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Star Trek - The Next Generation, Episode 32: Loud As A Whisper

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Riva (Howie Seago) is one of the best mediators in the universe, and theEnterpriseis assigned to transport him to Solais V, a planet that's been undergoing a bitter civil war for years. It turns out that Riva is a New Age deaf mute whose thoughts and … see full wiki

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A fairly steamy dinner between Troi and Riva

  • Jan 19, 2005
A planet has been torn by a centuries-old war and the Enterprise is assigned the task of transporting a mediator named Riva to the planet in an attempt to stop it. He is deaf and mute, but is able to communicate through a group of three people called the Chorus. They are able to communicate telepathically with Riva, and each is more in tune with one aspect of his emotions than the other aspects. Therefore, they speak at different times, depending on his thoughts and moods.
Upon arriving at the planet, Riva, his Chorus and a small Enterprise team beam down and meet with the leadership of the two factions fighting on the planet. A dissident soldier opens fire, killing all three members of the Chorus. A grief-stricken Riva then refuses to continue the mediation process, even though both factions really want to end the war. To provide a way for the Enterprise crew to communicate with Riva, Data learns sign language and a debate begins between Riva and Captain Picard. After intense appeals to his professional responsibilities, Riva agrees to beam back down to the planet and meet with the two sides. However, he does it alone, with no help from the Enterprise crew. They beam back up to the Enterprise, leaving him to carry on.
On the plus side, this episode shows significant contributions by someone that would be considered disabled. However, I find it difficult to believe that the Enterprise would leave one of the best negotiators in the Federation alone on a planet after such an assassination. While achieving peace on the planet is important, keeping key Federation personnel alive would be more important.
My favorite part of the episode is the romantic dinner between Riva and Troi. It starts with a member of the chorus present, but this unnerves Troi. There is a great deal of sexual tension between them, and it is well acted by both characters. It is quite steamy, even though they are only talking.
This is not one of the very best episodes, nor is it one of the worst. Of all the TNG episodes, this is the one that I would, without a moment's hesitation, rank exactly in the middle.

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Star Trek - The Next Generation, Episode 32: Loud
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Paramount

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