I definitely agree, they had one heck of a writing staff. It’s not quite in place at this point, and won’t be until Ira Behr becomes bona fide showrunner and they inherit two of the best TNG writers, but on the plus side they have Peter Allan Fields—without him these first two seasons would have been missing virtually all the finest episodes. Whenever you saw his name in the credits you were guaranteed a well written and emotionally involving episode. I missed him a lot when he retired, although he would happily contribute another couple of classics in years to come. I noticed this myself! The TNG writers were generally hesitant to acknowledge TOS too much, and even when they did it was sometimes with a slight air of condescension (ie., the crew’s somewhat superior attitude to their predecessors, most notable in “Relics”, an otherwise great episode). DS9’s tributes were miles ahead in my book. I’d totally forgotten about Voq! If I recall he was outcast for being an albino as well. Which would seem to suggest that this Albino is, in fact, also a Klingon outcast. I never joined the dots before, but it makes sense and makes me even more curious about his history. It’s interesting that the episode doesn’t even give him a name: the Klingons refer to him as “Albino” alone, making it sound like a dehumanising insult.