Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2, Episode 5

Loud as a Whisper (7 Jan. 1989)

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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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24th century | fight



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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 »


After giving Geordi, who is blind without his visor, an eye exam, Geordi asks Dr. Pulaski if she is done. She nods silently before he puts his visor on. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: Riva is not what I expected.
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A Whiney, Self-Indulgent Negotiator
5 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know. Everything seemed so contrived and almost silly. Here is this guy (Riva, whom I thought may be Reba McIntyre when I didn't hear properly) who looks like a televangelist with his bouffant hair and chiseled visage, who is a master negotiator. The kicker is that he has to carry around three people who form his "chorus." He is mute and deaf and passes thoughts to them. They express his emotions and his wishes to others. He is on his way to a summit to try to solve a centuries old feud between two warring parties. These guys look like refugees from a bad remake of "One Million B. C." Anyway, after he sets his parameters, Riva (with his chorus) and an "away team" are met with murderous intent. Quickly, the members of the chorus are annihilated, as is the assailant. The landing party barely makes it back to the ship. Now its time to pout. Riva, who has never lost a negotiation, takes his ball and is ready to go home. Troi has been the one to connect with him during all this because of her empathic powers. She is designated to do his job. The conclusion is quite non-surprising. The highlight for me is Data explaining to Captain Picard the sign language he learned as a means to communicating with Riva. The episode, however, is so far fetched, I never really got into it.

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