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The Royale 

Worf, Data and Riker find themselves trapped in a recreation of a poorly written novel.

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Cliff Bole

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Gene Roddenberry (created by), Tracy Tormé (as Keith Mills) | 3 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Diana Muldaur ... Doctor Pulaski
Sam Anderson ... Assistant Manager
Jill Jacobson ... Vanessa
Leo Garcia ... Bellboy
Noble Willingham ... Texas
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Greg Beecroft Greg Beecroft ... Mickey D (as Gregory Beecroft)
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When the Enterprise is advised by a passing Klingon vessel of 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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This takes place in 2365. See more »

Goofs

While Data "cuts" the deck of cards at the Blackjack table with the entire deck in his hand, you see the bottom cards of both sides. They are both the Queen of Spades. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Commander Data: [right before beginning his winning streak at the craps table] Baby needs a new pair of shoes.
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Connections

Referenced in Trekkies (1997) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A fun episode with some good laughs
20 January 2010 | by maximumcoolSee all my reviews

Ever since I saw this episode when it first aired, this has always been one of the favorite episode of ST:TNG. Now, when I was younger, I don't think I got a lot of the humor, but now when I watch it I laugh my head off. The plot is fairly clever and it's always hilarious when we see the members of the Enterprise try to interact with obsolete technology.

The plot revolves around Riker, Worf, and Data become trapped in a sort of simulation based off a "second rate" novel that is set in a 1920's gangster era hotel/casino. The characters they interact with are caricatures and I think the actors and actresses playing them have a good time with that. It's obvious that the writers had a fun time making the most cliché'd version of the hotel that they possibly could. For example, there's a rich Texan playing blackjack and loudly giving advice to anyone who will listen, because there's ALWAYS a rich Texan acting just like that in these kind of novels. There's a gangster named (of course) "Mickey D". And when we find out the opening line of the novel is "It was a dark and stormy night" we know it's probably even worse then we can imagine.


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25 March 1989 (USA) See more »

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