Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 5 Episode 11

The Darkness and the Light

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jan 06, 1997 on Syndicado
7.7
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Stardate: 50416.2 One by one, members of the Shakaar resistance cell are murdered, and Kira becomes increasingly worried that she will be next.

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  • A nice little Kira episode

    7.5
    This Kira episode is a well executed murder mystery that succeeds despite its simplicity.



    Director Michael Vejar returns to the Star Trek fold for the first time in nine years (joining the directors' rotation from here on out) and uses his steady hand to play up the suspense and surprises in Ron Moore's teleplay. There's nothing ground breaking, and as mysteries go, the episode is underwhelming. But Vejar and Moore understand that the episode isn't really about the mystery or the murderer at all, it's about Kira. Exploring her emotions in a new situation while staying true to the character's roots, the episode evolves into a powerful character piece. with an ending reminiscent of second season's "Duet". (Guest star Randy Oglesby deserves credit for matching Harris Yulin's intensity).



    In the end, however, it is just a budget saving filler episode with a predictable ending.moreless
  • An intense suspense thriller.

    8.5
    I wouldn't quite put this episode at the top tier of DS9's episode, but it is a fine example of the kind of great installments the show was cranking on a regular basis by this point in its run.



    Slowly, murder by murder, the suspense is ratcheted up - for both us and the Major. The scene in her quarters will probably make you jump. Of course, just like many suspense thrillers involving a serial killer, this one involves Kira going out to directly confront her nemesis. And if anything, that final harrowing encounter is even more intense than what came before.



    Kira's seeming moral indifference to - in fact, her spirited justification of - the killing of innocents is an unsettling part of this episode's conclusion. It's hard to tell to what degree she believes it. But DS9 rarely let us off easy.moreless
  • Well suspense episode!

    9.0
    I think that this episode is not considered as it should be. I mean, it's a classic suspense episode. It's directed by Michael Vejar, a great director in this subjetc (see MacGyver to know what I'm talking about). All the silences, the shadows, the hints and the "deceptions" are very well constructed. The death of Fala on the transporter is as harsh as original. It never happened before that a person could die like that when tele transporting. Her carbonized corpse is very disturbing, in fact.

    The performances of all the actors are as acurate as they are touching. Especially "Odo", who talks during the entire episode submerged in the atmosphere of suspicion and sorrow.

    Great episode, I recomend it specially.moreless
  • Missed Opportunity

    8.1
    The episode is exciting, but it ultimately doesn't add up to much. Kira's friends start dying off, she is taunted by the killer every time one does, and she is very pregnant to boot. Finally, she works on her own to find the killer and save her life.



    The episode is fairly good for what it is, but it could easily have been a classic. This could have been an opportunity to examine Kira's guilt about the resistance's targeting of innocents--it could have allowed Kira some room for growth. Instead, the episode really doesn't amount to much--it's more or less self-contained, and aside from a subtle moment of regret at the end, there is little acting here to elevate it. Don't get me wrong, Visitor is compelling as always, but it just never congeals. It could have been worse, but then again, it could have been better.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Randy Oglesby

Randy Oglesby

Silaran Prin

Guest Star

William Lucking

William Lucking

Furel

Guest Star

Diane Salinger

Diane Salinger

Lupaza

Guest Star

Aron Eisenberg

Aron Eisenberg

Nog

Recurring Role

Judi Durand

Judi Durand

Station Computer Voice

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • By the end of this episode, six members of the Shakaar resistance cell have been killed: Latha Mabrin, Trentin Fala, Mobara, Lupaza and Furel.

    • We learn that Kira officially joined the Shakaar resistance at 13; and that Lupaza made Kira's earring from a piece of metal from Kira's first skirmish.

    • Nitpick: When Dax questions Worf about how he knows the Rules of Aquisition, he mentions about being a Starfleet graduate as if that was his reason. When Worf was at the acadamy, first confirmed contact with the Ferengi hadn't been made yet.

    • Goof: Captain Sisko wears his comm badge in the incorrect place during this episode. He wears it on the grey shoulder stripe when it should be worn on the black chest area. The rest of the senior staff wear theirs in the correct place.

    • Nitpick: Prin tells Kira what involvement Latha Mabrin, Trentin Falla, Furel, Lupaza and she herself all had with the attack in which he was scarred but does not mention Mobara's.

    • Nitpick: The members of the Shakaar resistance group are being picked off one by one, but nobody seems to have tried to contact Shakaar, either for information, protection, a heads-up, or as Kira's main squeeze.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Kira: You lived on our land and you took the food out of our mouths, and I don't care whether you held a phaser in your hand or you ironed shirts for a living. You were all guilty and you were all legitimate targets!
      Prin: And that's what makes you a murderer. Indiscriminate killing... no sense of morality... no thought given to the consequences of your action. That's what makes us different.
      Kira: I was a soldier. You're just a bitter old man out for revenge.
      Prin: I am bringing the guilty to justice. And unlike you, I take care to protect the innocent.

    • Kira: (talking about Prinn) He wanted to protect the innocent... and separate the darkness from the light. But he didn't realise that light only shines in the dark, and sometimes innocence.... is just an excuse for the guilty.

    • Worf: Quark may lend you the money, but remember Rule Of Acquisition number 111: 'Treat people in your debt like family... exploit them'.
      Jadzia: You know the Rules of Acquisition?
      Worf: I am a graduate of Starfleet Academy; I know many things.

    • Bashir: (talking about makara herbs) The herbs do act as a counteragent. But I thought you said you weren't having problems sleeping anymore and you didn't need the sedatives?
      Kira: I don't... but, Julian, those herbs taste like something that crawled out of Quark's ear!

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