Starting up the second half of "The Final Chapter" (DS9's final 9 episodes), "When it introduces several new plot lines, moving from story to story until it ends so abruptly, the credits can come as a surprise.
Balancing the predictable and unpredictable, Echevarria and Dorn cut a quick pace from the get go and throw everything but the kitchen sink at the viewers. Gowron returns to replace Martok. Bashir must deal with a bureaucratic run around, like someone in our time trying to get help from customer service. Kira and Garak, former friends of Ziyal, are forced to help Damar. And Dukat finally goes too far and gets a lecture from Kai Winn about humility, which is sort of like Kanye West giving a sermon on manners. They're all such diverse ideas, and they're all thrown out so quickly, there's no time for the viewer to stop and process it all until the credits suddenly appear out of nowhere.
What to make of it all? Well, it's like a DS9 sampler, with a taste of the next two DS9 episodes thrown together before the subsequent episodes share the proper servings. Yet as an episode itself, it works splendidly, perhaps even better than the episodes it sets up. Perhaps Michael Dorn and rain aren't such a bad combination after all!