for food...yeah, I don't want to live in the future.
Is Doctor Crusher drilling for oil or something? What's up with that hat?
It's weird how they come to the stations in back of the bridge to "use the computer". It's so contrary to our lives today, where we can access just about any information from just about any terminal.
God, those alien heads are terrible.
They waltzed into a strange space energy cloud, but the strange malfunctions must be the result of the carefully monitored inferior aliens on board?
If Gates McFadden grabbed my thigh like that, especially when I was 14 or so, I'd be walking uncomfortably for a few minutes...
It seems that Engineering is either a hotbed of activity, or we have just one person wandering around the engine room of the biggest ship in Starfleet.
Oh, Troi wants to try hypnosis. "You will focus on my cleavage. Nothing exists other than my cleavage..."
Data smoking in the conference room. Capitalism and eating animals=bad. Smoking in an enclosed room=just fine.
O'Brien gets to speak!
Picard admits to Crusher that he's been taken over by another creature, and they just keep going?
So we see energy beings throughout various Star Trek series, and they're always highly advanced. Now the transporter can just do it? The episode pretty much fell apart at that point.
Like Zevida said, the whole delegate storyline is left embarrassingly hanging. One of them was killed, and it's a joke at the end of the episode? "Ha, they want the cook to fix some gator! Tastes like dead diplomat to me!"
I think this episode had some Star Treky potential, but as others point out, the ending takes it from having possibility to definitely being the worst episode so far of the season. Thankfully, it only has to keep that honor until next week...