This was probably the best episode of the season so far, for me. Leaving aside the fact that this crew seems so unqualified, we had plots that generally made sense. While tropy (I groaned at the "three hours earlier" shtick), this ep still allowed the characters to grow, and we lost one (which made me happy). And there were some nice moments with Niko. Katie continues to kill it.
I do think the show has not positioned Niko correctly. She has been painted as a mom who is an astronaut who was caught up in a bad situation on her last ship. Her actions that we see, including her behavior while kidnapped, are more like a special forces soldier.
I'm NOT digging the whole "political guy sees hallucination" bit. It's annoying when we see characters who know something is wrong, and none of the rest of the characters know. We're just waiting for it to become an issue.
That's true. Though right now I keep thinking they must have way better people in soma, so wake them up and put these people back to sleep.