An obvious episode made much more than it must have seemed on paper by the direction. Bowan will do it again in DataLore
(an evil twin? BLEURGH) and I think a lot of the credit here deserves to go to him. It's a dark, tense 44 minutes despite the fact it's insanely obvious what's going on to everyone except the leads.
I do think the Picard Manouver doesn't quite come off, as displayed on screen it's slow enough to seem like it would only be effective against Riker, a commander Generations
will show has a real problem with the idea of just shooting all his ship'smany weapons at once.
Is this the last time we see the Ferengi till Peak Performance