I think MEG agrees with you, "startrekwatcher", but also points out some of the weaker plot points.
I just was actually referring to the way a lot of fans look down on this episode not MEG. I just always found that it was under-appreciated.
It's hard to portray such ideas about death and grief in a one-hour TV drama.
Agreed and for that very reason I thought "The Bonding" should get a lot more credit. It nicely covered a whole array of reactions and I actually was emotionally invested in Jeremy and his loss which is impressive given as MEG pointed out we never really knew Marla Aster except for the recordings.
And I know the child actor gets slammed a lot but I think a lot of what is perceived as bad acting really was just his trying to come across as numb and in shock to the loss.