This series just gets better and better until it ends. Being television from the 90s, there's more than a few episodes that are flat and awkward, but the good episodes are more frequent, and even better than the good episodes of earlier seasons. The characters continue to grow and don't stagnate, which is remarkable for a series that got to its seventh season. Wrinkles like Troi and Work's relationship, and Crusher and Troi's struggle for promotion get explored up to the very end. They don't feel like naked ratings grabs, but rather real, plausible character growth.
The regular hokiness of Star Trek and the implausibility of the hegemony remains, of course, as well as the rather flat characterization of the other alien species, but I still really, really like this series.