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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 garykmcd

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25 March 1989 (USA)  »

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At the beginning of the episode, Captain Picard is attempting to solve classic mathematician Pierre de Fermat's last theorem, A squared + B squared = C squared, which according to Picard had gone unproven for 800 years. In reality the equation was finally proven in 1994, 5 years after the episode aired, by mathematician Andrew Wiles, ending it's 358 year old mystery. Wiles' proof was finally acknowledged in 2016 after 22 years of thorough scrutiny. See more »


While Data is "cutting" the deck of cards at the Blackjack table with the entire deck in his had, you see him bottom cards of both sides. They are both the Queen of Spades. See more »


Lieutenant Worf: What is this place? How did a being like you get here?
Asst. Manager: Why, this is the Royale, of course. And my personal life is really none of your business, thank you.
Commander William T. Riker: What he means is, what planet is this?
Asst. Manager: I beg your pardon?
Commander William T. Riker: This planet, what do you call it?
Asst. Manager: Earth. What do you call it?
Lieutenant Worf: We call it Theta VIII.
Asst. Manager: How charming.
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References The Questor Tapes (1974) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Like a bad holodeck episode...that takes place OUTSIDE the holodeck!
13 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise arrives at planet Theta 8 in order to pick up some space debris that the Klingons found. Oddly, it's from an old Nasa craft--so what's it doing in this part of space?! The away team decide to land on the planet but what they find makes no sense at all--it's am Earth casino called 'The Royale'! At first, the trio are amused at what they find but soon it becomes apparent that they cannot leave--and things become a bit tense. What plays out inside the casino, much of the time, plays out like a holodeck program--and that's NOT good, as the holodeck episodes were usually among the worst in the series. Fortunately, the answer to this conundrum isn't that bad and actually does eventually make some sense. A very strange change of pace episode for the show, that's for sure. But, worth seeing.

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