- Creator Backlash: Writer D.C Fontana took her name off the episode after it was rewritten.
- Old Shame:
- Staff writer Maurice Hurley said of this episode, "I didn't like that show at all. It just wasn't very good. What it did show, though, was that the new ensemble could interact, and that there were relationships between them that worked. But doing it was terrible. It was a warmed over premise. Why do it?"
- Wil Wheaton didn't much care for it either, giving it a D+ in his review.
- Jonathan Frakes sharply criticized this episode, going so far as to calling it the worst segment of The Next Generation he ever did, saying he felt "totally ashamed" by it. However, while recalling the first season (at a time near the end of the series), Frakes noted on how much greater the chances the writers took on the show than they did at the end of the series. In contrasting "Skin of Evil", which he described as "absurd" and one of that season's "misses", he described this episode as "great" in as far as it being "the episode which we've never done anything quite like where everyone got drunk and horny. That was risky."
- Prop Recycling: The SS Tsiolkovsky is a reuse of the Oberth-class USS Grissom model from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
- Recycled Script: Even Riker points this out.
- Unintentional Period Piece: The SS Tsiolkovsky, has a plaque stating that it was built in the USSR.
- Possible, despite real-world politics, given Trek's timeline with the Eugenics Wars and World War 3.
- What Could Have Been: The story went through various stages of wackiness in its early rewrites. At least one draft played it more seriously, using the polywater virus as an opportunity to explore the new characters and what makes them tick (as per the TOS original), but the shooting script dropped most of this character background in favor of massive amounts of Denser and Wackier instead.
Trivia / Star Trek: The Next Generation S1 E2 "The Naked Now"