"The Empath," OTOH... I guess the setting seems alien but it's not enough to overcome its crummy writing, dreary pacing, ambivalent direction and overacting. Yes, I hate it.
I feel the complete opposite about the Empath. It is one of my favorites not just from the 3rd season but the entire series in general.
The overall look of the episode is just one thing I love. My favorite thing about it is actually how the relationship & friendship of the main 3 are portrayed. And at least in terms of Shatner, Nimoy, and Kelley I think the acting was great. But that is just my opinion.