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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2018 9:46 p.m. PST

"When we talk about shows we love, it's usually more in general terms—an overall quality, a favorite season. But what's a single episode that you can go and revisit over and over again, regardless of its place in the rest of a show's continuity?

Although it is admittedly rooted in a rather involved storyline for Deep Space Nine's latter seasons, for me it would have to be "In the Pale Moonlight," the sixth-season entry which might be one of the morally darkest Star Trek episodes ever made. I loved it the first time I saw it, and I've rewatched it over and over again since, even when I'm not actually watching any other episodes along with it.

For those unfamiliar, during the back half of Deep Space Nine, the Federation finds itself in a costly war with a faction of aliens from another quadrant of space called the Dominion. "In the Pale Moonlight" sees Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) wrestle with his personal ethics and the tenets Starfleet holds dear, as he engages in a duplicitous plot that would being the shadowy Romulans into an alliance with the Federation, a valuable ally in a war that is on the brink of wiping the Federation out full stop…."
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Legion 410 May 2018 7:55 a.m. PST

Liked a lot of the Voyager and DS9 episodes … they were a little more "gritty", etc.

TNG was a little too "touchy-feely" too many times, IMO …

IMO, one of the Best TNG's was the one about the rogue Star Fleet CPT that went after the Cardassians ships encroaching on Federation borders …

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2018 10:51 a.m. PST

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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2018 3:48 a.m. PST

For me, it's culture clash--and that means "The House of Quark."

Parzival11 May 2018 5:00 p.m. PST

It's a powerful episode with a strong moral question that the script wisely does not attempt to answer. Sisco accepts the damage to his soul, but would the viewer? It's not my favorite, but it may be the one I respect the most… Indeed, I was thinking of it just the other day, while pondering events around the world.

Part time gamer06 Jun 2018 11:53 p.m. PST

It does offer a Very Real Question.

IF 'you' were in the same very desperate situation, just how far are you willing to go, to defend not just a cause, but you own loved ones, as this (the Dominion War) was a very real threat to ALL life in the Alpha Quadrant.

What Would 'You' Really Do.. or Not Do?

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