- Epileptic Trees:
- SF Debris throws out the possibility that Captain Satelk, the Vulcan that's overseeing the inquiry, is actually a Romulan double agent, due to his unnervingly sinister appearance.
- Due to the near identical nature of their backstories and the fact that they are both played by Robert Duncan McNeill, some fans believe that Nicholas Locarno is really Tom Paris, having gone to the Academy under a pseudonym rather than appear to have been admitted due to Admiral Paris's influence.
- Though according to McNeill, the two characters are the opposite of one another: Paris is a nice guy who puts up a jerkass façade and will always do the right thing; Locarno is a jerkass who puts up a nice guy façade and does the right thing only when cornered. (Essentially, Tom Paris is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, while Nick Locarno is a Bastard in Sheep's Clothing.)
- Harsher in Hindsight:
- So remember that time when Wesley said "I'm with Starfleet. We don't lie."? Still think that, Wes?
- The episode becomes somewhat of a Broken Aesop in light of later events. If Siskos actions "In the Pale Moonlight" are anything to go by, apparently Starfleets officers are all too willing to lie, deceive and obfuscate as needed if it serves a greater good.
- Take That, Scrappy!: The episode is one long piece of it—especially the famous chewing-out in Picard's ready room—showing that Wesley is no longer in any way a Creator's Pet who can never do any wrong, and for whom the scripts will no longer bend over backwards to make look better.note
YMMV / Star Trek: The Next Generation S5E19 "The First Duty"