Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2, Episode 12

The Royale (25 Mar. 1989)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Captain Picard says "Curiouser and curiouser...," a recurring line from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," which goes along well with the book-related nature of this episode. See more »

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They report that the planet has a temperature of -291 degrees Celsius. This is impossible since absolute zero, the lowest possible temperature, is -273 Celsius. See more »

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Lt. Commander Data: [about the people in the Royale] They do exist. But they do not register as either man or machine.
[Texas is stepping out of a lift]
Lt. Commander Data: Take this creature, for example. He does not exhibit any DNA structure.
Texas: Excuse me, son? Look who's talking. Man, you sound just like my ex-wife!
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References Climax!: Casino Royale (1954) See more »

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Recommended Royale
12 February 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The Royale is one of the best episodes from season 2.I actually watched it on sky one way back on the 5th of June 2005 and I'm only getting round to writing my review now.

Upon discovering debris from a 21st century NASA spaceship near a strange planet.Entering the planet Data,Riker and Worf come across a hotel style casino from the 1980's.Investigating further they find a book written by a NASA astronaut called Hotel Royale.It then dawns on them they are in a living version of the book.Having seen out the conclusion of the book the officers are able to return to the enterprise.

This episode stands out as it was refreshing to see a realistic version of Earth and the plot involving the characters living out the novel was pretty creative on the part of the writing team.Also the supporting cast have a sizeable part and played it well.


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