Agreed. I never cared for it before, but now this actually seems like one of the better-written episodes of the season. And the fact these aliens now look for all the world like a couple of meth addicts
makes it seem even darker and edgier-- and makes the alien "dealers" seem like one of the most evil and cruel of the entire series.
And I for one LOVE Beverly's role in the episode. It's awesome seeing her piece together the truth, and her growing frustration with Picard and the Prime Directive is completely understandable. The suffering just those two
addicts were going through was hard enough to watch, but to imagine that happening on a planetary