If non-humanoid Barash had stayed
after this episode, with Riker now having this alien adopted son on the ship and going ahead and trying to be a father to him, I'd have more patience for "Future Imperfect." It could have leant a bit more depth to Riker's character, fit in nicely with the ship's avowed mission--"Contact new life? Hell, I'm raising
him!"--and been a more interesting, substantial version of the Worf-and-Alexander thread.