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
Did You Know?
The mission patch on Col. Ritchie's (the dead astronaut) uniform, found in the wardrobe, is that of Apollo 17 with the word 'Apollo' obscured. See more
When Commander Riker leaves the elevator in the Hotel Royale by himself, the door quickly opens and immediately closes after he steps out. Since the story of The Hotel Royale takes place in the 20th century, there are no hotel elevators whose doors would open and close so quickly. See more
Commander William T. Riker
None of it makes any sense.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Like Fermat's Theorem, it's a puzzle we may never solve.
References The Questor Tapes
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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