Really? I've seen fans go so far as to mention it as one of the worst episodes of the show, which I'd definitely consider a wild overreaction (there are so many other more deserving targets). Certainly the timing was unfortunate for the show; it's a slap in the face of a return to substandard dreck after a genuinely nicely laid hour of TV. I don't differ in that I don't see a point to non-arc episodes. As a Star Trek fan, quite fond of the episodic format for sci-fi storytelling. I just think a lot of them stink.