So it seems part of the idea is that because they were having the cynical, black ops nostalgic easter egg facility of Daystrom station they wanted to balance it out by having the idealistic nostalgic easter egg facility of the Fleet Museum in the same episode (I mean a more morally ambiguous Starfleet is one thing, but we have to still want it to be saved). The problem is that, between both of those locations and wanting to bring the last of the principals into the story because... crap the season's half over, it was just a wall to wall nostalgia episode, that felt like about an episode and a half to two episodes of material crammed into one. And the stuff they refused to cut was the nostalgia stuff, which is probably a sign they know their audience, because one thing this season isn't is particularly accessible to anyone who isn't hyper-familiar with 90s Trek.Ok, fun episode, but, sheesh, the nostalgia wank is getting a bit thick. I mean, holy crap, I get the power of nostalgia, but, Picard is turning into a Clip Show. Literally.
Ok, fine, I get that this is wrapping everything up in a neat little bow and is just massive amounts of fan service, but, good grief.
I kind of loved everything, but I think it would have been stronger stretched over a couple episodes. On the other hand after two seasons of Picard being the slowest paced Trek series in history, cramming too much into an episode is a nice change of pace.