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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There was a Colonel Richard "Stephen" Ritchie in the U.S. Air Force. He was the first and only Air Force Ace pilot in the Vietnam War. He retired a highly decorated Brigadier General in 1999 and as of 2016 is still alive and well and gives speeches on his free time. 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
[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 Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more