The crew ferries a deaf mediator to Solais V to negotiate an end to a civil war.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marnie Mosiman ...
Harmony / Balance
Scholar / Artist (as Thomas Oglesby)
Leo Damian ...
Warrior / Adonis
Howie Seago ...
Richard Lavin ...
Warrior #1
Chip Heller ...
Warrior #2


Worf is most anxious to meet Riva, the almost mythical negotiator who played a key part in appeasing the Klingons so they could enter the Federation. The Enterpise picks him up at his home planet and learns he's mute and comes with a 'chorus' of three who not only speak for him but also represent complementary views on things and emotions. he confidently goes about his mission, but a rogue member from the delegation of one of two centuries-warring planets suddenly murders his entire chorus. Disheartened, Riva wants to retreat altogether, only Troi hopes to persuade him to persevere and senses an angle. Written by KGF Vissers

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7 January 1989 (USA)  »

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Guest star Howie Seago, who plays Riva, is deaf in real life and had in fact petitioned the producers to create an episode involving deaf people. See more »


When Picard refuses food and refreshment from the chorus member when first meeting Riva, some equipment or possibly a crew member's hand appears on the left edge of the screen. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: You will be careful, sir?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Oh, cluck, cluck, cluck, Number One.
Commander William T. Riker: Sir?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: You're being a mother hen.
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Featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Whiny, self-indulgent "reviews" don't lower the quality of this episode
20 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are a number of good things in this episode. For one, it has one of the best vaporizations of the whole Star Trek franchise. And to top it off, one of the people who was vaporized was Marnie Mossman, Q's (John DeLancey's) wife.

The issue here, is that we have a federation negotiator who has developed a unique way of communication. But unfortunately he is a little bit too self-confident, confidence that gets knocked down when something unexpected happens.

But an amazing thing occurs at that time, the negotiator is shown as a real person, Who can still do his job even with the handicap he is given back after the incident. But what is most important is that it takes Troy and Data to show this man that he can still do what he needs to do.

After all, this is one of the men that helped negotiate the peace between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. If he has Worf's respect, then his reputation for 100% success has been wholly deserved. This episode shows that even the most successful people can have reversals set up on them but that they can still function and do what they need to do even in the midst of that. One of the most difficult things to deal with is Deafness, this man was born deaf and mute, but he developed a chorus that allowed him to communicate. In a way, this man was carting around a miniature royal court. Well, we have seen through history that even Royals are human beings and have their own difficulties.

The man who had boarded the enterprise was blustery and confident, the man left standing on the hilltop at the end of the episode was to same man, he had taken his disadvantage and turned it into an advantage.

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