The problem with treating it as a "what if" story is that the characters aren't really themselves. And it's not that the virus thing amplified parts of their personalities, it seems to have completely replaced their existing ones. You may as well call Sisko by a completely different name as whoever was in this episode wasn't him.
This has to be one of the most overrated episode of Trek ever. It's not bad, it's just not that masterpiece that some make it out to be, and people tend to gloss over some of the plot-holes because they're so mesmerised by Darhe'el's ridiculously evil rant. But the biggest problem with this episode is that it's too complicated. A good episode of television shouldn't leave you guessing as to how it will end, it should be apparent within the first five minutes of the show. There are too many twists and turns in this episode to make it enjoyable.
No, I'm not insane, I'm just lying. I thought I'd have my fun with all of you before posting a real review. I'm too lazy to type up any more nonsense about this episode, so here's the lyrics from Copacabana to make this fake review look real at first glance. Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl. With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there. She would merengue and do the cha-cha and while she tried to be a star, Tony always tended bar. Across a crowded floor, they worked from 8 till 4, they were young and they had each other. Who could ask for more? At the Copa, Copacabana, the hottest spot north of Havana. At the Copa, Copacabana, music and passion were always the fashion at the Copa....they fell in love. His name was Rico, he wore a diamond. He was escorted to his chair, he saw Lola dancin' there and when she finished, he called her over. But Rico went a bit too far, Tony sailed across the bar and then the punches flew and chairs were smashed in two.
There was blood and a single gun shot, but just who shot who? At the Copa, Copacabana, the hottest spot north of Havana. At the Copa, Copacabana, music and passion were always the fashion at the Copa....she lost her love. Her name is Lola, she was a showgirl. But that was 30 years ago, when they used to have a show. Now it's a disco, but not for Lola, still in the dress she used to wear, faded feathers in her hair. She sits there so refined, and drinks herself half-blind. She lost her youth and she lost her Tony, now she's lost her mind! At the Copa, Copacabana, the hottest spot north of Havana. At the Copa, Copacabana, music and passion were always the fashion at the Copa....don't fall in love.
Form of... a cocktail umbrella: 7