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"The Royale" was the 38th episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 12th episode of the show's second season, first aired during the week of 27 March 1989. The episode was written by Keith Mills and directed by Cliff Bole.


William T. Riker, Data and Worf are trapped on a fantasy planet of endless gamblers!

Log entries

Captain's log, stardate 42625.4.
We are entering orbit around the eighth planet of the previously unmapped Theta 116 solar system. We diverted from our scheduled course when a passing Klingon cruiser reported discovering pieces of a strange vessel in the upper atmosphere of this planet. We've come to investigate.
Captain's log, supplemental.
We remain in orbit around Theta VIII still out of contact with the away team.



Wesley CrusherDataGeordi La ForgeMickey DMiles O'BrienJean-Luc PicardKatherine PulaskiWilliam T. RikerStephen RicheyTexasDeanna TroiVanessaWorfZiggyUSS Enterprise-D computerillusory Humans (Royale assistant manager, Royale bellboy) • unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) personnel (USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) personnel)
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Ali BabaCernanEvansPierre de FermatTodd MatthewsRitaSchmitt

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Galaxy-class explorer)
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Klingon cruiserESS CharybdisNCC-7100


Theta VIII (Theta 116 star system, the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrants)
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Earth locations (Sol star system, the galaxy's Alpha Quadrant): Decatur, TexasNevada (Las Vegas) • TennesseeTexas (Lubbock)

Shipboard areas

USS Enterprise-D
bridgetransporter roomobservation loungeready room

Planetary locales

Theta VIII
The Hotel Royale (lobbycasinosuites)

Races and cultures


Science and classification

anatomybeamingclass K transjovian planetcommunicationscoordinatescryogenicsenergyFermat's last theoremforcefieldhurricaneKei/Yuri factorlanguagelifeformmathmatterneutrinoneutrino interferometryorbitplanetspacestarstar systemtechnologytimetornadouniverseweapon

Technology and weapons

communicatorintercomcombadgetricordersensorsstarshipviewscreentransporterphaserrevolverslot machinetelephone

Materials and substances

atmospherebloodgasoxygenethanekeimiumtormiumyuriumammoniacarbonhydrogen-carbon helixhydrogenmethaneneonnitrogenDNA




hourkilometermetermeters per secondquadrantstardate

States and organizations

FederationStarfleetNASAKlingon EmpireKlingon Defense ForceUnited States Air ForceUnited States of America

Ranks and titles

assistant managerbellboycaptainchief engineerchief medical officercolonelcommandercommanding officerconciergecounselorcroupierdoctorengineerFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2350s-2360s)first officerlieutenantlieutenant commanderlieutenant junior grademanagermedical practitioneroperations managerflight controllerofficerparking lot attendantscientistsecond officersecurity chiefweapons officertactical officer

Other references

American flagblackjackbootCadillaccaptain's logcaptain's log, USS Enterprise-Dcaptain's log, USS Enterprise-D, 2365casinocasino chipCelsiusclothingcowboy hatcrapsdealerdiarydiceflagFlag of the United States of AmericagamblinggovernmentHotel Royalejumpsuitlobbylog entrymarginmurdernation-statenovelnumber onepantsparkingpokerraces and culturesrankStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2350s-2366)titleuniformUnited States dollarshoe


7.2 billion years ago
Theta VIII forms. (prior to episode)
Cadillac makes a model of car that will be described in the literature of Todd Matthews, as the conveyance of Texas, a character in the novel Hotel Royale. (prior to episode)
The American flag is altered to bear 52 stars. (prior to episode)
23 July 2037
NASA launches the ESS Charybdis, the third Human attempt to travel beyond the Sol system. (TNG reference: The Continuing Mission, prior to episode)
NASA's Charybdis goes off course and loses contact with Earth. (prior to episode)
Dragged off course by an alien intelligence, Charybdis reaches Theta 116 star system. An artificial environment for Colonel Stephen G. Richey, who piloted the starship, is created, based on the book Hotel Royale, after the alien accidentally decimates the Charybdis crew. The vessel breaks up under the aliens influence in orbit of planet Theta VIII. (prior to episode)
The American flag is altered to no longer bear 52 stars. (prior to episode)
Colonel Richey dies. (prior to episode)
A Klingon cruiser passes the Theta 116 star system and performs a sensor sweep. The Klingons detect spacecraft debris in orbit, and notify the Federation of the discovery, moving on in their course without further investigation. (prior to episode)
stardate 42625.4, 2365 (2360s chronology, Enterprise-D voyages)
Enterprise travels to Theta 116.


