There was a poll recently about who was the most developed character on DS9 and you might be surprised to learn that Nog and Garak came out on top, both winning 25% of the vote each. I love Garak, but even I had to vote for Nog in that poll. For a new viewer it may sound weird, but I think that Nog's story is a great aspect of DS9, and this episode is a big step in moving him away from the role of the typical Ferengi thug. As for the A-story... meh. I don't hate it, it's just a bit pointless to have Odo admit his love to Kira only for it not to be Kira. There are better uses for the Founders, and they'll show up a few more times before the season ends in episodes better than this one. Would you have preferred the original version of the episode? The original episode was written for season 2 by some freelancers and was about a prophesy of joy and happiness, and it was boring so it was shelved. Then Ron Moore joined the writing staff, read the script and decided that the episode should be re-jiggered to a PROPHESY OF DOOM! That's my Ron! This is the first of the so-called Emissary trilogy, and it's sort of an important episode. Firstly, there's a small impact on Sisko's character. Secondly, they can now communicate through the wormhole, so they can now place listening posts on the other side of the wormhole to make sure that a Dominion fleet doesn't suddenly appear and destroy the station. Personally, I don't love this episode, but I do enjoy it. I get what you're saying about it lacking oomph, it doesn't give the impression that these events will be important later, but they will, in a limited way.