A couple days ago I watched:
- 2x07 - "Rules of Acquisition": It's a Ferengi-centric episode, and I don't love those. The farce, in particular, was too broad for me in this one. On the other hand, the build-up of the Dominion as this whispered name that everybody in the Gamma Quadrant seems to fear but nobody seems to want to talk about is interesting.
- 2x08 - "Necessary Evil": This episode answers one of the big lingering questions from the first season: How did Odo, the only known example of his species, go from a lab rat trotted out to entertain guests to the head of security for an entire space station? It also gives us a glimpse into Kira's days as a rebel freedom fighter, before peace and the Federation's civilizing influence began to influence her behavior. Odo and Kira have probably the oldest friendship of all of the characters (except maybe Sisko and Dax, depending on how you look at it), and it's interesting that that friendship began with Kira manipulating Odo into being her unwitting co-conspirator.
- 2x10 - "Sanctuary": There were a few things I liked about this episode: First and foremost, that it took the universal translator a long time to decipher the Skrreean language. Whether they really were from the Alpha Quadrant or not, they'd spent the entirety of their recorded history in the Gamma Quadrant, on the other side of the galaxy. It makes sense that their language would be very different than the Alpha Quadrant languages. It was also interesting that they were a matriarchal society, where the women were generally larger and taller than the men. Anything that breaks away from aliens that are essentially human beings with only one bit of prosthetics as a differentiating factor is a good thing. I would love to visit Draylon II in the "Picard" era and see what the Skrreeans have made of it.