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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.


Victor Lobl


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




Episode credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Capt. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Cmdr. Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles 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)


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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Release Date:

15 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second episode in a row in which Weyoun (Jeffrey Combs) appears only as a holographic simulation. See more »


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 »


[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 »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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A Complex Man
7 November 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a superb episode because Sisko finally realizes that there are things that commitment to rules don't accomplish. Look at the adversaries: The Dominion, the Cardassians, and the Romulans. What integrity do they have when it comes to codes of ethics. They are strictly embedded in conquest. What Sisko admits to in his log is the manipulating of the war, attempting to push the Romulans into battle with their allies. It is a strategy that Sisko finds reprehensible, but he also realizes that without action, he will continue to put name after name on his casualty board. He enlists Garak, who is awesome in this episode as the master manipulator and conniver. Don't miss this episode.

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