Tantalizing isn't it? Are we going to see Treklit go the Countdown
way? Or not? Or something in-between?
I would've preferred if there were more ambivalence in Crusher's thoughts regarding Picard's actions. After all he saved her, so even if Picard was putting family first there should be something that should make her feel glad about it.
I kept half-expecting the plot to be grander viz. that the Breen were manipulating Starfleet and making them believe that they were being manipulated for some other sinister purpose, but that would have been just too incredible.
Overall I found the pacing to be excellent and the character moments poignant. Above Average.