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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The American flag on the ship debris has 52 stars. According to the fictitious history given in this episode, this configuration was used from 2033 until 2079. See more
Riker notes that since the flag patch on Col Richey's uniform has 52 stars, it "places it between 2033, and 2079 A.D." However, when requesting information about the colonel, he states that they are in a 20th century structure, and states that Col. Richey is from the same era. Those dates are 21st Century, not 20th. See more
Commander William T. Riker
When the train comes in, everybody rides.
Yeah. And I'm gettin' off at this station.
References The Questor Tapes
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
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