Jake and Nog have never been favorites of mine. So, imagine my surprise when I realized that this is one of my top ten episodes of this series?
Yes, I'm a little strange and there are better choices for a top ten ep, but this one just struck me right.
It's not big broad comedy like we've come to expect with...well a lot of the Ferengi episodes. But it lives in that same world of fun fluff. What makes it work is the heart. What makes it work better is the fact that it really does have something to do with the overall story which was still rare in DS9.
To me, maybe that's the strength of the show. It took this little offkilter adventure that was a little pretentious and found a way for it to intersect with the major arc and have an impact. Infuse that with heart...and Well, that's a good episode to me.
Plus...you can't go wrong with an allusion to the Wizard of Oz.