This episode tackles one of the things I found fascinating about Shoujo Kakumei Utena--the character who lives to reflect the desires of others, and how easy it is to accept that this reflection is representative of the core because you badly want it to. And thus indicating that it ended exactly how Picard would want it to end--a strong intelligent woman sacrificing for him, chosing duty first, and leaving him with wistful pleasant memories and the knowledge that he had won her but not having to choose between her and his ship.
Also, every time I see the Enterprise zoom across the screen and see the stars shifting behind it, I have to say "That is not how stars work".
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