While being little more than a scene-setting episode that attempts to arrange all of the characters on their new journeys, and also being unfortunately predictable. I found this quite easy to enjoy. The characters all feel so fully rounded and developed by this point and their easy cameradie comes across so well. In particular, O'Brien/Bashir/Quark make for a fantastic trio, and I also loved seeing Miles going to visit Worf for a drink.
Kira, now a Colonel, gets some meaty material as she goes head to head with the new Romulan representative. Nana Visitor does her usual excellent job, it's such a shame that the same can't be said for the utterly bland Romulan who seems to speak her lines with all the enthusiasm of reading the phone book.
The Sisko part of the story is a bit more troublesome. Seeing our Captain depressed and lost prevents the episode from having momentum and it feels like it goes on a bit too long. There are some major revelations that occur here, though, which do spice things up but it's also where the predictablity factor comes into play. Sisko's dad becomes very dramatic in the way that only TV characters can when questioned about his mysterious secret. The locket has some writing on it and, guess what? It's ancient Bajoran - who didn't see that coming? The mysterious hooded figure turns out to be an assassin. Mm hmm.
It's fortunately not enough to derail things for me. We get some superb moments here too, notably the continued arc of Damar who we now learn has developed a drinking problem. Plus, the episode ends with the wonderful introduction of EZRI! God, I love Ezri. Maybe it's a poor idea to replace Jadzia so quickly, but Ezri is going to inject all sorts of joy and enthusiasm into the show and I'm so glad she's here.