The famous lines, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," perfectly describe the Jake Sisko episodes from the fourth season of DS9. "The Visitor" is, perhaps, the best of the series. "The Muse" might be the worst. Built on an idea that only a writer would think TV worthy (a sexy woman gets turned on by watching someone else write) the A story never gets off the ground and begins meandering before the second act. If the cast and crew set out to create an episode with the same vibe as TNG's second season finale, they could hardly have been more successful, with "The Muse" somehow duplicating the depression and tedium of "Shades of Gray".
The B story, with Odo, and Lwaxana Troi (in her last appearance on Star Trek) is built around an interesting cultural choice: the Tavnians hide the concept of gender from their children by segregating them at birth and having someone of the same sex raise them until the secret is revealed when the young turn sixteen. (Just imagine the horror the teenage girls go through when they discover there's a male species. "They want to do WHAT to me?" ) Lwaxana (or Laxwana, as guest star Michael Ansara first pronounces her name) is pregnant with a half-Tavnian boy and the father wants to take the baby away when it's born, so you can guess why she wants Odo's help. Unfortunately, instead of dealing with the problem, the episode makes a (morally questionable) end run around it. The result is an episode that feels like it has two C stories, and where the viewer waits in vain for something interesting to happen, only to be disappointed when nothing does.
Let's just say that writer Rene Echevarria will probably never cite this one as ""a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever