'Samaritan Snare' isn't the best ep overall, but for me the Picard/Wesley element is the better half.
And yes, when having a two-hander conversation sometimes keeping the backdrop plain is smarter so the audience will focus on the conversation.
'If the Apocalypse starts, beep me!' - Buffy Summers
'The sky's the limit.....' Jean-Luc Picard, 'All Good Things'
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