- Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: The actor who portrayed Riva, Howie Seago, was actually deaf. In fact, he had petitioned the producers of the show to make an episode about deaf people, mostly to dispel myths about them. He suggested the resolution after the initial script had a quite different ending, which had Riva learning to speak overnight after being unable to use a translator.
- Promoted Fanboy: Howie Seago was a huge fan of Trek and a regular on Usenet newsgroups.
- You Look Familiar: This is the first appearance of Randy Oglesby, who would have numerous roles in the TNG era shows before recurring as Degra in Season 3 of Star Trek: Enterprise.
Trivia / Star Trek: The Next Generation S2E5 "Loud As a Whisper"