One of those episodes where I can see and agree with every flaw but the childhood nostalgia is enough to carry me through it and I wind up enjoying it with a goofy grin on my face. Mainly because, despite the inherent stupidity of the situation there's enough good, albeit very silly, lines to keep it fun as well.
A pity that this (with Manhunt as well IIRC) drove Trome away from the series, he had a nice ear for comedy the show would perhapds lack in later years. Though the set up of this and the Big Goodbye suggest he perhaps wasn't that interested in the regular format for Star Trek.
A sign of how pissed he was at some of the people he worked with on the show is there's a minor recurring character in early Sliders who is a complete dick called Hurley who (according to the DVD commentary on the pilot) is named in honour of someone we all name and love that he considered had a similar personality.