@billcosby: Good points. Yes, I definitely think TBOBW should have been written as one story from the get go. They shouldn't have set up such a huge cliffhanger if they didn't know how to properly conclude it. Where could they go from there? Kill Picard? While it would have made for a stronger story, IMO, it would have ruined the show in the long term. TNG couldn't have continued without the presence of Picard. So, the only solution is a cop out........and yes, Family is fantastic! One of my all time favorites.
@TheSubCommander: All good points. I guess all I can say is that I wish the circumstances had been different. Maybe they were spent by that point and couldn't afford it?? Glad you and your buddies loved it the first time around. I enjoyed my first watch through as well, just wish it was more enjoyable for me the second time around.