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In the Pale Moonlight
Stardate 51721.3
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, episode 143 (6.19)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

Avery Brooks   IMDB   Captain Benjamin Sisko
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lt. Commander Worf
Rene Auberjonois   IMDB   Odo
Terry Farrell   IMDB   Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton   IMDB   Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney   IMDB   Miles Edward O'Brien
Armin Shimerman   IMDB   Quark
Siddig El Fadil   IMDB   Lieutenant Julian Bashir
Nana Visitor   IMDB   Major Kira Nerys
Guest Cast:
Andrew Jordt Robinson   IMDB   Elim Garak
Jeffrey Combs   IMDB   Weyoun
Casey Biggs   IMDB   Glinn Damar
Howard Shangraw   IMDB   Grathon Tolar
Stephen McHattie   IMDB   Vreenak
Judi Durand   IMDB   Cardassian Computer Voice
David Bell   IMDB
Victor Lobl   IMDB
Michael Taylor   IMDB
Peter Allan Fields   IMDB
VHS   ST:DS9 VHS 6.10
Deep Space Nine Teaser #143: In the Pale Moonlight

Sisko goes to great lengths to enlist Romulan support in the Dominion war.
Going over casualty lists, Sisko realizes there is only one hope of winning the war - the Romulans, who signed a non-aggression pact with the Dominion - must be convinced to join the Federation/Klingon Alliance. Sure that the Dominion will eventually invade Romulus anyway, Sisko recruits Garak to discreetly obtain evidence from Cardassia that will bring the Romulans into the war.

Sisko soon learns that several Cardassians expressed a willingness to help Garak, but all were killed within one day of speaking with him. Undaunted, Garak suggests that he and Sisko manufacture false evidence of an impending Dominion attack on Romulus, then call a secret meeting with a Romulan senator scheduled to be in the sector and present it to him. Frustration with the war convinces Sisko to agree, and when Garak recruits a condemned prisoner named Tolar to create the crucial evidence, the scheme begins.

Garak locates the Cardassian data rod necessary for the forgery, but Sisko must reluctantly trade a rare and dangerous compound for it. Then he, Garak, and Tolar get to work, creating a recording of a holographic meeting in which Weyoun, the Dominion leader, and Cardassia's Damar discuss plans to invade Romulus. Soon afterward, Senator Vreenak arrives.

Vreenak is condescending, sure that the Federation is about to fall to the Dominion. But when Sisko tells him the Dominion is planning to invade Romulus, Vreenak's mood changes. Sisko takes him to a secured holosuite and shows him the recording of the "meeting," after which Vreenak asks to examine the data rod. He later faces Sisko and announces that the rod is a fake.

A furious Vreenak leaves the station, vowing to expose Sisko to the entire Alpha Quadrant. Instead, the Romulan's shuttle explodes, killing him and damaging the forged data rod. An investigation points to the Dominion, but while the rest of his crew is ecstatic, Sisko is infuriated. He confronts Garak, who admits he suspected the rod might not pass inspection and placed a bomb on Vreenak's shuttle to guarantee the plan worked. Sure enough, it does - the Romulan Empire formally declares war against the Dominion. Sisko is upset to have lied and cheated, but with a possible victory finally in sight, he decides it's a feeling with which he can live.

By Dark Materia on 14 Dec 2002 19:02:36
Another favourite. The story is very clever. Once again Avery Brooks excels in the role of Sisko. The ending is very surprising. "It's a FAKE!" it certainly surprised me. I love it when Sisko knocks out Garak for being so damned devious. WHACK!

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