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In the Pale Moonlight 

To save the Federation in a critical scheme, Sisko comes to realize that he must violate its fundamental principles to do so.

Director:

Victor Lobl

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Captain Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Commander Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Commander Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien (credit only)
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Andrew Robinson ... Garak (as Andrew J. Robinson)
Jeffrey Combs ... Weyoun
Casey Biggs ... Damar
Howard Shangraw Howard Shangraw ... Grathon Tolar
Stephen McHattie ... Vreenak
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judi M. Durand Judi M. Durand ... Station Computer (voice) (as Judi Durand)
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Storyline

To save the Federation in a critical scheme, Sisko comes to realize that he must violate its fundamental principles to do so.

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to Ronald Moore, the title of the episode was a reference to the phrase "Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?" from the film Batman. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the episode, Sisko says "Computer, erase that entire personal log." This command would result it the erasure of all entries in the Personal log stored in the computer. I doubt this was in intent, he should have said "erase that entire log entry" Also, it is far too easy to erase computer data. It is unlikely that the computer would not prompt an "Are you sure?" step, as computers have done this almost from the beginning. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain Sisko: Captain's personal log, stardate five one seven... thr-, uh... Five one seven... four - Computer, what day is it?
Cardassian Computer Voice: Stardate 51721.3.
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References Batman (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Maybe DS9's finest.
29 July 2009 | by stormofwarSee all my reviews

Folks either hate this episode or love it. Honestly, I think it's of the best of the series, along with "Duet", "The Visitor", and "The Way of the Warrior".

To make a long story short, Sisko may have to sacrifice everything to save the Federation (and the Alpha Quadrant) from certain annihilation at the hands of the Dominion.

Andrew Robinson and Avery Brooks have tremendous chemistry in this episode, and it challenges everything that made Star Trek what is was. Make no mistake, few series can get away with it, let alone accomplish something like this.

The direction and script were fantastic in this episode, also producing a new canon ship and giving one the best one liners in Star Trek history.

This episode may not have the touching emotions of "The Visitor" or the dynamic action of "Way of the Warrior", but it is gritty, dirty, and makes you question what you would be willing to sacrifice to save something larger then yourself.


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