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The Royale 

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 ... See full summary »

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... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
... Cmdr. William Riker
... Lt. Geordi La Forge
... Lt. Worf
... Counselor Deanna Troi
... Lt. Commander Data
... Wesley Crusher
... Doctor Pulaski
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... Vanessa
... Bellboy
... Texas
... Chief Miles O'Brien
Greg Beecroft ... Mickey D (as Gregory Beecroft)
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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 garykmcd

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25 March 1989 (USA)  »

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The Charybdis was launched from Earth on July 23, 2037. See more »

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Riker states that the 52 star flag patch "places it between 2033, and 2079 A.D." A.D. stands for "anno Domini," which translates as "the year of our Lord." A.D. is properly placed in front of the year number, not behind. See more »

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Commander William T. Riker: Rest in peace, Colonel.
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References The Questor Tapes (1974) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Like a bad holodeck episode...that takes place OUTSIDE the holodeck!
13 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

The Enterprise arrives at planet Theta 8 in order to pick up some space debris that the Klingons found. Oddly, it's from an old Nasa craft--so what's it doing in this part of space?! The away team decide to land on the planet but what they find makes no sense at all--it's am Earth casino called 'The Royale'! At first, the trio are amused at what they find but soon it becomes apparent that they cannot leave--and things become a bit tense. What plays out inside the casino, much of the time, plays out like a holodeck program--and that's NOT good, as the holodeck episodes were usually among the worst in the series. Fortunately, the answer to this conundrum isn't that bad and actually does eventually make some sense. A very strange change of pace episode for the show, that's for sure. But, worth seeing.


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