I know Brannan Braga has since tried to 'disown' the episode and apologized to fans for writing it, but, as a writer myself, I think that's a mistake. You should never apologize - or have to apologize - for anything you've written even if people think something you've written is a pile of crap. You stand by your creativity and ideas even if other people don't like them.
Apology--Hell he went on a develop & name his next (non trek) series based on this ep's title.
It wasn't an apology it was an endorsement!