Loud As A Whisper
Episode 5 of 22 within Season Two. Item 30 of 182 overall.
Production number 132.
Jacqueline Zambrano - Writer
Larry Shaw - Director
316 votes

Stardate: 42477.2-- Leaders of warring factions in the Ramatis Star System have asked for the Federation to send a mediator to help resolve their differences. The Enterprise has been ordered by Star Fleet to act as courtesy transportation for the arbiter, a man named Riva who was instrumental in brokering treaties between the Klingon Empire and the Federation.

Meanwhile, Riva, who is a mute, is assisted in his arbitrations by three people who speak his thoughts and feelings. When the three are killed in an ambush, Riva tells the crew that he can not continue the arbitration with them. Capt. Picard must convince Riva to find another way to proceed, if a peace is to be brokered.

original airdate: January 09,1989   rating: 10.7 million

network: Syndication

music: Feature music by Dennis McCarthy


Alien races: Ramatisians, Solari

Goof: When Picard refuses food and refreshment from the chorus member when first meeting Riva, some equipment or possibly a crew member's hand appears on the left edge of the screen.

Trivia: 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.


[Voice of Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean Luc Picard]

"Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. It's continuing voyages to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before!"


"logh 'oH HeH Qav'e'. DaH 'entepray' Duj lengmey lutalu'. leng Huj chu' qo', yISam chu' yIn tayqeq chu', vay' boldly nuqDaq V pagh 'ej explore taH 'oH! "

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regional titles

Loud As A Whisper
L'Èclat d'un murmure
Der stumme Vermittler
Rumoroso come un sussurro
Fuerte como un susurro