Man, what was up
with that Jake/Nog b-story resolution? When I rewatched the series two years ago, I was really scratching my head at that one. I forgot about it altogether since, and every time I've seen this episode mentioned I've just immediately thought of the a-story. Good reason, I suppose. But yes, it's great to see Nog back on the station, at least. <3
You hit the nail on the head with your comment about Drama Writing 101, but that it still works because these characters have such chemistry. Whenever I've watched The Ascent since becoming a so-called adult, I've always kinda expected a little more out of the plotline briefly, but then relaxed and said, "oh, who cares? It's an Odo/Quark survival story. It's good."