||Not exactly brilliant. It was very slow and generally awkward most of the way through. The overall story of the entity being captured from the cloud and making its way back could have taken half an hour, but it was stretched to full-length with a lot of faffing around deciding what to do. The two alien delegations were clearly there for padding, after all they contributed very little to the story. One good point though was that they allowed different people to contribute, Troi with her 'duality' explanation, La Forge with what he saw with his visor and so on, I especially liked Data's little Holmes vignettes. The solution at the end, replicate the captain, was very effective too. With Picard's character, they seem to be developing him as Hornblower in space, someone who keeps a lot of things back, outwardly gruff but softer inside. It did help that they had a very good actor, though.