Re: final episode...
If it had been a Valentine to the fans, the story would have been about the actual crew instead of holograms of them where the only "real" people were Riker and Troi. It was a self-glorifying Valentine to the Berman years. Sort of like getting a "love letter" from Blue Velvet
's Frank Booth.
Frank Booth wrote:
. . .I'll send you a love letter, straight from my heart, f
r! You know what a love letter is? It's a bullet from a f
g gun, f
r! You receive a love letter from me, you're f
d forever! You understand, f
k? I'll send you straight to hell, f
Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard: For duty and humanity! --Men in Black (1934)