I have mixed feelings about the episode's not-so-surprising reveal, but they're mostly positive. It's pretty messed up Beverly would just cut communication with Picard and not even tell him about his son for a quarter century, though I expect we'll get some answers there shortly. It is, however, continuing a thread from Generations of all things where Picard lamented not only the deaths of his brother and nephew but also the fact that his family's lineage was effectively ended as a result. Now he has a son! Not in the way he or any of us expected, but still, I hope this is handled well by the end of the season.
Still don't much like Shaw, but he comes off better. There's clearly more to him yet to learn, and it is at least fun to watch him be absolutely frazzled at everything.
Also, re: Raffi's handler: Called it! Yes it WAS obvious but that doesn't make it not cool as hell when Worf swoops in to take care of some fools.
Right now I'd say my biggest critique is about Raffi and how she seems to have regressed back to Season 1? It's a bit weird to see her ex berate her for her conspiracy theories when Season 1 proved she was RIGHT about Romulan evacuation. Granted his problem was more with how conspiracies ultimately lead her to drug use but still, that's a pretty damn high horse for a guy who lives among criminals and thieves himself. But anyway, after excising nearly every other original Picard character from the first two seasons I really hope Raffi isn't totally brushed aside and torn down from where she was at the end of the second season, that'd just be a total waste.