Flying Spaghetti Monster wrote:
...and plot itself isn't contrived to make the episode fulfill a ratings quotient.
I don't even know what this means?
Again, I reiterate my first point: I like the controversy. Makes it a strong episode!
I wouldn't mind the controversy if the science made the least bit of sense and that Phlox's dialogue matched what we see on the planet.
Those two things sink it down into Insurrection territory for me. YMMV.