What were they thinking having Riker and Troi in the episode anyway? Watching TATV and Pegasus back to back is so disorienting. You can't help but conclude that Berman and Braga were high when they thought this lazy attempt would swing with fans. Valentine to the fans my ass. Why not set it post Nemesis? Instead of trying to ignore the fact the actors had aged 11 years since the tie-in episode it's connected to first aired. Maybe TATV is in an alternate universe where the ENT-D was never destroyed and the Pegasus story happened years later than it did in the prime timeline.
No no, there needed to be a TNG episode with a bloating disease that TATV is set during.