Related media

Video releases


  • This story originated from a season one story pitch by writer Tracy Tormé. After the 1988 writers' strike, several older scripts were used for the second season. After extensive re-writes by the staff, Tormé declined to be credited, using the pseudonym "Keith Mills". Tormé was credited as "creative consultant" instead.
  • A piece of artwork created for computer viewscreens went unused in the episode, a biography of Col. Richey's mission, and was later reprinted in TNG reference: The Continuing Mission. Another later diagram of the Charybdis found print in Star Trek Magazine Issue 162: "Blast Off!".


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Packaging images


Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes and movies
Season 1 "Encounter at Farpoint" • "The Naked Now" • "Code of Honor" • "The Last Outpost" • "Where No One Has Gone Before" • "Lonely Among Us" • "Justice" • "The Battle" • "Hide and Q" • "Haven" • "The Big Goodbye" • "Datalore" • "Angel One" • "11001001" • "Too Short a Season" • "When the Bough Breaks" • "Home Soil" • "Coming of Age" • "Heart of Glory" • "The Arsenal of Freedom" • "Symbiosis" • "Skin of Evil" • "We'll Always Have Paris" • "Conspiracy" • "The Neutral Zone"
Season 2 "The Child" • "Where Silence Has Lease" • "Elementary, Dear Data" • "The Outrageous Okona" • "Loud as a Whisper" • "The Schizoid Man" • "Unnatural Selection" • "A Matter of Honor" • "The Measure of a Man" • "The Dauphin" • "Contagion" • "The Royale" • "Time Squared" • "The Icarus Factor" • "Pen Pals" • "Q Who" • "Samaritan Snare" • "Up the Long Ladder" • "Manhunt" • "The Emissary" • "Peak Performance" • "Shades of Gray"
Season 3 "Evolution" • "The Ensigns of Command" • "The Survivors" • "Who Watches the Watchers?" • "The Bonding" • "Booby Trap" • "The Enemy" • "The Price" • "The Vengeance Factor" • "The Defector" • "The Hunted" • "The High Ground" • "Deja Q" • "A Matter of Perspective" • "Yesterday's Enterprise" • "The Offspring" • "Sins of the Father" • "Allegiance" • "Captain's Holiday" • "Tin Man" • "Hollow Pursuits" • "The Most Toys" • "Sarek" • "Ménage à Troi" • "Transfigurations" • "The Best of Both Worlds"
Season 4 "The Best of Both Worlds" • "Family" • "Brothers" • "Suddenly Human" • "Remember Me" • "Legacy" • "Reunion" • "Future Imperfect" • "Final Mission" • "The Loss" • "Data's Day" • "The Wounded" • "Devil's Due" • "Clues" • "First Contact" • "Galaxy's Child" • "Night Terrors" • "Identity Crisis" • "The Nth Degree" • "Qpid" • "The Drumhead" • "Half a Life" • "The Host" • "The Mind's Eye" • "In Theory" • "Redemption"
Season 5 "Redemption" • "Darmok" • "Ensign Ro" • "Silicon Avatar" • "Disaster" • "The Game" • "Unification" • "A Matter of Time" • "New Ground" • "Hero Worship" • "Violations" • "The Masterpiece Society" • "Conundrum" • "Power Play" • "Ethics" • "The Outcast" • "Cause and Effect" • "The First Duty" • "Cost of Living" • "The Perfect Mate" • "Imaginary Friend" • "I, Borg" • "The Next Phase" • "The Inner Light" • "Time's Arrow"
Season 6 "Time's Arrow" • "Realm of Fear" • "Man of the People" • "Relics" • "Schisms" • "True Q" • "Rascals" • "A Fistful of Datas" • "The Quality of Life" • "Chain of Command" • "Ship in a Bottle" • "Aquiel" • "Face of the Enemy" • "Tapestry" • "Birthright" • "Starship Mine" • "Lessons" • "The Chase" • "Frame of Mind" • "Suspicions" • "Rightful Heir" • "Second Chances" • "Timescape" • "Descent"
Season 7 "Descent" • "Liaisons" • "Interface" • "Gambit" • "Phantasms" • "Dark Page" • "Attached" • "Force of Nature" • "Inheritance" • "Parallels" • "The Pegasus" • "Homeward" • "Sub Rosa" • "Lower Decks" • "Thine Own Self" • "Masks" • Eye of the Beholder" • "Genesis" • "Journey's End" • "Firstborn" • "Bloodlines" • "Emergence" • "Preemptive Strike" • "All Good Things..."
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