A half-decent episode, noteworthy for Data's description of friendship, which comes up later.
Not sure what the big problem with the depiction of the colony is. A failed colony where civilization collapses is a valid concept. These people obviously didn't accept Federation authority, and given Tasha's backstory, apparently starships had been there before to assess the situation. The people who ran things on the planet were violent and treacherous. You can't save people from themselves.