Perhaps this and the subsequent short story should have a review/spoiler thread of their own?
Btw, what is the story about? Data and Shon talking with one another or is there also something else?
The Andorian Shon as captain of the Enterprise
is a good step away from the usually male Human-infested center seat, Imho. Also, being Andorian makes him the first non-heterosexual captain.