Closed Caption wrote:
This episode is amazing.
Like Plato's Stepchildren kind of bad.
If they'd kept this sort of thing up, we'd never have gotten to the Borg.
TNG had already been renewed for a second-season by the time this episode aired. The ratings were high (and stayed high) and people had been generally positive about TNG.
Personally, I like the first two seasons better than anything that came after.