When the Enterprise is advised by a passing Klingon vessel that there is strange debris in orbit around a nearby planet, they investigate only to find a piece of a NASA spacecraft emblazoned with the US flag. The planet below has severe weather and an unbreathable atmosphere except for one small area that appears to be inhabitable by humans. Riker, Data and Worf beam down to the surface only to find a single revolving door leading them to the casino floor in the Hotel Royale. They soon find that they are trapped there and cannot exit. As they explore the hotel, they find the remains of a human, dead for several centuries. They also find his diary and a cheap pulp fiction novel that seems to be the story taking place in the hotel itself. Written by
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The American flag on the ship debris has 52 stars. According to the fictitious history given in this episode, this configuration was used from 2033 until 2079. See more
Data is playing blackjack. The dealer deals Data a 7 and a 5 in the wide shot. However, in the close-up shot, the cards become a 3 and 2, thus allowing Data to get the five-card Charlie. See more
Counselor Deanna Troi
[listening to Mickey D. and the bellboy
I don't believe this dialogue. Did humans really talk like that?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Not in real life. Remember, everything that's going on down there is taken from what Colonel Richey calls "a second-rate novel".
References Climax!: Casino Royale
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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