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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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Casey Biggs (Damar) is the ex-husband of Roxann Dawson who played B'Elana Torres in Star Trek Voyager. 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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Take it in the eye Star Trek Discovery
7 June 2019 | by dnovo-141-24243See all my reviews

I just saw this episode again, after not having seen it for a number of years, and it shows so well why long time Star Trek fans are disenchanted, (to say the least), with the current showings of the Star trek franchise, (Ahem, Kelvin timeline and Discovery). Star Trek has always been about exploring the human condition in an idealized future. DS9 was the first show to go to the darker side of that exploration with great success I think. It shows how you can make a darker and grittier Star Trek without losing what makes the franchise great. You watch this episode and then try to compare it to 2 years of Star Trek Discovery and..... and.... well, there are no words, suitable for a decent review, to describe the outcome. I truly wish there is more writing like what is shown in this episode in the upcoming Star Trek Picard... but I wouldn't hold my breath.

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