Paper Moon wrote:
Jake does help the episode quite a bit. It's such a shame they never could figure out what to do with him. In hindsight, the possibilities seem endless.
And while it's sad to see Nog get caught up in this collective fantasy of Red Squad's, it's also sadly believable given the character.
Yeah, here again, I can't really fault what the episode does. It makes sense that Nog would be taken in, or that he would get caught up in the group-think and enthusiasm. It also makes sense that Jake would be more resistant to that attitude.
There are even a few moments when Jake seems a bit timid and weak, which is good. It prevents his careful attitude, which turns out to be right, from seeming too attractive.
Having said that, I just don't find the episode all that compelling, and never have. I guess that's because of the throwaway quality of the Red Squad characters, and because the episode makes its point in a way that strikes me as too heavy-handed.