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?
Picard says it's not a very promising start when The Royale book begins, "It was a dark and stormy night." This opening line was first used in 1830 by Sir Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
for the novel Paul Clifford, and has been imitated and spoofed by countless other authors including W.W. Jacobs
and Charles M. Schulz
. It is often used to make fun of humorously incompetent or overly melodramatic writing, which is why Picard expects The Royale to be a bad book. See more
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
Commander William T. Riker
[reading from the diary entry of Colonel Richey
"I write this in the hope that it will someday be read by human eyes. I can only surmise at this point, but apparently, our exploratory shuttle was contaminated by an alien life form, which infected and killed all personnel except myself. I awakened to find myself here in the Royale Hotel, precisely as described in the novel I found in my room. And for the last 38 years, I have survived here. I have come to understand that the alien contaminators ...
References The Questor Tapes
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more