ST Deep Space Nine "In The Pale Moonlight" End Monologue

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One of the best scenes in Star Trek ever. Great stuff. "I lied. I cheated. I bribed men to cover the crimes of other men. I am an accessory to murder. But the most damning thing of all... I think I can live with it. And if I had to do it all over again, I would. Garak was right about one thing - a guilty conscience is a small price to pay for the safety of the Alpha Quadrant."

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w7100 : this 2 minute scene is better than anything Abrams did in 2 movies 

Joe Ashton : "The most damning thing of all... I can live with it." Just my opinion but this was the best episode of all of the T.V. series. There are moments when you step away from your principles and beliefs out of desperation and necessity. Archer murdering three Xindi in cold blood. Kirk violating the neutral zone to get the cloaking device, Ro deserting the Federation for the Maquis. All good examples. But this was way over the line and it made the Federation more likable to me, because it showed the lengths humans will go to in order to achieve their goals. It's like Quark said in The Siege of AR-558: Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, Nephew. They're a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people... will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon.

Firefox13A : I used this clip to open my presentation on military ethics to my students... It truly set the tone for the block of instruction. Know what you are getting yourselves into I concluded the brief following some gray scenarios on right and wrong. There is so much truth to this scene. Hard decisions need to be made, then we learn to live with them. Fantastic scene, amazing series. Thank you for posting this.

C. Dawg Knight : The best ep of Deep Space Nine. This is exactly why DS9 is beloved by so many. It dared to show us that the 24th century isn't all sunshine and happiness, and that there is a dark side to all things. I think its also why so many like Sisko, because he was more willing to break rules to accomplish a greater good, because he knew they were necessary. You'd never find Kirk or Picard make such bold statements as he does in this episode.

OhManTFE : I hope the Romulans don't check the Recycle Bin otherwise Sisko is screwed!

Oscar Castillo : The cut to black after he asked the computer to erase his log is as dramatic now as it was when I first saw it. Well done by the director and editors.

Red Tuesday : It still pisses me off that "Trials and Tribble-ations" from season 5 is rated 0.1 point higher on IMDB over this masterpiece, the best episode of not only DS9, but the entire Star Trek franchise.

BMS : This was probably where Sisko started to become the legendary tactician that he is. I always believed that he was the best written/acted captain in the ST universe.

Ajes : best speech from the whole star trek franchise

R8erNation636 : Kirk or Picard? Trick question.  Sisko.

Evil Otto : This is why the answer to the old "Kirk or Picard" question is... SISKO.

Corey : And now people are crying about how "dark" Discovery looks after the Comic-Con trailer.... Guess they forgot about DS9 existing. What a shame, best Star Trek series of all time.

ramairgto72 : Sisko was so much better when he shaved his head and got fucking crazy, who else thinks so?

ProzacMan : This is still my favorite Captain's Log in all of Star Trek.

Graham HK : Ds9 never ignored the reality of the big decisions. Must've been loads of military commanders seeing this episode that could relate to what the Sisko is saying.

Truett Edgell : I like how he never takes a drink out of that glass through the entire scene. It shows the audience that Sisko is making this decision freely in his right mind. He is not being controlled, influenced, or out of his right mind, he is choosing to be a monster himself.

Lan Spencer : is it bad that i can recite this entire scene? gotta thank my dad for moulding me into a trekkie

al Mamlūk : This really does show that at the end of the day, Sisko is probably one of the most Machiavellian Starfleet officers outside of Section 31. He knows that the events which led to the Romulan entry into the war and his part in those events is wrong. Morally wrong, it goes against everything the Federation stands for. But he also realizes, that with the war against the Dominion in full swing, the old rules no longer apply. Everything has changed, the Federation is no longer a diplomatic, exploration and scientific alliance, it is a military force, and in war, you can't afford to be nice. In war, the ends really do justify the means. Goddamn it I love Sisko.

Army Pea : Without question. Best stand alone episode of Star Trek ever.

T'Shara Brown : One of Sisko's / Avery Brooks' best acting moments.

RepublicAgent : "So then I went back to my office... and there... was a new casualty list waiting for me. People are dying out there every day! Entire worlds are struggling for their freedom and here _I am_, still worrying about the finer points of morality. No, I...I had to keep my eye on the ball! Winning the war, stopping the bloodshed---those were the priorities!" Like... Wow...

kada jawi : This scene shows why I think DS9 was ultimately better than B5. The acting is just sublime, while I like the B5 actors, they took ages to grow into their roles, and they never reached the brilliance of the DS9 actors. The script, the dialogue is simply more polished, it feels more real. Understandable, since JMS wanted to do _everything_ himself. Had he had writers that could flesh out his ideas, his plot, that would spend weeks getting every nuance right, it would have been a much better show. And finally, DS9 was on a very different level, technically. Again, no surprise, with a budget that was between 2 and 4 million dollar per episode, while B5 was probably way below 1 million. Had B5 been done now, with modern special effects, with more preparation, less rushed, it would have been amazing. Sadly that did not happen. If there is one show that deserves a remake, done by the creators of that show, it is B5.

Jason Fuentes : Bestest captain. This is what happens when you send a person into uncharted territory, where the border is etched with the warning "Heer Be Dragones," and an outpost whose very existence is considered an embarrassment. People are needed with intestinal fortitude, a highly developed sense of morality, and a low opinion of standard ethics.

DraftMasterJohn : Shivers!  Anyone else???

Dersu DeLarge : Haunting.

Anthony Dolgos : Ds9 has the best acting of all the Star Trek shows.

DSWynne : I listen to this monologue whenever I am in a moral or ethical impasse. Brilliant stuff.

MekaniDragon : In the Grim Darkness of the Star Trek Universe, there is Captain Sisko.

Medalion : This episode encapsulates so much about what DS9 was to the Star Trek universe.   For all the good and bad it represents.   Love this damn show so much

J N : Is the honor of one man worth the lives of millions? I think it is.

Clàudia NavarroVi : every once in a while this episode comes to my mind and I come back to youtube to find it again..

Adam McLaughlin : Worryingly, sisko reminds me of how far I might go to protect my loved ones. And where can we get the amazing background music from?

Kerorofan : And that's why he's the best. Cause he'll sacrifice his morals to get shit done.

Tawani Anyangwe : On of my (if not the) best episodes.

TheCrazyFereldan : And this is why Sisko is my favourite Captain.

grkpektis : I hate seeing him go through this but if I were in the same position I would do the same thing

zorro456 : Ad this is the BEST CAPTAIN!

jessejauregui : Best performance of Avery Brooks by far

bgcvetan : Most deepest and realistic episode of the all 5 series. Sisko №1

Abid Hussain : The sexiest thing I have ever seen in Star Trek!!!

rideordie : The last "I can live with it?" is so poignant

zorro456 : Sisko is Lawful Evil. I Welcome its Discovery.

bill son : badass

fhr331 : One of the best sci-fi TV episodes ever; not just in the Star Trek universe

Nav Sohanpaul : Chilling!

I am Miconis : The Federation still needed men of action like Kirk. Picard showed that you can't solve everything with words. Kirk or Picard? SISKO!

Malt454 : Anybody notice that his glass is the same one that Decker uses in Blade Runner?

David Gavan : one of my all time favorite DS9 episodes. (the other being "the siege of ar-558)

Kay VanAntwerpen : I'm always going to choose Picard, but this is honestly the best captain moment in all of Star Trek.