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.
Did You Know?
This episode, airing in 1988, predicts that Fermat's Last Theorem would have gone unsolved for 800 years as of the mid-24th century. It was actually solved in 1993 by Princeton University Professor Andrew Wiles
. In 2016 he won the Abel prize in recognition of his accomplishment. See more
Data plays blackjack. The dealer deals him a 7 and a 5 in the wide shot; however, in the close-up shot, the cards become a 3 and 2, thus allowing Data to get the five-card Charlie. See more
[standing over the dead bellboy
You shoulda listened to me, kid. No woman's worth dying for. Killing for. Not dying for.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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