In the Pale Moonlight

In The Pale Moonlight

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In the Pale Moonlight

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"In the Pale Moonlight" (working title: Patriot) is the 19th episode of the sixth season of Deep Space Nine. The episode has an average rating of 4.8/5 on the official Star Trek website (as of November 2, 2009), one of the highest rated episodes out of all of the Star Trek series on the website.

Sick of the losses the Federation is taking in the war, Sisko enlists Garak's help in getting the Romulans to join the Federation against the Dominion. Sisko soon learns that in order to save the Federation, he must violate the values for which it stands.

An exploration of compromising morality to achieve an end, this episode was juxtaposed with the previous episode: "Inquisition", where the characters condemned the attempts of the covert organization Section 31 to break the laws of the Federation in order to protect it. Those opinions are questioned and put to the test in this episode.

The name of the episode, "In the Pale Moonlight", is a nod to the 1989 Tim Burton film Batman, wherein the Joker asks victims "Ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?" Dancing with the devil is a metaphor for being or working close to something that is the antithesis of what you believe or for which you stand.

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Captain Sisko, worried over events of the last several days, recites an entry into his personal log which...
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