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
When the revolving door is viewed from the outside, Worf enters first, Data second; then Riker misses the third section and enters using the fourth section of the door. When the revolving door is viewed from the inside of the casino, Worf enters first, Data second, and Riker enters immediately after Data, rather than using the fourth section of the door. See more
Commander William T. Riker
When the train comes in, everybody rides.
Yeah. And I'm gettin' off at this station.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more