If this had just been an episode about Quark and a business rival while O'Brien and Bashir play space-racquetball, it would have been better off.
That hits the nail right on the head concerning Rivals
. What was so wrong with a story about Quark facing some competition on the Promenade mixed in with some building of the O'Brien-Bashir friendship that they felt it needed all the nonsense thrown in?
Now granted, a story like that probably wouldn't have been great, but it probably would have been in the two-and-a-half star range for me. I most likely could have appreciated it the same way I did ENT: Precious Cargo
- as an enjoyable little fluff episode.