The episode takes chances: creating a more-alien-than-usual-for-Star Trek alien race mostly through language, which could have been silly but which led as big a language lover as author Ursula K. LeGuin to praise the episode. Also, one scene, 7 minutes long, is this single attempted dialogue. Dathon, mortally injured by the creature, is resting. Picard joins him and tries to learn more about the stories Dathon has been citing to him since the two crews met. The two captains come to a further, deeper understanding. And Picard gets to tell a story.
Later, in the episode's final scene, Picard reflects on the encounter. What he says still gets me, 20 years later: "The Tamarian was willing to risk all of us, just for the hope of communication. Connection. Now the door is open between our peoples. That commitment meant more to him than his own life."