I keep wanting to like this show more than I do.
This was one of the few episodes that didn't disappoint me.
To me, good scifi is often social commenntary upon our own world. I liked the idea that Mongo could be Earth - just one a little ahead of us in ravaging the planet.
I liked getting the backstory of how the planet got to be the way it was.
The subplot of Ming dealing with the dissident was not that exciting but was still of interest. It has interested me in seeing how people deal with facism/ a repressive government by finding laughter - be it Daily Show pointing out the ludicrousness of current government or jokes about Stalin or Honecker.
And it was nice to see that Zarkov had inspired a crush and that someone valued his independence rather than rote recital of the "party line" and sticking to the same paradigm. I especially liked that she was pretty (w/out being scarily bimbo or fake looking) and yet also portrayed as smart, intelligent and in a position of some power.
I hope they continue in this vein of more serious explorations of the characters and of Mongo.