It does a great job of making me not focus on how hot she is during the show, that's for sure.
Liking this season so far. The funny bits and the serious bits. The guy who plays Steve in American Dad being socially awkward to the point of being unable to talk to girls made me laugh a lot. Because Steve.
Alara is one of my favorite characters and I felt she had the best chance of having the more emotionally connecting, genuine character development that wasn't based on quirkiness or oddity (like Bortis) nor overly forced sentimentality (like the single-mother doctor). That said, I thought this episode was ho-hum. It might just be a product of the stand-alone-episode style that at times feels very dated for this type of show, though, because it's what I wanted for the character (minus her leaving) going into the episode, but halfway through I wanted it to be way more subtle and occasional than a full episode. Then she's leaving and it felt like a throwaway episode as it didn't really set up a triumphant return or anything.
I think most of my very few issues with the show are the challenge of the week format. Especially when it becomes a character development of the week. But shrug, still the best Star Trek since DS9!