The trilogy that opens up season 2 of DS9 presages the show's modus operandi in later years - a willingness to carry forward lots of separate threads, trusting that fans will have the patience to watch them all tie together by the end.
We get that here - Sisko exploring Bajoran politics, Kira rediscovering herself at a Bajoran monastery, Jaro plotting a coup, and Odo carrying out an investigation. Each of these stories is interesting and engaging in its own right. The rescue of Kira from captivity - a sequence that would normally wrap up an episode, is placed in the middle.
Despite this trilogy's focus on Kira's character, there are some nice Sisko moments here - particularly the moment in which he decides to ignore an admiral's orders. And the amusing farewell sequence in Major Kira's quarters has the humor that the show weaved so skillfully even into its most serious stories.