I finally watched the episode last night, and the first thing I did was watch it again. It was great fun! I've always liked the use of a practical set whenever you can fit one in, as difficult as it can be at times. The Hunter-Picard relationship was central to the whole thing and was very well played. And yes, it was great to see Picard in a plot that didn't involve him going ape-poop crazy on some bad guy's ass at the end.
Well done to you and the team!