In The Pale Moonlight
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- Season 6, Episode 19
The entire episode is told via flashback from events that unfolded over the last two weeks. Captain Sisko narrates this as he records his personal log entry. This story is about him, but we don’t realize it to start. What we do know is that the Dominion War has taken a toll on the crew. He knows he must bring the Romulans into this war if the Federation has any chance. In order to do this, Sisko knows he must prove Dominion has plans to attack the Romulans. Basically, he must lie to get their help. This results in Sisko securing the release of a forget from Klingon prison.
He needs an authentic Cardassian data rod, which causes Sislo to trade dangerous bio-mimetic gel. The forgery is done and Sisko meets with Vreenak, an influential Romulan Senator. Yet Vreenak’s ship was destroyed before he could get back to Romulus. The Captain finds that Garak, who he put in charge of securing all of this, planted the bomb. Assuming that when the Romulans scan the ship they will see the data and come to the conclusion they need. The Romulans do declare war on Dominion but Sisko must wrestle with condoning forgery, bribery, and murder to make all of this happen.