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"The Darkness and the Light" was the 109th episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the 11th episode of the show's fifth season, first aired during the week of 6 January 1997. The episode was written by Bryan Fuller and Ronald D. Moore and directed by Michael Vejar.


When the members of the Shakaar resistance cell are murdered, Kira Nerys risks her life to find the person behind the deaths.



Julian Bashir (changeling)BrilgarJadzia DaxFurelJones (Lieutenant)Kira NerysLatha MabrinLupazaNogMiles O'BrienOdoSilaran PrinQuarkBenjamin SiskoTrentin FalaWorfDeep Space 9 personnel (Deep Space 9 residents)
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Buckner AdamRossi AprilCurry DanStipes DavidHoffmeister EdWilliams EddieHutzel GaryElkins JudyFernandes KristiLangmatz LauraMobaraKeiko O'BrienMolly O'BrienLefebvre PeterMorad PirakRamirez (Captain)


BajorBajoran templeCalashDeep Space 9Habitat ringInfirmaryOperations centerPromenadeQuark'sReplimatStation commander's officeWardroom
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Cardassia (Cardassia system) • Dahkur ProvinceDemilitarized ZoneHathonMusilla ProvinceStarbase 63Bernay Prime (Bernay system) • Faralos III (Faralos system) • Galloway sectorLauritson NebulaPosell VI (Posell system) • Regent Lipsett

Starships and vehicles

USS Defiant (Defiant-class escort) • USS Rio Grande (Danube-class runabout) • USS Leeds (Nebula-class explorer, in opening credits)

Races and cultures

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States and organizations

Bajoran MilitiaStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Bajoran ResistanceShakaar resistance cellStarfleet Academy

Other references

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Related media

Video releases


Notable cast and crew

Captain Benjamin Sisko.




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