Some very good points in this episode. Another holodeck encounter - at least a subplot, namely Rykers Minute lounge spectator.
Ryker gets shown up by the holographic band! :D
Picard and Ryker kick alien ass on their own - albeit too briefly.
Data fecks up big time! :D
The aliens play a big part in the plot and extend you to sympathise with their plight. I just thought that we should have at least got to see a portion of their homeworld when it was resuced! At least they got better at it later on.
Lastly, probably the most impressive part of this episode is that we get to see a starbase up close and personal. For me, its a big thing when we see parts of the Federation in more detail.
A very, very good episode.