It was so Trek, it almost made me think this thread now belongs in Star Trek. (Not really).
McFarlane has been credited with writing all three episodes thus far aired but this was the first where he really tackled a subject as the old Trek might have, playing it mostly straight, and he pretty much pulled it off. There were still throwaway "bits" (Palicki showing the idiocy of the helmsman was a funny one) but this episode upped the ante considerably. I'm also impressed that McFarlane gave most of the funny and the meaty, serious dialogue to others.